Tips on How to Identify Allergy Symptoms and Relieve Summer Allergies
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Midsummer days and nights are a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine, play on the beach until the late-night hours, and just enjoy the fresh air. Unfortunately, those who suffer from seasonal allergies can’t enjoy as much fun in the sun. If you’re an allergy sufferer and need some relief, here are some tips on relieving allergies this summer:
WHAT TRIGGERS ALLERGIES IN THE SUMMER?
| Common triggers of allergies can become especially active during the hottest days of the year, making it difficult to breathe and focus on any given day. Weeds, grass, and mold account for the three main triggers of allergies during the summertime, and it can be hard to avoid these three allergens entirely on any given day. While pollen from plants stays in and around the plants themselves, the allergens can become airborne from the wind, insects, or even humans who come into contact with the plants. Mold spores are a common cause of seasonal allergies and tend to thrive in warm and humid climates. Mold spores are usually found in large piles of cut grass, in forests and woodlands, and even stuck in moist surfaces in an around the home. |
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If you’re experiencing the following symptoms on a regular basis in different environments, there’s a good chance you're sensitive to common summer allergies:
- Nasal congestion
- Stuffy nose
- Dry, scaling skin
- Itchy throat
- Difficulty concentrating
RELIEF FROM SUMMER ALLERGIES
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and steering clear of allergy triggers can be challenging during the summer months, but there are ways to reduce the risk of enduring an allergic reaction. Summer allergies can be more intense on the severely hot and humid days of the season, so it’s a good idea to stay indoors and protect yourself with the right clothing and diet when needed. Here are some other ways to manage and treat summer allergies successfully:
- Keep up with the allergy forecast. Read up on the latest allergy forecast and predictions to find out if you’re at risk for a flare-up on any given day. Tune into the weather channel or jump online to find out what’s in store for the day or week.
- Keep your home cool and clean. Make sure you clean out your house or apartment on at least a weekly basis to prevent mold spore buildup and keep the air clean. Invest in a high quality air filter to reduce the chance of allergen contamination in your home.
- Ask your doctor about medication. Over the counter medications that contain antihistamines can help clear up your sinuses and get you back to good health. In some cases, you may need prescription medication to keep your allergies under control.
- Stay indoors when pollen levels run high. Just like the sun, pollen counts peak between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try and stay inside in a cool, clean environment to prevent an allergy attack.
- Take a long shower after spending time outside. You can wash away pollen and dust that may have collected in your hair or on your skin with a long, hot shower. If you have sensitive skin, make sure you use the right soap and bath products to keep your skin well-protected.
Allergies can make it difficult to enjoy a carefree summer, but there are several ways you to keep summer allergies under control. Steer clear of common allergy triggers with a few simple lifestyle changes and look forward to the season ahead!
Article Written By: Sabah Karimi; Sabah writes on health, lifestyle and fitness for DivaVillage.