Spring has ended, but that doesn’t mean allergy season has. For some, spring allergy symptoms like sneezing and coughing continue into summer. Whether you’re allergic to grass in your yard or mold that’s more prevalent in your home during warm months, find out what you can do to stay comfortable this time of year.
Outdoor Summer Allergies and How to Avoid Them
All the lush lawns and fields may look pretty, but they can wreak havoc on your immune system if you suffer from summer allergies. If you’re stuffy and sniffly in the beginning of summer, you can probably blame grass species including Bermuda, Orchard and Timothy. Later in the season, weeds like Cockleweed, Sagebrush and Pigweed put off pollen that make you miserable.
To avoid the itchy eyes and sinus problems grass and weeds can cause, try to:
•Stay inside during peak pollen hours, which is usually in the morning up until noon and on dry, windy days
•If you have to mow grass during peak pollen hours, wear a face mask
•Take showers and change clothes when you come inside to avoid circulating pollen through your home
•Keep windows closed until later in the afternoon to prevent pollen from blowing in
•Change your air filter every month
Indoor Summer Allergies and How to Prevent Them
During summer, many of us retreat from the heat in cool basement family rooms. But since mold thrives in damp areas like basements and bathrooms, spores get into the air and can aggravate allergies.
Dust mites also thrive in humid summer temperatures, making themselves comfortable in beds and carpets.
Both of these indoor nuisances can make allergy sufferers miserable. Here’s what you can do to keep symptoms at bay:
•Purchase a dehumidifier for the basement so mold isn’t encouraged to grow
•Keep the humidity in your home between 30% and 50%
•Wash bedding and rugs in hot water to get rid of dust mites and other allergens
•Wear a mask when vacuuming, and use a HEPA filter in your vacuum to prevent pollen, mold and dust from being blown back into the air
How Can Sound Health Help With My Summer Allergies?
Sometimes despite taking precautionary measures to avoid summer allergies, symptoms still persist. You can try over the counter medication such as nasal spray decongestants, eye drops, antihistamines and decongestants to make going outside more bearable.
If that doesn’t help, an allergist at Sound Health can examine you to find the reason for your symptoms. If needed, they will offer a treatment plan that may include a prescription such as steroid nasal spray or allergy medications, or discuss how immunotherapy can help. Immunotherapy is often successful at relieving allergies by gradually introducing the allergen into the immune system via allergy shots.
Contact Sound Health for a More Enjoyable Summer
Don’t keep dealing with summer allergies. Call our office at (314) 332-1377 to make an appointment today.