Preventing Seasonal Allergies

by Rachelle on June 16, 2015

Sure, the “Season of the Sneezin’” may have been back in the spring for most people, but if you think that the allergy season has come and gone, then you are wrong! Allergens can be attacking our system well into summer. However, there is good news! Preventing allergy attacks can be as simple as figuring out what the triggers are, and taking necessary precautions when dealing with them.

 

AllergiesGrass Pollen
Grass pollen is typically the main cause of late spring and early summer allergies. Grass pollen is highest at these times, although grass may cause allergies through much of the year if someone is mowing the lawn or lying in the grass. Contact with grass can result in itching and hives in people who are allergic to grass pollen. If you experience itching or hives when you mow the lawn or lie in the grass, it’s possible you have a grass pollen allergy, and appropriate care should be taken to prevent future itching or hives.

 

Summer Mold
Outdoor mold allergic reaction can begin in late summer and fall. Certain mold spores peak late in the summer. Possible symptoms include: making you cough and your eyes itch, asthma and shortness of breath.

 

Here’s how you can reduce mold levels:

  • Control moisture inside your home using a dehumidifier.
  • Consider keeping windows and doors closed and using an air conditioner
  • Water leaks in bathrooms, basements and kitchens may need to be fixed
  • Try staying inside when mold counts are published in the high range.

 

Poison Ivy
Poison ivy is the most common of allergens, as it is throughout the U.S., especially around large bodies of water like rivers and streams. It is said to have the ability to grow in a variety of places and therefore makes our susceptibility to it even greater.

 

Symptoms usually begin with severe itching. Redness, swelling and burning can follow the itching along with blisters. Tougher areas of the skin that seem to be more resistant are palms of hands and soles of your feet. Thinner layers of your skin, such as eyelids and underarms are said to have a stronger reaction. Wearing gloves, pants, and washing your hands frequently when working in the yard is the best way to avoid getting this type of allergen.

 

Seasonal Fruits
People are said to experience “oral allergy syndrome” and can have itchiness of the mouth, lips and tongue as a result from eating of some of the following fruits: almonds, apples, cherries, peaches, prunes, pears, mangos and bananas.

 

Most reactions are said to be only mild, often only affecting the mouth. Another symptom can be swelling of the throat and sensation of closing. If you feel like it is hard to breathe (dyspnea), experience hoarseness or asthma, consider asking your doctor for a skin prick test.  The test can determine which allergens you may be sensitive to, helping you avoid those seasonal fruits.

 

Following these guidelines may help to reduce exposure and relieve allergic symptoms. Preventing allergic reactions can be simple if you avoid certain situations and remain aware of what may be causing your allergic reactions.

Rachelle

Rachelle

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
Hi I'm Rachelle, or "Elle" for short. I am a busy body, but always been a plus sized kinda girl. I've learned that my curves are sexy, and I can feel good about how I look without looking like a stick! I'm a work-a-holic and stay as active as I can with lots of projects, so I have to prioritize my health choices. Working for Creative Bioscience has opened my eyes to what you can do to supplement your diet, and manage things in a natural way. The advances that are being made in the health arena are so exciting, and we are on the front lines bringing the best of the best. Rachelle's favorite product is hCG 1234
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