For many, it’s the best time of year. Everything is in full bloom and color. You’re able to step outside without bracing yourself for the cold and need fewer layers to get out of the door. You can enjoy the sunshine and get active. However, summer isn’t all sunshine and smiles for those who suffer from allergies. Every summer, certain allergens rear their attack. These are the top allergies impacting individuals in the summertime and where you are most likely to find them.
What are Seasonal Allergies?
Seasonal allergies are just that. Allergies that happen at different times of the year. It’s mostly attributed to environmental factors of the outdoors. There are certain plants that grow and pollinate as well as different habits people take on in different seasons that may expose them to different allergies. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. You or someone you know is likely to be impacted by allergies every year, so knowing what the top ones are this summer can help you avoid their impact.
Top Summer Offenders
It’s a very common allergen to many. It begins in early August and lasts into the fall. It is a plant that flowers and is often seen in wildflower fields. They release pollen that is easily carried throughout the air. In whatever way the pollen enters your body, whether it be from the nose or mouth, your body treats it as a dangerous chemical which leads to the allergic symptoms known well by allergy sufferers.
Mold can impact anyone in all seasons, but it can be particularly prominent in the summer. This is because the warm temperatures cause mold spores to be released into the air through soil, wood and rotting vegetation.
Humans aren’t the only ones enjoying the warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, those soft, fluffy coats we love to pet can attract pollens that are then brought into your home. Be sure to bathe your dog and wash your hands after petting them during this season.
When some people think of summer, they think of the smell of freshly cut grass. While reminiscent of easy childhood summer days, it can also trigger allergies. Keep your lawn short and wear a mask if you must mow or see if you can hire the work to be done in your budget.
Even though summer is coming to an end, your allergies might hang around for a while! If you’re looking for advice on how to control your allergies, call us today!