Spring and fall allergies may get the most attention, but there are plenty of things that can aggravate your allergies in the summer as well. Pollen from ragweed and grass are two things that can get them going, and dust mites are at their peak in summer as well. Smog levels may also be higher and that can cause problems too.
The basic treatments for allergies are the same regardless of the time of year. Some people take shots and have success. Antihistamines and decongestants, as well as nasal sprays and eye drops can be effective if symptoms are not severe. Heavy duty nasal sprays may be prescribed by a doctor if the standard remedies do not work. Leukotriene receptor antagonists is another option a doctor might order.
Summer is also a time when you are more likely to get an insect bite or bee sting. If you have a severe reaction get emergency treatment, but for milder reactions, topical creams like hydrocortisone can relieve itching. Antihistamines can also help in that case, and applying ice to a sting area can reduce swelling and help you get the stinger out.
The best way to avoid allergies is to stay away from things that trigger allergic symptoms. If pollen counts or smog levels are high, stay inside. Keep doors and windows closed and use an air purifier to keep your home allergen free. Wash bedding, and vacuum often to keep dust mites down.
Dust off shelves or other surfaces where dust accumulates. When you dust or vacuum wear a mask because the cleaning process stirs up allergens. Keep humidity levels low in your home to keep down dust mites and mold that can be triggers. If you are outside on a heavy pollen day, change clothes and shower when you get home.
Give us a call today to get more information about how to treat your allergic symptoms during the summer.