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Summer Allergy

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While summer usually brings cheerful weather and beautiful blooming plants, millions of people will be dealing with a recurring problem. Allergies can spoil summer fun and vacations, but they can be prevented; here are some essential information about summer allergies and tips to reduce its misery.

Seasonal allergy symptoms are mainly itchy eyes and nose, repetitive sneezing and coughing, a permanently runny nose, and dark circles under your nose. A number of different allergens are responsible for allergic reactions; the most common include:

Pollen
It is the main cause of summer allergies. It is a very fine powder produced by trees, flowers, grasses, and weeds in order to fertilize other plants of the same species. This operation starts in spring and keeps going all summer long. Numerous people have an adverse immune response when they breathe in pollen.

Smog
Summer air pollution can make your symptoms worse. One of the most common is ozone, which is created in the atmosphere from a mix of sunlight and chemicals from car exhaust.
Insect Stings

Insects such as bees, wasps, mosquitoes, and fire ants are more active during summer months, and can cause allergic reactions in some people. Their bites usually cause mild symptoms, as itching and swelling around the area; sometimes they lead to a severe allergic reaction, though. Your throat feels like it is swelling shut, and your tongue might swell too; you could feel dizzy, nauseated, or go into shock. This is an emergency, and you will need to get medical help right away.

Tiny Little Things
Molds love humid areas, including basements and bathrooms; their spores get into the air and set off an allergic reaction. Moreover, microscopic insects, called dust mites, peak during summer; they thrive in warm, humid temperatures and nest in beds, fabric, and carpets. Their residue can get into the air and set off sneezes, wheezes, and runny noses.

Prevention
Prevention is indeed better than cure when dealing with allergies; there are many precautions to avoid allergies and alleviate their symptoms, such as:

  • Staying inside when pollen count and smog levels are high. If you have to go outside, then it is better to use a face mask; face masks can significantly reduce the amount of allergen you inhale while you are outdoors.
  • Keeping doors and windows closed; running the air conditioner to keep allergens out, and using an air purifier.
  • Cleaning air filters often, as well as bookshelves and other places where pollen collects.
  • Washing hair, showering, and changing clothes after being outside.
  • Vacuuming often and wearing a mask; the process can kick up pollen, mold, and dust trapped in carpets.

Treatment
Seasonal allergies are fortunately temporary; symptoms may sometimes be mild, sometimes uncomfortable, but it may affect your ability to enjoy the summer activities. If so, then consult the family physician for diagnosis and treatment.

References
webmd.com
humana.com
healthline.com
sciencedaily.com
boystownhospital.org

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