Do You Also Get Flu In The Morning Or Is It Just Me?

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Happy mornings? sounds very unrealistic for people who have allergies. We wake up, the first thing we do even before opening our eyes is sneezing. The very same moment we accidentally hit our hand to our nose a never-ending loop of sneezing starts. It clearly indicates the mess it’ll be for the whole upcoming day. For people like us, the very first stretch of the morning is grabbing a whole box of tissues because the flu doesn’t go away soon. After all these years, all I ever wondered was that why do so many of us wake up with a stuffy nose, even when we’re not sick?. Until a few days ago, when I decided to look up for all the possible issues that I might have been suffering from.

What I found out about this condition was that there are several explanations for this and the most common one is known as rhinitis. Moreover, there are a few more triggers that might surprise you.

Why Do I Get That Flu Every Morning?

Morning allergies or in other words, Rhinitis is triggered by so many things that we don’t even realise we are doing in our everyday lives. The triggers consist of dust, mites, pet hair etc. Even while sleeping, every time you roll over, adjust your covers, push your pet away from the bed, or tap fluff your pillow, it adds up fresh particles of allergens into our airways. Then, we keep wondering why our nasal passages become inflamed during even the night!

Wondering what created the allergens in the air? Here’s what is considered as ordinary allergens, and tips to minimise their effects.

– Dust mites

Every possible home, no matter how clean and fresh it is, has thousands of dust mites. If someone suffers from dust mite allergy, it is not only the dust that is bothering you, it is the mites too. Consequently, it causes sneezing, itchy eyes, and morning nose congestion.
Dust allergy is quite different from seasonal allergy as the people who are allergic to dust mites have to deal with it all year round unlike the ones with seasonal allergies.

– Pet dander

If your pet, be it dogs, cats or birds share your bed, the hair they leave behind can be a major reason that makes you congested, stuffy or irritated in the morning.
The possible way out of this situation is that we stop cuddling without pets, it that even possible?. It is true that we can not live without our pets so, the only situation which is left is to follow these steps:

  • Shower your pet with the anti-allergen shampoo.
  • Do not put the litter box inside your room
  • Make sure you get rid of carpeting as it is the main culprit that stores all the dust and allergens
  • See an allergy specialist as soon as you can for better prevention and treatment guidance

It Might Be Allergic Rhinitis

This condition is often called Allergic rhinitis or hay fever. These occur when your immune system overreacts to particles in the air that you breathe. It shows that you are allergic to them. Consequently, it causes symptoms such as sneezing and a runny nose.

These allergies do not develop immediately and because people with these allergies usually have symptoms for many years. Which are sometimes unidentified too. Over time, allergens may begin to affect you less, and your symptoms may not be as severe as they had been.

How Can I Identify The Symptoms?

  • Repeated sneezing, especially right after you wake up in the morning
  • Runny nose and postnasal drip.
  • Eyes become very watery and itchy
  • Ears and Nose are irritated and itchy too

The Effective Home Remedies For Allergic rhinitis

1. Ginger

Ginger tea is considered as the best way to relieve nasal congestion and headaches. Sip up some ginger tea and inhale the steam coming out of your cup. Pair it up with turmeric for multiplied effects.

2. Steam And Nebulising

Nebulise with menthol as it dilutes and melts the mucus stuck up in our nasal passages.

3. Overload Yourself With Vitamin C

Vitamin C has the immune-boosting properties and also it plays the roles in managing allergy symptoms, preventing infections, and reducing the duration of illness.

While multiple studies support the use of these therapies for reducing various symptoms of allergic rhinitis, more rigorous research is needed to conclusively establish their efficacy, safety, and mechanism of action.

When Should I Go To The Doctor?

Getting sick of that morning flu and sneezing all the time? It is time that you finally talk to the doctor about your symptoms and treatments as it should be attended on time.

To talk to a doctor through online audio/video consultation or an in-clinic consultation, call us at 03111222398. Moreover, you can also install our mobile app for timely updates and information.

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Javeria Adil Chughtai

Javeria Adil Chughtai

A journalist and a medical researcher by profession, badminton player and photographer by passion. You can call me an artist but No, I can't draw you! 😀

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