When summer comes, it brings with it longer days, more time with friends at the beach, colourful cotton and linen clothing, awesome peaches, berries and watermelons and ice creams but at the same time it also brings in different types of allergies. There are five allergies which are very common but they can make your interesting summer days terrible for you. Here, we will find out more about these allergies and how you can prevent them and reduce the impact on your life.
Common Symptoms of summer allergies
Common Symptoms of summer allergies:
- Blocked nose / Mouth Breathing
- Itchy throat
- Runny Nose
- Sneezing and runny nose
- Difficulty breathing
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Postnasal drip
- Facial pressure and pain
- Swollen, blue-coloured skin under your eyes
- In a child, frequent upward rubbing of the nose
The five problems
You will often find people suffering from these allergies, especially during summer days. These allergies that you should be careful about are-
- Summer Pollen Allergies
It is also known as hay fever. Pollen is the biggest culprit. Ragweed, cockle weed, pigweed, Russian thistle, Tumbleweed, sagebrush, Bermuda, blue glasses, red top, orchard, Timothy are some of the weeds and grasses which can cause summer pollen allergies.
An air sucking fan can bring in pollen is into your house. So, you should be careful while using it. When the pollen count is high, which is common during dry, warm and windy days, you can exercise indoors instead of going out.
- Dust Mite Allergies
Dust mite allergy is an allergic reaction that some people show to tiny bugs which are commonly found in house dust. Dust mites are too small and so you cannot see them without a microscope. They eat skin cells shed by you. However, there is a common misconception that allergic reaction happens because of Dust Mite Bites. Thats not true. Actually the allergic reaction is caused by dust mite faecal matter. Even though the reaction may cause signs on the skin that resemble an itchy bite, it is not actually a bite.
To prevent dust mite allergies, you should use a large and prove bed covers and pillows. You should also wash sheets, pillowcases, blankets and bed covers in hot water at least once a week.
- Sun / UV-light allergies
Some people may suffer from Sun or UV light allergies. Bums, blisters, hives and blotchy red patches may be seen on the skin as symptoms of such an allergy. It is also called as photosensitivity. Even though researchers are not sure how sunlight can cause skin allergies, but they believe that the body may respond to sunlight as a threat to the body and if that happens it will result in allergic reactions.
Simple lifestyle changes and adjustments can help you to prevent sun allergy. You should stay out of the sun between 10 am to 3 pm because during this time UV rays are at the peak. If you go outside, you need to use a broad spectrum sunscreen which should have SPF 15 or more. You should also cover your skin with clothing.
- Chigger Allergies
Chiggers are juvenile forms of a mite and they are generally found outdoors in tall grasses. The symptom of a chigger bite include intense itching, raised red bums or blisters on your skin. The bites can cause an allergic reaction. In some cases, you can find Chiggers in Bed.
You can prevent chigger bites by using some nature of insect repellent. You can also wash your clothing items in hot water. You also need to avoid low-lying vegetation because that is the favourable place of chiggers.
- Fruits Allergies
Allergic reactions to food may happen to anyone and during summer some of fruits can cause allergies in some people. Some people cannot eat melons, cherries, peaches, prunes, mangoes, bananas, apples and other fruits.
The first prevention step that you can take is to find out which fruits are causing the allergies and then completely eliminate them. You can substitute those foo fruits ds with the fruits that do not cause any allergies and which in fact help you to prevent other types of summer allergies.