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What Can I Do About My Allergies?

Author: Arthur Truax

 What can I do about my allergies?

Even if you are in outstanding health, when allergy season strikes, there seems to be nothing you can do. Whether you are allergic to pollen, ragweed or animal dander, the symptoms of allergies can make it nearly impossible to enjoy anything fun about spring or get much of anything productive done at work.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to soothe your allergies. It is important you first make sure that you are not doing anything that may make your allergies worse. According to The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), you may actually be making allergy symptoms worse.

"People with spring allergies often don't realize how many things can aggravate their allergy symptoms so they just muddle along and hope for an early end to the season. But there's no reason to suffer. A few simple adjustments in habits and treatment can make springtime much more enjoyable," said past president of the ACAAI, Myron Zitt, M.D.

One of the suggestions the organization makes is getting professional help right away. An allergist should tell you exactly what kinds of medications will be able to help you so you can feel better sooner. Also, it may seem like a good idea to open the windows for fresh air, but this can make you feel worse as it will invite more pollen and allergens into your home.

Eating certain kinds of foods may soothe you allergies. The Huffington Post says pineapple, for example, can help decrease the inflammation typically associated with allergies. A food packed with antioxidants can also provide allergy relief. The source suggests raspberries, blueberries or grapes to help the body fight against the the foreign objects causing your allergies.

Finally, try using a air purifier in your house. This should help ease your symptoms. If nothing else, clean and vacuum every room in your house regularly when allergies are particularly persistent.

In Brief

  • ven if you are in outstanding health, when allergy season strikes, there seems to be nothing you can do.

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