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How to Manage Seasonal Allergies During the Summer

Enjoy an Allergy-Free Summer Season

Summer is a time for outdoor fun, vacations, and gatherings with family and friends. However, for many people, it’s also a season when allergies flare up, making it difficult to fully enjoy these activities. Understanding how to manage and alleviate common allergy symptoms can help you have a more comfortable and enjoyable summer.

Common Summer Allergens

During the summer months, several allergens can trigger uncomfortable symptoms. This may include the following and more:

  • Pollen: Trees, grasses, and weeds release pollen during the summer, leading to allergic reactions such as sneezing, itchy eyes, and congestion.
  • Mold: Mold spores thrive in warm, damp environments, which are common during the summer. Exposure can cause respiratory issues and exacerbate asthma.
  • Insect Stings: Bees, wasps, and other insects are more active in the summer, and stings can cause severe allergic reactions in certain individuals.

Tips for Minimizing Allergen Exposure

Natural remedies and lifestyle changes can help reduce some allergy symptoms. To minimize exposure to these allergens, consider the following tips:

  • Keep Windows Closed: While it may be tempting to let fresh air in, keeping windows closed can prevent pollen and mold spores from entering your home.
  • Use Air Purifiers: High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can help remove airborne allergens from your home environment.
  • Shower After Outdoor Activities: Showering and changing clothes after spending time outside can help remove pollen from your skin and hair.
  • Monitor Pollen Counts: Check local pollen counts and try to stay indoors when levels are high (typically in the morning and on windy days).

Several medications are also available to help manage allergy symptoms. If the aforementioned methods don’t work, you may want to consider one of the following for relief:

  • Antihistamines: Over-the-counter antihistamines like cetirizine (Zyrtec) and loratadine (Claritin) can relieve sneezing, itching, and runny nose.
  • Decongestants: Medications like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) can help with reducing nasal congestion.
  • Nasal Sprays: Nasal corticosteroids such as fluticasone (Flonase) can decrease inflammation and treat nasal symptoms.
  • Prescription Medications: If over-the-counter options are not sufficient, consult with a healthcare provider for prescription treatments. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, a doctor may recommend stronger antihistamines or leukotriene inhibitors.

When to Seek Professional Help for Allergies

While many allergy symptoms can be managed with medication and/or lifestyle changes, severe allergic reactions require professional medical attention. If you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat, or anaphylaxis, seek emergency care. Advance ER is equipped to handle severe allergic reactions and can provide expert advice on managing symptoms.

By taking proactive steps to manage your allergies, you can minimize discomfort and maximize your enjoyment of summer activities. Stay informed, use effective treatments, and don't hesitate to reach out to healthcare professionals when needed.

For more information, visit an Advance ER location or contact us at (214) 494-8222 today. Our experienced team is here to help you navigate your allergies so you can enjoy the summer season to the fullest.