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What Are The Most Common Summer Allergy Symptoms?

June 20, 2023

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Everything You Should Know About Summer Allergies

If you have summertime allergies, you may not be able to fully enjoy outdoor activities, barbecues, and other events. Summer allergies are very common, and can interfere with your ability to live an active lifestyle. Wondering what the most common causes and symptoms of summer allergies are, and what you can do to fight back? Learn more in this blog from Premier Allergy & Asthma.

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What Are The Most Common Causes Of Summer Allergies?

Unlike spring allergies which are usually caused by tree pollen, summer allergies are usually caused by grass pollen. Almost any type of grass can cause allergic symptoms, including Bermuda, fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, and more.

Summer allergies can also be worsened by smog and poor air quality. While smog is not an allergen by itself, poor air quality can cause irritation and worsen your other allergy symptoms. This summer has been particularly bad for smog and air quality in Central Ohio, thanks to an active Canadian wildfire season that has spread smoke over much of the United States.

Indoors, the summer can also be a time when mold grows throughout homes due to an increase in warm, damp air, causing symptoms in those with mold allergies. Dust mite populations also tend to peak in the summer, which can cause allergic reactions in some people.

Allergy Symptoms To Look Out For During Summertime

Summertime allergy symptoms are usually quite similar to other seasonal allergy symptoms. Everyone is different, but most people will experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Sneezing and coughing

Can I Prevent Summer Allergies? Simple Strategies For Success

Even if you have summer allergies, there are steps you can take to prevent symptoms, feel better, and enjoy outdoor activities in the warmer weather. Here are a few suggestions from our team:

  • Identify and recognize your triggers – It’s always a good idea to see an allergist for allergy testing in Central Ohio. At Premier Allergy & Asthma, we offer needle-free testing for most allergens, including grasses and other common summer allergens. Knowing your triggers is the first step in fighting back against allergies!
  • Check pollen counts and plan accordingly – Most weather apps have a pollen count feature that lets you check pollen counts and plan outdoor activities accordingly. Consider indoor activities when pollen counts peak, and head outside when they're low.
  • Take OTC or prescription allergy medicine – Lots of over-the-counter allergy medications can help with your symptoms, but people with severe allergies can also get prescription medication. Either way, taking your medicine as directed will help reduce your symptoms.
  • Reduce allergens in your indoor environment – Keeping windows and doors closed, installing a HEPA filter, using an air purifier, changing after going outside, frequently washing laundry and sheets, and taking other such steps can help you reduce allergens inside your home. 

Come To Premier Allergy & Asthma For Summer Allergy Treatment In Central Ohio

If summer allergies are making your season miserable, Premier Allergy & Asthma is here to help. We have 11 convenient office locations throughout the Greater Columbus and Central Ohio regions. If you need relief and guidance on how to prevent common summer allergy symptoms, our team of expert allergists is here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (614) 328-9927, and take the first steps toward the relief you need.