Steps to allergy-proof your day

Experts say simple changes may reduce symptoms


While winter weather continues to overstay its welcome, spring has sprung for allergy sufferers.

If you're already sniffling and sneezing, experts say you may want to shake-up your daily routine to help "allergy-proof" your day.

Spring allergies are generally triggered by tree pollen, and levels of pollen tend to be highest from early morning to about 10 a.m.

If you suffer from spring allergies, skip the early morning walk or run, or move your workout indoors, especially on high pollen days. You can also track your local pollen counts to help pinpoint when it's best to stay inside.

When you do head outdoors for the day, wear sunglasses. They help block airborne allergens from getting into your eyes.

In the car, keep your windows closed and put the vent on recirculated air to avoid drawing in pollen from outside.

At lunchtime, pay attention to the produce you eat. Certain fruits and vegetables can make seasonal allergy symptoms worse by causing a cross-reaction. Cherries, peaches, kiwi, apples, melon, carrots and celery are some of the most common triggers, but it varies from person to person.

On the other hand, research suggests eating yogurt regularly may help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.

At dinner, experts say consider skipping your evening cocktail. Alcohol causes blood vessels to dilate and can make allergy sniffles worse.

Finally, if you typically shower in the morning, switch to showering at night instead. It will help wash off the pollen that collected on your hair and skin during the day, so it won't end up on your pillow all night.

Some doctors also recommend taking an antihistamine before bed, to increase your odds of waking up symptom-free the next day.