Are You Making Your Allergies Worse?

Have you noticed your wastebasket is full of tissues again? It's allergy season, and for many people, that means several weeks and months of annoying symptoms, such as runny, itchy eyes and congestion. While there are many things you can do to make your allergies better, there are also a lot of things you can do to make them worse. Are you guilty of making them worse with one of these habits?

Not Cleaning Your Contact Lenses Enough

Think about it. You wear your contacts all day long, and if pollen gets trapped in your eye, it stays there for a while. It is better to switch to eyeglasses during allergy season because contact lenses are more likely to absorb airborne irritants, such as pollen and smoke. If you are going to stick with contact lenses, invest in disposable ones for the springtime.

Are You Letting Stress Get to You?

Being in chronic stress has many negative health affects; one being that it lowers your immune system’s line of defense. With a weakened immune system, your body will have a harder time controlling allergy symptoms. Researchers found that those with higher levels of stress also had four or more allergy flare-ups. How can you beat stress? The important thing is to learn manage stress, such as through meditation or exercise.

Winding Down with a Glass of Wine

We just told you to learn how to handle your stress, but winding down with a glass of wine is not ideal. Alcohol, especially red wine, causes allergy flare-ups in many individuals. This is because these individuals are more sensitive to the sulfites.

Too Much Chlorine

Swimming or sitting next to a pool can also cause your allergies to increase. This is due to the high levels of chlorine, which is an irritating gas. Chlorine does that same thing to your eyes and nasal passage that fumes do. So if you are sitting next to a pool and can smell the chlorine, you can be sure that it is getting into your skin.

Showering in the Morning

For the spring, you should consider showering at night. This is because pollen can cling to your skin throughout the day. Therefore, if you go to bed, you could be taking the pollen with you. Instead, skip the shower in the morning in favor for a p.m. shower.

Allergies can be quite annoying. The Joint is here to help. Chiropractic care may help strengthen your immune system and reduce the severity of allergy symptoms. Stop in today to check out how good a wellness adjustment feels.

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