Tips To Avoid Common Summer Allergies

June 4, 2018 5:09 pm Published by

Summer is a great time to be outside, go on vacation, and visit places, and do other outdoor activities. However, people who suffer from summertime allergies may have a more difficult time experiencing summer fun. Summer comes with a variety of allergens. With fully bloomed trees, green grass, flowers, different foods, etc, summertime allergies are more common than people think.

Pollen is an allergen that seems to be present year-round, notorious for causing nasal allergies. Known to be more common in the spring and fall, nasal allergies can be just as bad in the summer. This is due to grass pollen, which causes people to suffer from severe sneezing, congestion, and an itchy nose. Since pollen is an airborne allergen, it’s best to keep an eye on the pollen counts and stay indoors when they are highest. Avoid hanging clothes outside to dry, as the summer pollen can stick to clothes and be brought into the house.

Like pollen, mold spores are an airborne allergen that is present in the summer. In fact, there are thousands of different molds that produce spores. Mold spore counts are the highest when both the temperature and humidity is high, usually during and after summer thunderstorms. People who suffer from mold allergies experience sneezing, an itchy nasal, coughing and even rashes.

The most common summer skin allergy related to outdoor plants is poison ivy. Other common plants are poison oak and sumac. Allowing these plants to have contact with your skin can cause one to suffer from a red, extremely itchy, and sometimes oozing rash. If someone is to get a rash from a poisonous plant it is crucial to seek treatment immediately before it gets worse. The best case scenario is to avoid the poisonous plants as much as possible.

One thing that is more common in summer than any other season are bug bites and stings, both of which can trigger allergic reactions. Although stings and bites may be less common than other allergens, a bad sting could potentially be life threatening. Allergic reactions to bites or stings can vary, but some common symptoms are swelling, hives, drop in blood pressure and wheezing.

If you are suffering from summer allergies be sure to visit Stony Creek Urgent Care. Our medical staff can assess your medical situation and advise on treatment you need to relieve you from your symptoms. You can count on us to provide you with the fast treatment you need.