Kathryn Haynes, D.C.
Outdoor allergies have become increasingly common due to a plethora of factors. Some factors, we do not have direct control of like pesticides and poor air quality. We do however, have direct control over our own hygiene routines and what we put into our bodies.
The below are a few tips to help prevent, control and/or relieve outdoor allergy symptoms:
- Take showers before bed instead of in the morning. Showering before bed will wash pollen and other outdoor allergens off of your body and out of your hair. Washing your hair at night is especially helpful when you sleep.
- Drink water. Soda, juice and milk increase inflammation. Milk, especially, can increase mucus production.
- Eliminate inflammatory foods: Dairy, Grains, and Processed Foods. These foods increase mucus production and inflammation.
- Keep pillows covered until you sleep on it. Keeping your pillow covered will keep allergens that are floating in the air from landing on your pillow.
- Diffuse Essential Oils. Lavender, Chamomile, Tea Tree, Lemon, Lemongrass, Bergamot and Eucalyptus essential oils are especially helpful oils for fighting allergies.
- Be sure your chiropractor adjusts the upper part of your neck.
Allergies can cause sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat, and watery eyes… just to name a few symptoms. The most common cause of these outdoor allergies are animal dander, dust mites, mold, pollen and air pollution.
Taking a shower before bed, drinking water, eliminating dairy, grains and processed foods, covering your pillow during the day, diffusing essential oils into your room and getting allergy adjustments from your chiropractor are great ways to fight and prevent outdoor allergies.
Although there are many factors that cause allergies, the above tips can help prevent and relieve the symptoms of outdoor allergies.
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