Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I always sneeze strongly many times in the morning when I change locations with frequency. What is this and how can I take care of it?
A: Sneezing is a localized reaction of the sinuses to irritants. You may be more sensitive to these irritants. I would suggest you conduct an allergy panel to determine if you have specific sensitivities to various environmental triggers. I also suggest you review your surroundings. Do you have pets and are they allowed in the bedroom? Pets should not be allowed in the bedroom, and your bedroom needs to always be clean and aerated.
1. For thirty minutes before going to bed, open all windows and doors to the bedroom, and aerate the room.
2. You may also want to switch to a hypoallergenic detergent to wash you bedding and clothes.
3. Avoid dairy products, wheat, overly stimulating foods, fried foods, simple carbohydrates, and sugars.
4. Drink beet top tea as source of water.
5. Drink ginger tea.
For general allergies, acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies are very effective. You may find the herbal supplement “Allergy Tamer” helpful in temporarily relieving your allergy symptoms. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.