Summer allergies affect many people and can be even worse than springtime allergies. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer with all the symptoms because there are treatments available for you.
Summer Allergy Symptoms
Allergy symptoms to things in the environment as pretty much the same no matter what time of year it is. A person will experience a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, eyes and nose itching and dark circles under the eyes. When a person experiences all of the above symptoms, it can be very uncomfortable for them.
What Causes Summer Allergies
By late spring, trees have finished producing pollen that triggers springtime allergies. In summer, the grasses and weeds begin to grow and produce allergy symptoms. The types of grasses and weeds in your area vary by geographical location. Some of the worst weed offenders are ragweed, cockleweed, pigweed, Russian thistle, sagebrush and tumbleweed. The main offenders of grasses that people are allergic to are Bermuda, blue grass, orchard, red top, timothy and sweet vernal.
Smog is always worse in the summer when ozone is created in the atmosphere from a mixture of strong sunlight and car exhaust fumes paired with no wind or calm winds.
Allergic reactions can occur from insect bites or stings and can produce severe allergic reactions from some people. These pests are more prevalent in the warm summer months.
Mold spores are often triggers for allergic reactions. They grow in humid and warm temperatures on beds, fabrics and carpets and when you breathe the residue it causes, sneezing, and wheezing, coughing and runny noses.
For milder summer allergy concerns, your doctor may advise you to try some over the counter medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, corticosteroid nasal sprays, eye drops and nasal irrigation. Some allergy sufferers can find relief in this manner.
If over the counter medications do not work for you, your doctor will likely prescribe a cortiocosteroid nasal spray, Leukotriene receptor antagonists, a bromide nasal spray or immunotherapy, where you receive allergy shots, tablets or drops to build your immunity to the allergens in your environment.
Contact us at (214) 383-5955 for a diagnosis of summertime allergies and to find a specialized treatment program that works for you as an individual.