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Understanding Summer Allergies

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When the seasons of winter colds and spring allergies pass and you’re still sniffling and sneezing, summer allergies might be the culprit. If you can relate, keep reading for everything you need to know to find allergy relief.

Summer Allergy Symptoms

Summer allergies can have many of the same symptoms as other seasonal allergies, including:

  • Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Scratchy throat
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes

While these are common allergy symptoms, not everyone will experience each of them simultaneously or at all; even struggling with one or two symptoms is cause enough to seek help so you can get the relief you need to function at your best.

What Causes Summer Allergies?

The first step to navigating summer allergies is knowing the cause behind your symptoms. Common summer allergen triggers include:

In addition, stinging and biting insects are more prevalent during the summer months, which can cause allergic reactions that range from mild to severe.

Stinging insects can inject venom, a poisonous substance. The venom in insect stings can cause a severe allergic reaction. The most common stinging insects that cause allergic reactions include:

  • Bees
  • Fire ants
  • Hornets
  • Wasps
  • Yellowjackets

How to Treat Summer Allergies

The first course of treatment for summer allergies is most often over-the-counter medications, including antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops and nasal sprays. You can also try home remedies, such as irrigating your sinuses with a neti pot. If these don’t provide enough relief, your primary care provider may prescribe a stronger course of treatment, such as corticosteroid nasal sprays or immunotherapy (allergy shots).

If your allergies are causing head and face congestion, you can also try a pain reliever, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Those that suffer from severe allergies or anaphylaxis should carry an EpiPen in case of emergency.

Your primary care provider can give you a referral if you need more specialized allergy care. An allergist can perform tests to find out what allergens trigger your symptoms and get you on track with a care plan customized for you.

3 Ways to Minimize Your Allergy Risks

You don’t have to put your life on hold because of summer allergies. Here are a few ways to help prevent or reduce your allergic reactions.

Limit Time Outdoors

A simple step you can take to minimize your contact with summer allergens is to stay inside when the pollen count and smog levels are high. Keep your windows closed, keep your air conditioner running and consider using an air purifier.

Reduce Indoor Allergen Buildup

If you frequently vacuum your home, you’ll reduce the likelihood of dust, pollen, dander and mold building up in your carpets. You can also clean your air filters often and wash your bedding, towels and rugs in hot water once you notice your allergy symptoms beginning to flare.

Shower Each Evening

You may unknowingly bring allergens into your home each day after you’ve been outside. Pollen and dust can stick to your hair and clothing. Taking a shower before bed is an easy and relaxing way to prevent spreading those allergens to your bedsheets and breathing them in all night as you sleep.

We’re Here to Help You Find Relief

Living with seasonal allergies can be uncomfortable and frustrating, but relief is possible. Our team is ready to help you feel your best all year round.

Schedule your appointment with a primary care provider today to help you breathe easier. You deserve to feel whole.

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