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How to fight summer allergies

5 Steps For Summer Allergy Relief

May 25, 2023

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What Causes Summer Allergies?

For many people, summer is a time for backyard BBQs, beach vacations, and outdoor activities. But if you start sniffling in the summer, you’re not alone. Summer allergy season is almost upon us, too. And if you have seasonal allergies in the summer, the season can be miserable unless you take the right steps to fight back against your allergies. What can you do? Find out now in this blog from Premier Allergy & Asthma.

Unlike spring allergies, which are mostly caused by tree pollen, summer allergies are usually caused by grass pollen. In Central Ohio, grass pollen levels are usually the highest from the middle of May to late June. Ragweed can also be a culprit. Ragweed levels peak in the early autumn, but ragweed can begin blooming as early as late July and August.

Summer allergies

Our Top 5 Tips For Fighting Back Against Summer Allergies

If you’re starting to feel the symptoms of summer allergies, there are a few steps that you can take to keep yourself feeling more comfortable, and to reduce your exposure to allergens.

  1. Don’t Open Your Windows, Rely On Your A/C – If you regularly open your windows, even just at night, a lot more pollen can come into your home. So use your air conditioner instead of opening windows, and consider HEPA filtration filters or additional air purification systems to handle allergens.
  2. Stay Inside When Pollen Counts Are Especially High – Grass pollen usually starts being released in the morning and peaks in the early afternoon. Pollen counts are usually the highest on warm, windy days, and are the lowest on still days or right after it rains. You can check pollen counts on most weather apps, and stay inside when pollen counts are at their highest.
  3. Wash Your Bedding, Vacuum Carpets And Upholstery Regularly – You can track lots of pollen into your home and into your bed, as well as your rugs, carpets, and upholstery. Wash your bedding regularly, and keep your home clean by dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming.
  4. Shower And Change To Help With Pollen Buildup – After you’ve been outside, it’s best to shower to rinse pollen off of your body, and to change into fresh clothes. This helps you reduce the amount of pollen buildup in your home.
  5. Take Over-The-Counter Or Prescription Allergy Medications – Allergy medications like antihistamines can help mitigate your allergy symptoms, so make sure to take them as directed by your allergist.

When Do Summer Allergies Usually Go Away?

If you have summer allergies, you’ll usually start to experience fewer symptoms around July. Most grasses have stopped producing pollen by this time, though some continue into August. The hot, dry weather also helps reduce allergies, along with the occasional summer rain.

Need Relief From Summer Allergies? Premier Allergy & Asthma Is A Call Away!

If you’ve been struggling with summer allergies in Central Ohio, the team at Premier Allergy & Asthma is here to help. We have 11 convenient locations all throughout the Greater Columbus area, and our expert allergists can help you get the treatment you need for symptom relief. Don’t sneeze through the summer ever again! Give us a call at (614) 328-9927 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our Ohio allergy experts, and take the first steps toward relief.