Summer allergies are no fun! Itchy watery eyes, running nose, post-nasal drip causing a scratchy throat all add up to misery. To help make the most of your summer, there are some preventative actions you can take to avoid setting your allergies off in full bloom. Summers were meant to be enjoyed, not endured. However, if you are a summer allergy sufferer, there is help available, now more than ever, and its not too late to make your summer a good one!
1. Avoid going outside for recreation, walking and/or jogging in the morning from early dawn until 11am. During these hours mold spores from damp grass and other offending allergens are released into the air in the greatest amounts.
2. On windy days, during the summer, avoid outside activity as much as possible. Pollens love the wind and when you breathe them in, they will set your symptoms off and ruin your day.
3. In your home and car, use air-conditioning. If you want to freshen the house, open the windows in the early evening for a short while or right after a good rain. The rain washes the pollens from the air, temporarily.
4. Never mow your own lawn if you are allergic to grass. Have someone else do it for you. And, when it is being mowed, absolutely make sure all windows and doors are closed. Mowing kicks up tons of offending allergens.
5. If you go on vacation, the nearer you stay to a large body of water, such as the ocean or a big lake, the better you will feel. When breezes blow off the water, you are getting good air to breathe.
6. Never hang your clothes on a clothesline in the summer. The pollen will cling to your clothes, sheets and towels and will positively stir up your allergy.
7. Keep track of the mold and pollen counts in your area every day. This will help you guage what activities to avoid or engage in. By far, www.weatherchannel.com is the best source to get your needed information. It is accurately updated every day. Just type in your zip code and you will get a report. Its convenient and available on the internet so that you do not have to wait for a radio update. Also, if you are planning a businesss or pleasure trip to another part of the country that day, you can type in the zip code for that area to get the latest pollen and mold counts.
8. Eat well and get enough rest. Your body works hard producing histamine to fight off the allergens, without you being aware of it. This is why allergy sufferes feel more fatigue than usual, along with their other symptoms.
The above are some ways in which to help you avoid summer allergies. The other half of the equation, in order for you to have an enjoyable summer, is medication. If your symptoms are severe, you can do something about it.The right prescribed medication can make a tremendous difference in how you feel. If your allergies are severe enough to make you miserable a good part of the day, head for the nearest allergy specialist.
Allergy specialists stay on top of the game and are well-informed of any and all new allergy medications. Some have side-effects, but not all. For instance, if you have to work outside most of the day, you would not want to take an over-the-counter anti-histamine because most of them contain an ingredient that can make you feel drowsy. Likewise, any driving or handling jobs with critical safety issues involved should be avoided until you know how the medication affects your body.
The biggest cause of summer allergies are molds, pollens from growing grasses, flowers and trees. In late summer to early fall, various weeds are a huge offender. Grass pollens start to let up when the worst of the growing season is over in your area. In the meantime, try the tried and true suggestions of avoidance mentioned here, and do see an allergy specialist to help make your summer more enjoyable. As mentioned, summers are meant to be enjoyed, not endured!