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Allergy Trigger #5: The great outdoors

No one with seasonal allergies spends much time outside when allergy season is, well, in full bloom. After all, who wants to come nose-to-nose with the onslaught of allergens floating through the air? While myriad types of pollen are the obvious offenders, other irritants like pollution and diesel fumes can also trip you up. “Pollutants act as a chronic irritant to mucous membranes in the nasal passages, and the body has to work hard to eliminate them,” says Steelsmith.

To deal with these outdoor irritants, reach for your nasal rinse. And while you can’t really stay indoors all the time, you can get a little savvier about when to venture out. Most plants pollinate in the morning, which is why pollen counts are higher during the first part of the day. So save outdoor activities like gardening, running errands, or exercising for later in the afternoon. Another ideal time to get outdoors is right after a storm. Rain, after all, washes the air and can drop high pollen counts to almost zero.

But you can’t expect it to rain every day, not even in Portland or Seattle, so the only sure way to get your seasonal allergies under control is to tend to your immune system. Strengthen it with good nutrition and plenty of sleep, but most of all give it a rest. If it’s not always in a frenzy, there’s a good chance it won’t care about a nose full of pollen or mold spores.

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3:07PM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Thanks for sharing. There are many allergies you have to know what? then decide your action plan.

2:10PM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

I've got a slight intolerance for certain foods but sometimes I just can't help wanting what's bad for me!

1:42PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thank you!

2:03PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

thank you

12:23AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Thanx for the info; as I knew most of them, but really appreciate the reminders!

2:42PM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

good read :)

7:52AM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

Not so sure I'm buying into this. I had horrible allergies to softwood tree pollen as a kid. My eyes would swell shut and I had a rash over most of my body. Teachers would send me home because I looked so bad, and my parents would send me right back. Good nutrition, sleep and rest did not help - not did medication. Luckily I out grew by my late teens.

4:09PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Thanks, it's that time and eyes are itchey.

8:05PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Thank you for this vital in interesting information. Could make a big difference to me. Have been suspicious of wheat and sugar for a while and gradually cutting them out and just today was thinking about yoga and running could make me feel better.

6:38AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

thanks for the info ! :)

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