January 20, 2020 2 min read

Allergies exist in many different forms. Beyond food and drug allergies, people can be allergic to the environmental substances. For example, many of us are allergic to pollen, grass seeds, mold etc. When these allergens are encountered by the Nasal mucosa (the inside of the skin), the body attempts to clear it and causes inflammation and blood flow to the area. This results in blocked noses and irritation that causes sneezing.

Sneezing is essentially just an immune response meant to clear mucus out of the sinuses. Most of the time, it is an involuntary reaction to some kind of an allergy and irritants like dust, pollen or other tiny particles floating in the air.

So why do we have the sneezing in the morning? This is likely because we are exposed to common allergens at night while sleeping and morning symptoms may be a reflection of night-time exposure. Pollen counts are often at their highest in the mornings. For people who are allergic to pollen, this can be a time when symptoms occur most strongly, resulting in repeated sneezing.

Another main cause for early morning sneezing is attributed to a condition called Allergic Rhinitis, also known as Hay Fever. It is the response that our immune system gives when it is exposed to certain Allergens and starts attacking them which leads to symptoms such as sneezing continuously especially after waking up in the morning alongside a runny nose. This sometimes further leads to sinus infection and constant headaches.

Common causes of allergic rhinitis are pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. Many other allergic rhinitis are dust mites, mold, wood dust, chemicals, animal dander (loose skin cells of cat or dogs) etc. If someone often greets the morning with a sneeze, it’s quite likely caused by a dust mite allergy. Dust mites survive by eating the dead skin cells that we shed and are among the most common triggers of asthma and allergies.

While there is no cure to this allergy, one can avoid or reduce the allergens that cause the allergy, in order to significantly prevent the symptoms.

How to get rid of these allergens?

  • Identifying and removing the allergen would be the best.
  • Cleaning your house often to get rid of dust, animal dander and molds. Or you may need to stay indoors when pollen counts are high (which is impractical).
  • Thorough cleaning of your bedding.
  • Bathing your pets.
  • Some people also put petroleum jelly in their nose every night to avoid sneezing in the morning. The mites get trapped in the petroleum jelly.

Although it’s impossible to get rid of every single dust mite in your home, you can greatly reduce the number of allergens that you inhale by wearing a nasal filter.

A nasal filter works as an invisible face mask which filters the air one inhales preventing certain impurities and allergens from entering our organism and ensuring that the pollutants get caught in the filter.

By choosing to wear a nasal filter, you will not only be protected from dust and pollen allergies, but it will also keep the worst polluted air away. Wearing a nasal filter also promotes healthy Nasal Breathing, which is good for our lungs.


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