Sneezing, irritated eyes, runny nose or scratchy throat. These are just a few of the seasonal allergy symptoms children, adults, and even pets are experiencing this spring.
“We see most sick people arriving at this time of year,” said Family Care’s US medical director Dr. Kristina Orio.
Orio separated fact from fiction, debunking the true causes and treatments for seasonal allergies.
Fact or fiction – does the COVID vaccine make allergies worse?
“It’s actually fiction,” Orio said. “There is no evidence that getting the COVID vaccine or any type of vaccine or injectable medication can make your allergies worse.”
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Fact or fiction: alcohol consumption aggravates allergies?
“So, unfortunately, that’s a fact,” Orio said. “The yeast and bacteria that exist in wine and beer can actually make your allergies worse by about 3% in studies.”
Fact or Fiction – Can PMS Intensify Allergies?
“It’s a fact,” Orio said. “So for women who are still menstruating and have any type of PMS, estrogen can actually make your allergies worse. This can also be true for pregnant women and it’s really related to hormone levels. .”
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How can people alleviate seasonal allergies?
“If you’re listening to the morning news and you hear the pollen count will be high, stay indoors,” Orio said. “If it’s going to be particularly windy, stay indoors that day. Keep your windows closed and if it’s hot, turn on your air conditioning. If you have to go out, be sure to change your clothes as soon as possible. as possible. And that you shower and wash the pollen off your skin and hair before you go to bed at night so you’re not constantly exposed.”