Allergy season is no fun, but did you know that there are far more things that set off an allergy attack than just plants and their pollen? Here are a few odd things that can make your natural seasonal allergies worse!
Some fruits like apples, tomatoes, and cantaloupe have a pollen-like protein that can trigger your seasonal allergies. Peeling or cooking these kinds of fruits or veggies can help break down that protein and help you avoid the itchy throat and mouth that they can cause.
Contact lenses have the unfortunate trait of trapping things in your eyes. When pollen or dust gets in your eyes, the contact lenses can keep them there, making your symptoms worse that they normally would be. If you don't want to switch the lenses, try using disposables that you can change out more frequently during allergy season.
Stress can mess a lot of things up, even allergies. Whether it's meditation or getting some shut-eye, find things to help you relax so your symptoms are more bearable. When you don't feel well and you're anxious, that's when your symptoms tend to be worse
Anything with fragrance added can irritate the lining of the eyelids and nasal passages. This means perfume, candles, air fresheners, and incense!
Swimming in a chlorinated pool—and even just sitting near one—can be just as bad for your allergies as candles and perfume. The chemical is a irritant and can set off an allergy attack (especially in indoor pools!)
Pollen doesn't just cling to your clothes, it also sticks to skin and hair. The problem with pollen is that you can't see, and if you're waking up stuffed every morning, taking a shower before bed will help wash it away! Showering in the morning will do the same, but the damage will already have been done by the pollen overnight.