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Written by : LifeStyle Team

Whenever your eyes start watering and you have your nose running, your immediately start blaming the allergens like dust and pollen. What you don't know is that there are other unsuspecting causes that make your allergies unbearable. There is no cure for allergies and managing them with a few prevention measures can only reduce reactions.

Read the allergy aggravators given below, minimise all allergic reactions and perform your daily activities with a few tissues from now on.

  1. Stress

    It doesn't cause allergies but it can make them worse. The findings of a study on Perceived stress predicts allergy flares suggest that individuals with persistent emotional stress have more frequent allergy flares and those with more flares have a greater negative mood, which could later make your symptoms even worse. When a person is under stress, our body releases the cortisol that set off body's inflammatory response to an allergen.

    The lead study author and allergist, Amber M. Patterson, MD says that while alleviating stress won't cure allergies, it may at least decrease the intense allergy symptoms.

  2. Smoking

    One more reason to snuff out smoking. The chemicals in tobacco products act on the immune system and make you even more sensitive to allergens. Even if you are a non-smoker and if you do hang out with smokers, the harmful particles in tobacco smoke on the smokers' outfit or second-hand smoke will exacerbate allergic complications such as sinusitis and bronchitis.

  3. Scented products

    Though we use fragrances and perfumes to add freshness to the air in your rooms or clothes, they can set off eye, nose and skin irritation. According to research about the exposure to fragrance products, fragrance sensitivity is not only a common issue, but can be quite severe. One-third of the participants in the research experienced one or more health issues from scented products. If you exhibit sensitivity or allergic reactions to anything that puts off a strong smell, stay away from breathing them in or touching them.

  4. Alcoholallergy

    An extra glass of wine with dinner can raise the risk of allergy. Drinking alcohol causes vasodilation, a process of widening blood vessels, and can cause stuffed nose. If you have an allergy, drinking alcohol will aggravate your allergic symptoms. Especially, drinking red wine and beer that are typically highest in sulphites may trigger allergies, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Fermented drinks like wine and beer contain histamine, the same chemical your body releases when you react to allergens. Exclude the foods which contain histamine from your diet. According to Richard F. Lockey, the director of the division of allergy and immunology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, avoid alcohol when your allergy symptoms are acting up.

  5. Skipping or taking the wrong medication or not following doctors' orders

    Take medicines for allergies exactly as your physician directs. Delaying medication, switching drugs or switching doses on your own may not produce the results you need. If you want to switch drugs, visit your physician to discuss your options.

    Allergy symptoms like a runny nose and weepy eyes peak in the mornings. Take medicines before bed so that the medicine will be circulating in your bloodstream early the next day.

  6. Houseplants

    Indoor plants release pollen into the air and set off sniffling. Houseplants like an orchid, ficus, yucca, ivy, palm, orchid, and fern varieties are found the most irritating to allergy-prone people. Keep them at well-ventilated areas. Clean the dust and mold often.

  7. Certain fruits and veggies

    No one thinks that eating a fruit or a vegetable can be life-threatening. For some people in a condition known as Oral allergy syndrome, taking a bite of an apple, orange, carrot, celery, kiwi, peaches, tomatoes, zucchini or melon can trigger cross-reactivity (an itchy mouth and scratchy throat) since the protein in these foods is similar to the protein found in pollen. Diagnosing oral allergy syndrome comprise several steps that involve clinical and laboratory methods.

  8. Allowing pets to bedroom

    Pets' fur, saliva, dander and paws carry allergens. Allowing them to your bed may expose you to allergies. Avoid contact with pets or the areas where they live. Keep pets out of your home. Choose pets that do not have fur or feathers such as fish, turtles, etc. If you still want to keep your pet, wash it every week or hire someone without a pet allergy to brush the pet often.

  9. Chlorine


    It is a chemical gas often used as a disinfectant and highly irritates skin, eyes and respiratory tract. So, persons are already prone to disease and swim regularly in indoor chlorinated pools may face an increased risk of asthma. We don't mean not to swim. If you wish to swim without sneezing, wear a mask or goggles while swimming to safeguard your eyes and take a doctor's advice to manage your symptoms.

  10. Duster and bedding

    Using a dry rag or feather duster may spread the indoor allergens like dust mites and dust particles while dusting. Instead, use a damp cloth. Wash your bedding, clothes, sheets and towels in hot water and allow natural sunlight to dry them out.

  11. Clothing

    Do you feel itchy after wearing certain outfits? Then the dye or chemical in the fabric or metal in zipper and buckle could be the culprit that aggravates skin sensitivity known as contact dermatitis. The solution to this problem is avoiding the allergens that aggravate sensitivity.

  12. Pollution and weather changes

    Pollutants like nitrogen dioxide, ozone, dust in the air and weather changes, atmospheric pressure changes, rain set off flares in people with allergies. On sunny days, plants release more pollen than a cloudy day. On these days, stay at your home or install an air filter at your home to avoid exposure to allergies.

  13. Contact lenses

    Allergens can stick to contact lenses and may cause flare-ups in the eyes. Clean lenses, use artificial teardrops or switch to glasses for a while. Neglecting proper lens care increase the risk of eye infection which may lead to blindness.

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