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“Allergy symptoms actually get worse at night,” according to Purvi Parikh, MD, and allergist and immunologist with Allergy & Ashtma Network and Allergy & Asthma Associates of Murray Hill in New York City.

Here are the reasons why:

Lying down worsens congestion

Gravity is not your friend when it comes to your bedtime allergies. “When you lie down, basically everything in your nose starts dripping down your throat,” Dr. Parikh explains. Due to the anatomy of the nose and throat, that can lead to more or worse coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing than when you’re standing upright. Prepping yourself up with some extra pillows might help ease congestion and post nasal drip.

Your bedroom is full of dust mites and mold

Your allergies might feel worse at night because of indoor triggers in the mix. “A lot of people are allergic to things in their bedrooms,” says Dr. Parikh, like dust mites that make their home in your pillows, mattresses, or box spring and mold that grows in the wall of older houses. Bedrooms tend to be the most allergenic part of the home. The allergies you get exposed to outside compounded by additional allergens on the inside may make symptoms worse. Experts recommend revamping your bedroom to rid the space of as many allergens as possible. Ditch carpeting (or vacuum frequently), use dust mite covers for mattresses and box springs, and consider an air purifier. Also, sleep with your windows closed to minimize how much pollen mskes its way into your room.

Your pet sleeps in your bed

Another common allergen making things worse in your bedroom are pet dander that accumulates on your carpet or comforter. Keeping pet animals out of the bedroom is best although many seem not to follow this route. Keep in mind that allergies are easily triggered by our furry friends.

You tracked pollens inside

If it’s not the indoor allergens making your symptoms worse, then it could be the pollen you unknowingly brought inside. Pollen can linger on your skin, hair and clothing. It is always best practice to take a shower and put on clean PJs before going to bed.  

Proper bedside meds

Night time is a good moment to try over the counter allergy meds. Look for an oral antihistamine or a corticosteroid spray to help limit congestion and nasal spray.

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February 13, 2019 — Admin Cottonique

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