This past spring has been a rough one: the frequent windiness stirred up all the pollen, sending it into every nook and cranny. My son and I managed to get through it by observing the forecast, washing up regularly, and changing our air filter.Now, as spring comes to an end, we can breathe a little easier, literally, since the pollen is dying down.
However, while most seasonal allergies are attributed to high levels of pollen in the air, it doesn’t mean they all stop when summer takes the reins. If you’re like me—or my son—your allergies are ongoing. Though the worst part is over, there’s still plenty of fight left in summer.
What’s the Problem Now?
Yes, pollen is the main culprit of seasonal allergies. It gets in your nose and makes your eyes all watery and you get an annoying bout of the sniffles. But the pollen is finally gone, but the symptoms still persist…what’s the deal?
Here it is folks: some plants and insects give off certain residues that, if you’re allergic, you can have a pretty nasty reaction. Ragweed is the plant offender during the summer months—it can ride the wind for hundreds of miles, so even if you don’t live anywhere near it, it can still find you. Dust mites are also particularly bad as they run rampant in warm, humid temperatures, typically making homes in fabrics of furniture, carpet, and beds. If you’re the lucky recipient of all the allergy-sensitive genes like I am—and, unfortunately, my son—than you probably suffer pretty badly during the summers.
Not to Worry: It’s All About Management
Summer allergies aren’t usually as strong as spring allergies…unless your allergies are related to summer-specific allergens. But, there’s no need to worry too much about it—it’s mainly all about how you manage your exposure to allergens and treatment of your symptoms.
24-Hour Allergy Relief
As with all allergies, it’s not a bad idea to opt for over-the-counter medicine. When it comes to the comfort and relief of allergies during the heavy seasons, it’s completely safe to take a 24-hour allergy pill to help fight the watery eyes, constant sneezing, and runny noses.
Keep Your Home’s Air Clean
Change out your air filter. I’ve been through two filters this past spring, and I plan on going through at least two more this summer. Air filters are there to trap the bad stuff from entering your home, and during the spring and summer, they’re working harder than at any other time of the year. You’ll want to replace them frequently so that you keep the air in your home clean and allergen free.
Allergens like to stick. They’ll attach to your hair, your clothes, your skin, and soon you’ll be taking it everywhere with you. Hopefully, you’ve already replaced your air filter in order to keep allergens out of the home, but if you’re not being proactive about washing up, you may be carting those allergens right inside. The best way to fight summer allergies is to wash up when you come inside, even if it’s just your hands.