At this time of year, you’re probably looking forward to summer but dreading the accompanying allergies. Allergy sufferers often have already started feeling symptoms in spring when pollen levels begin to rise and continue throughout the next season.
Spring weather produces grasses and weeds which spur summer allergies. Don’t let allergic reactions or allergy symptoms ruin several months of the year, keep you indoors or affect your vacation time.
Common allergy triggers
In summertime, ragweed causes the majority of allergy suffering. Air pollution is also a factor — mostly ozone created by burning fuel. Insect stings can spark strong, often dangerous, allergic reactions. There’s generally no escape indoors, where pollution takes the form of airborne mold spores and dust mite residue.
To prevent and fight off the runny nose, sneezing, itching, watering eyes and discomfort of summer allergies, consider the following tips:
- Seek over-the-counter relief: Effective symptom fighters include antihistamines, decongestants and nasal sprays.
- Visit or call your doctor for prescription medicines: Allergy treatment may include corticosteroid and other types of nasal spray or allergy shots.
- Get diagnosed: An allergy specialist may do a skin test to narrow down the cause of your specific symptoms.
- Stay indoors if pollen counts are high.
- Keep windows and doors closed to seal allergens out.
- Use an air purifier to filter allergens from indoor air.
- Clean or replace air filters in your home air conditioning system monthly.
- Dust shelves and other surfaces, including air vents and grilles.
- Wash sheets, bedspreads and area rugs regularly, using hot water to disinfect and wash away dust mites and other allergens.
- Wash off pollen by showering, washing hair and changing clothes when you come in from outside.
- Vacuum cushions and drapes where pollen may build up. Wear a mask and use a Hepa filter-equipped vacuum.
- Wear a mask when mowing the lawn.
- Control humidity in your home, setting a level of 30 to 50 percent to keep dust mites from multiplying.
- Recognize an emergency: If you have a swollen tongue or throat, feel dizzy or nauseous, you could go into shock. Get immediate medical assistance.
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