Preparing for Summer Allergies

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Summer is finally here, and with it comes a new wave of seasonal allergies. Grass pollen, insect stings, and mold are the most common allergy-causing culprits this season. While most people believe that spring is the worst allergy season, symptoms can be just as bad in the summertime. While you can’t fully avoid these allergens, you can prepare for them and treat the symptoms when an allergic reaction occurs. NY Allergy & Sinus Centers is here to help prepare you for summer allergies.

Take Action Against Grass Pollen Allergies

To prepare for grass pollen allergies, it’s important to check the pollen count every morning. On high pollen count days, make sure to have extra antihistamines on hand. It’s also a good idea to use a neti pot with saline solution to clear out your nose. Pollen particles easily get into your nose and irritate your allergies. Do this twice a day, and you will feel relief.

Beware of Bees and Wasps

Stinging insects come out during the warmer months. You’ll be seeing more bees and wasps flying around. The good news is, insects usually don’t sting unless provoked. As long as you stay calm, you probably won’t get hurt. Just in case, there are ways to keep bees and wasps away. For example, these stinging insects love sweet drinks and food; so when eating outside, cover your drinks and food when they aren’t in your hand. Also, try to stay away from perfume this season. The sweet scent might confuse the insects as they look for flowers

Keep a Dry Home

Mold thrives in warm and moist places. It’s best to keep your air conditioner running on a cool setting throughout the day with the windows closed. When showering in hot water, make use of that noisy exhaust fan to get rid of the steam. Also, try not to use a humidifier in your home during the summer. This will only irritate your mold allergies.

Seek Treatment for Summer Allergies

Those office visits with your allergist are crucial this season. Over-the-counter allergy medication may not soothe all of your symptoms. Your allergist can prescribe necessary medications to treat your allergies fast. For more severe allergies, ask about an epinephrine injection, inhaled corticosteroid, or other essential allergy products.

Meet the Physician Collaborator

Dr. Lisa Moreno is a trained allergist and immunologist who specializes in food allergies, asthma, sinusitis, and hay fever. She is board certified with the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and the American Board of Pediatrics. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Moreno by calling 212-686-4448.