Most important: Know your allergies, especially the worst ones. If you haven’t yet, consider booking an appointment with an allergist, as they’ll be able to help you pinpoint the sources of your allergies and come up with a plan for addressing them. A food elimination diet can also help you narrow down what’s making you sick.
To look out for possible allergies when feeding a baby, use the 4-day wait rule (introduce only one new ingredient for four days), and keep a journal so you can pinpoint allergy triggers, whether it’s food or something in the environment.
And, again, get tested by an allergist if your symptoms are really bothering you. Medication might not be necessary (maybe they’ll just recommend a neti pot for seasonal allergies), but a doctor can help you live much, much better.
This story was originally published in February 2016 and was updated on May 3, 2021 as a slideshow with new photos and information.