Five unexpected things that make seasonal allergies worse

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know just what a struggle it can be to overcome. Here are seven of the most unexpected factors that may be partially to blame for that runny nose or those itchy eyes:

Alcohol - The sulfites in red wine are particularly notorious for causing allergy problems, and other types of alcohol can also take their toll. Sulfites are naturally occurring compounds that appear in our favorite wines and beer.

Chlorine - When swimming or even sitting near a chlorinated pool, you are sure to inhale the fumes. Any allergist will tell you that indoor pools are especially problematic since the fumes are so concentrated.

Contact Lenses - Pollen is one of the greatest culprits when it comes to seasonal allergies. These small particles can become trapped in the eye, especially when using soft contact lenses. These are more likely to absorb irritants like smoke and pollen. It may be worth your while to consider using glasses when you’re experiencing major symptoms.

Perfume and Artificial Scents - Heavy scents are woven into the fabric of most households, including everything from the perfume you spritz, to the deodorant you use, to the candles you burn. You may be pleasantly surprised at how much better you begin to feel after cutting out unnecessary scents from your life. Look for unscented options or those with more mild scents.

Stress - Stress makes you more prone to sickness and other issues related to your physical well-being. This is just another reason to keep your stress levels in check–not only for better mental stability and increased happiness, but to keep those seasonal allergies under control!

Author
Dr. Summit Shah

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