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Posted on 03-14-2019

Allergy season is now in full bloom (pun intended).  With a combination of high pollen counts and an over active cold/flu season a lot of people have been sick.  I have been lucky this year and have not gotten sick and I attribute a couple of things in my daily routine that seem to be working.

Firstly, listen to your body and rest.  Lack of sleep can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to viruses.

Secondly, breathing exclusively through the nose.  The nose has at least 30 different functions.  Some of those functions is to filter the air, humidify the air, and to remove a significant amount of particulate matter and bacteria.  In addition, nose breathing improves the quality of restful sleep.

Clear your lungs and sinuses.  With a lot of pollen in the air, it can trigger a histaminic reaction.  This causes the body to produce mucus which carries pollen, dander, man-made fibers and other particular matter up so it can be expelled.  I like to think about allergies as a way to clear out all of the junk that accumulates in the airways.  This is why I do not take anti-histamines.

Lastly, wash your hands regularly.

Thanks for reading this health tip.

In Health,

Dr. Nick Baiata

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