If you’ve suffered through spring allergies, you might think that once the spring is over, your allergies will leave with it. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily true. Summer has its own allergens, and if you’re sensitive to them, you may be just as miserable. Do you know the allergens that may challenge you in summer?
Summer has many different allergens, both indoor and outdoor. There is a wide range of plants that can trigger your allergies, as well as insects that are prevalent during the summer months. You won’t escape allergic symptoms by staying inside, though. Common summer allergens include:
- Weeds: Ragweed, cockle weed, pigweed, Russian thistle, sagebrush, tumbleweed all flourish during summer, and some of the pollen from these weeds can travel hundreds of miles on the wind, making it a problem even in areas where the plants don’t grow.
- Grasses: Bermuda, bluegrasses, orchard, red top, sweet vernal, and Timothy grass can all cause allergic reactions.
- Smog and Pollution: The strong sunlight and calm winds of summer can create clouds of ozone at ground level, and this can be brutal for allergy sufferers.
- Insect Bites: Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, fire ants, and other insects are out in force in the summer months. While insect bites are typically mild, for those with severe allergies they can be life-threatening.
- Mold and Dust mites: Mold and dust mites thrive in the warm, humid weather of summer.
How do you know if you’re sensitive to these things? Many of the symptoms you’ll experience in summer are the same as those that bothered you in the spring. Your eyes and nose will itch and run, you’ll sneeze and cough, and have dark circles under your eyes, and if you’re allergic to mold you may have a headache. An allergy to insect bites can lead to severe allergic reactions. You might feel like your throat and tongue are swelling, and you may experience dizziness and nausea, or even go into shock. These allergic reactions constitute an emergency and require immediate medical assistance.
This year, people with summer allergies may be more alarmed than usual, wondering if they’re suffering from COVID-19. There are some big differences in symptoms, though. COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, so there is some overlap in how it presents compared to allergies: nasal congestion, coughing, and sneezing. However, while coronavirus can cause a fever, this is not a symptom of allergies. In addition, allergies cause itchiness and repetitive sneezing, and those symptoms aren’t present with COVID-19.
The easiest way to determine whether or not you are experiencing summer allergies is to meet with an expert, like the specialists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠. There, a board-certified allergist will evaluate you to determine your allergens, performing allergy skin testing if necessary, to identify which allergens are triggering your symptoms. Once your allergens are determined, the specialists will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that fits your life and targets your allergens.
When you enlist the help of an experienced, board-certified allergist, you can be confident that your doctor will help you find the solutions you need to manage your allergies. All of the physicians at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM are board-certified in allergy and immunology and can help you identify triggers and learn to control your symptoms. There are plenty of treatment options available like environmental control tips, medications, and immunotherapy in the form of allergy shots or sublingual drops so that you can find real relief from allergy symptoms. Call 610-825-5800 or visit the website for an appointment, or to learn more about our available services.