Coping with Allergies this Summer
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Coping with Allergies this Summer

For many people, when spring goes into full bloom, they are in real misery thanks to allergies. However, there are just as many individuals suffering throughout the summer months. Believe it or not, spring isn’t the only time for seasonal allergies.  

Allergies can spoil summer fun, but they can be prevented if the person concerned knows what they’re dealing with. In fact, many people who come down with a summertime cold may actually be suffering from an allergy, not an illness. As in spring, there are plenty of allergens that can bring about those itchy eyes and runny noses.

Pollen

In the summer, many plants have pollination periods and begin to bloom and as in the spring, pollen is one of the biggest allergy triggers. When pollen gets into the nose of someone with an allergy, they will undoubtedly get itchy eyes, a runny nose and other allergy symptoms. It is important to know that trees pollinate earlier in the summer, while weeds and grasses are usually the culprits later in the season.

Allergy sufferers should watch out for the pollination periods of ragweed, cockleweed, Russian thistle, tumbleweed, Bermuda grass, blue grass and sweet vernal grass. Remember, southern states tend to have longer pollination periods. During this period, it is a good idea to stay inside, wear sunglasses and hats and wash hair every night to remove any pollen that’s been captured.

Mold

Though it may not be obvious, mold is another major cause of allergies during the summer months. Not all mold spores trigger allergies, but plenty varieties will; and it can aggravate asthma. One of the most common types of troublesome mold is Alternaria, which has peak periods throughout the year. In the summer, because humidity is high, mold spores in the air may be increased.

Indoor mold, which is found in bathrooms and basements, can also trigger allergies. During the peak mold season, it is important to avoid being outside and to wear a mask when working around plants or cutting the grass. To prevent mold indoors, ensure there is no dampness by having a properly functioning air-conditioner and adequate ventilation.

Stings

Stings are much less common than allergies triggered by pollen and mold, but they are dangerous nonetheless. In fact, though many people don’t consider them, insect stings are one of the most serious allergy triggers. Bees, hornets, wasps, fire ants and yellow jackets are most active during the late summer. The best way to prevent being stung is to avoid these insects, but if that is not possible there are simple safety measures that can be taken; always wear shoes, never drink from an open container where insects may have crept inside and always keep food covered. Insect repellant also works wonders.

Insect bites and stings are often painful, but they can also lead to a severe reaction known as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis, though rare, is a severe allergic reaction that can lead to death when not treated. Anyone with a severe allergy to anything, not just insect stings, is at risk. Common symptoms include tongue swelling, hives, vomiting and shock. If a person is aware that he or she has a severe allergy that could lead to anaphylactic shock, an epinephrine kit should always be on hand.

Treating allergies

There is no known cure for allergies, but with medication you can treat them to suppress your symptoms. There is a wide variety of different medications available to take, most of which can be found at any Canadian pharmacy. These treatments include antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids and combination drugs that all ease and treat the symptoms associated with many allergies. Allergy medications are available over the counter, by prescription and for those with severe allergies, shots, which gradually increase the patient’s tolerance levels. For those who are unable to get to the drug store it is now possible to order your prescriptions online. This is a major convenience for anyone without transportation or who maybe disabled.

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  1. Greetings Birdie, Allergies don’t discriminate, pets can suffer also. During peak times I have noticed my dog rubbing his nose on the carpet..it itches! His eyes sometimes get runny. While I have been told, by his vet, I can give him an over the counter human allergy medication I am hesitant; he doesn’t appear to be in any real distress. Folks who have pets should keep in mind how their loved ones are dealing with the seasons. Cheers, A Devoted Dog Person

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