When you have an allergy to a certain trigger even a whiff of it can throw you off the track. This is especially true for seasonal allergies caused due to pollen dispersion. While you keep your utensils clean and your home dusted, you may be missing out on a few lurking allergens, only to give yourself more allergy problems.
Did you know that your shoes that you wear from outdoors can harbour pollen, not just in their soles but all over. Having a separate footwear stand outside your home can help prevent carrying this pollen in. Here are a few other allergy mistakes that you can avoid easily.
Try Avoiding These Allergy Crimes
1. Ordering Food From Outside
What relief it is to be able to order food from somewhere without having to cook yourself! However, if you have a food allergy, this is the worst thing you can do. Food cooked elsewhere always has the risk of contamination, and since anaphylaxis does not depend on the quantity of the allergen but its mere presence, it is a disaster in the making.1
2. Not Letting People Know About Your Allergies
When you are invited to someone’s home for the first time, telling them about your allergy may seem inappropriate. However, by letting them know, you give them an opportunity to make alternative arrangements. For example, if they have pets and you are allergic to them, you can perhaps arrange to meet elsewhere. Likewise, if you are allergic to peanuts, they will avoid cooking with peanuts while you are there.
3. Not Checking The Pollen Count
The national allergy bureau has a pollen count register.2 If you are allergic to pollen, checking the levels in different parts of the country you wish to visit can save you a world of pain in the form of antihistamine medication.
4. Neglecting Your Eyes
In people with seasonal allergies, itchy and watery eyes are a common symptom upon exposure. However, this doesn’t mean that your eyes do not need care outdoors. Chronic allergies can harm the cornea quite severely.3 If you notice persistent symptoms of conjunctivitis, it is time to wear sunglasses and ask a doctor for appropriate medication.
5. Not Getting A Thorough Allergy Test
Oftentimes, people with an allergy to one trigger are often allergic to varying degrees to other triggers as well. When you first spot an allergic condition, you need to get a comprehensive allergy test done to determine what triggers you are allergic to. Skin tests need to be done in a specialist’s office to avoid adverse reactions.4
6. Not Taking A Shower After An Outdoor Trip
Even if you step out for just a few hours, chances are that pollen and other allergens have stuck to your clothing and hair. By showering after an outdoor trip, you can wash yourself off of these allergens and avoid a nasal waterfall.
7. Consuming Alcohol During An Allergy Bout
Alcohol is known to be a vasodilator.5 It causes the blood capillaries to loosen, thereby increasing blood flow to different parts of the body. When you have an allergy, your nose is already sore from having blown out all the icky stuff. By drinking alcohol, you are causing the nasal lining to receive more blood, be inflamed and be irritated even further! Some alcoholic beverages like red wine also contain sulfates which are known to cause allergies in a lot of people.
|↑1||Food Allergies in Schools. Center For Disease Control and Prevention, 2017.|
|↑2||NAB Pollen Counts. National Allergy Bureau.|
|↑3||Fukagawa, Kazumi, Toshiharu Nakajima, Kazuo Tsubota, Shigeto Shimmura, Hirohisa Saito, and Koichi Hirai. “Presence of eotaxin in tears of patients with atopic keratoconjunctivitis with severe corneal damage.” Journal of allergy and clinical immunology 103, no. 6 (1999): 1220-1221.|
|↑4||Allergy Testing. American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.|
|↑5||Gillespie, J. A. “Vasodilator properties of alcohol.” British medical journal 2, no. 5547 (1967): 274.|