Hip hip, it’s allergy season again!

Runny nose? Itchy eyes? Itchy skin? Fatigue? Sneezing? Cough? Asthma? Check, check, check! I always forget allergy season is coming until it hits, then GAH!!

I know I’m not alone, which is why I’m hosting another Facebook Live this coming Tuesday at 8am PT/11am ET to talk about allergies. I’ll be explaining what happens in your body when you get allergy symptoms, what supplements help with allergies, and when it may or may not be the time for a medication. And of course I’ll be answering any other questions you have.

In the meantime, here are my top 5 lesser-known tips for dealing with allergy season:

1. Keep your face out of your dog. You may not be allergic to your dog or cat, but if they spend time out of doors during allergy season, they’ll be covered in pollen. You pet the dog then wipe your eyes? Pollen in your eyes. You snuggle your kitty on the couch? Pollen on your face. You see what I’m getting at here.

2. Rinse your sinuses. I hate the neti pot. I dislike the squeeze bottle irrigators. I use them anyway. Why? Because the inside of your nasal passages are covered with sticky stuff (aka snot) that pollen sticks to when you breathe in. Then it sits there, and your body reacts to it. If you rinse it out after you’ve been outside for a period of time your exposure goes down. Irrigation also washes away excess mucus. I’ll be discussing specific kinds of irrigators in the Facebook live on Tuesday.

3. No day-clothes on the bed. If you are out and about in your clothing and you get pollen on you, when you get in bed, the pollen will get on your bed. Now you’re sleeping with pollen. Not good.

4. Rinse your hair before bed. Same deal as #3 but worse because your hair collects pollen then it deposits on your pillow and directly onto your face/eyes.

5. Find out if you’re allergic to dust mites, mold, or your pets. Often doctors don’t bother testing for specific allergies if they occur during a particular season, because you’re not about to stay away from the outdoors as a rule. That said, if you have allergies to other things that are more in your control (for instance if you have dust mite allergies you can get a HEPA vacuum or dust mite covers for your pillowcases), you may be able to do decrease your overall allergy burden, making your allergies easier to manage.

If you have questions about any of this, or anything else about allergies, hit reply here and I’ll include them in the Facebook Live on my personal FB page this coming Tuesday, March 21st at 8am PT/11am ET. Remember, you can go back and watch these any time. You can find last week’s Live (How to choose a protein powder) here.

And of course if you want personalized recommendations, come on into the office in PDX or make an appointment to see me virtually. You don’t have to be resigned to taking medications or suffering through your symptoms.

Just imagine…a spring with less sneezing and itching. Heaven.

Yours in Health

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