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Combat allergies and defy the myths

Fight Allergies
Fight Allergies
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Every year it seems that the current allergy season will be worse than the one before. This spring it’s no different and it’s also being said that it will arrive earlier than usual. Since we have no control of when and how trees pollinate one of our best options is to try and lessen our contact with allergens.

Robin Wilson ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America breaks down the do’s and don’t’s of allergy season while dispelling some common myths.

Can taking Vitamin C be beneficial?

Although high levels of vitamin C can lower levels of histamine in the body, fruit might not be the best way to up your intake. Many fruits such as apples and bananas to peaches and plums can cause symptoms similar to grass or tree pollen reactions. To deactivate the proteins that cause sensitivity wash and peel the fruit and microwave for ten seconds. Then enjoy.

Are hypoallergenic dogs a good alternative to a regular shedding one?

Although Shih-Tzu’s, Poodles, Labradoodles and Yorkshire terriers don’t shed hair, and are considered hypoallergenic there’s no scientific proof that they produce lower amounts of Can f 1, which is the most common dog allergen. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water after playing with an animal and avoid touching your eyes and nose. Same goes for cats.

Can showering frequently help?

Yes and no. Bathing often can help to remove pollen and pet dander from your body, but beware of your shower curtain. Invest in a nylon or cloth version because vinyl ones off gas phthalate chemicals and may attract mold and mildew. Also, change or wash your curtain frequently.

Will a pillowcase stave off dust mites?

That depends on the age of the case. If it’s more than three years old and has never been washed, it weighs more now than when you bought it then it’s probably loaded with dust mites. Choose hypoallergenic pillows instead of down and use a zippered pillow protector that can be washed weekly for a double protection. As well wash your pillow twice a year in warm water.

Are air fresheners safe?

Many are filled with chemicals like formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, limonene, esters and alcohols. If you need to add scent to the air burn candles but make sure they are made from beeswax or other natural waxes like soy rather than petroleum-based paraffin wax.