According to studies from the Ohio State University Medical Center, stress doesn’t cause allergies, but it sure exacerbates the symptoms due to increased cortisol (stress hormone) levels coursing through the body and weakening the immune system’s ability to ward off allergy-triggering proteins.
3. Ceiling Fans
You may hide indoors to avoid the blooms and buds of spring. However, if you use a ceiling fan indoors, you’re just circulating and spreading out any dust and pollen particles that have slipped inside your home. To avoid this, be sure to wipe dust and grime from ceiling fan blades before you turn them on.
4. Fruit Pollen
While many of us suffer through allergies in spring, we still welcome the first sign of seasonal fruit at the grocery store and farmer’s market. However, be aware that when tree, grass, and weed pollen counts are high, your immune system may mistakenly attack any pollen that enters the body.
Allergy and immunology research from Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital suggests that those who suffer from pollen-triggered allergies may also react to fruit pollen. To lessen or prevent fruit pollen allergies, peel or cook fruit before ingesting.
5. Your Pet
I know that Fido and Fluffy are man and woman’s best friend. However, your cat or dog can also be pollen’s best friend come spring. This is prime time for your pet to track pollen, dust, and mold into your house via their coat. To avoid this, be sure to bathe your pet regularly or wipe down their coat with a damp cloth when they return inside.