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You probably have heard of seasonal and outdoor allergies, but maybe not of summer allergies before. Many of you may think it does not exist. However surprisingly enough, there is such a thing as summer allergies. Allergies in the summer can be just as severe and bothersome as it is in the spring and fall. If you are prone to allergies in general, then your allergies can occur even in the summer time. You can experience symptoms of runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and itchy eyes and nose. Let’s take a closer look at some of the things that can cause summer allergies.
The major cause of summer allergies is attributed to pollen. Even though pollen count is highest in the springtime, different kinds of pollen peak at different times making pollen an issue for summer as well. Trees usually complete pollination in late spring into the early part of summer. The pollen from leaves, weeds, and grasses is most likely a concern throughout the rest of summer. Ragweed, sagebrush and tumbleweed are examples of weeds that trigger summer allergies. Grasses like bermuda, blue grass, and orchard are types of grasses that can also make you sneeze and cough.
Mold and dust mites both thrive in damp and humid areas. Molds will grow in the basement and bathrooms, with their spores triggering allergic reactions. Dust mites are present in fabrics and carpets and if not cleaned regularly will also lead to allergies.
Different types of insects are more active in the summertime and can cause allergic reactions if you get stung. Examples of these insects are bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and fire ants. If you are severely allergic to insect stings, then it is important to always carry an Epipen with you if you are planning to spend a significant amount of time outside. Severe allergic reactions can manifest as tongue, mouth, or throat swelling. If this occurs, you will need to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Types of seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as peaches, melons and berries, during the summertime can also cause allergies. However, the allergic reaction can occur as a cross-reaction to similar proteins in the fruits and vegetables to the grass and weed pollen. If you notice that you are experiencing an allergic reaction to a certain kind of fruit or vegetable, it may be best to consult an Allergist to confirm your allergy and come up with a treatment option.
If you are unsure of your allergies, it is important that you talk to an allergy specialist. The doctors at Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group are highly trained Allergists and will be happy to address questions you may have about your summer allergies. Reach out to us at 805-658-9500 to make an appointment today!