Allergies Have Millions Suffering Through the Summer

Most people think allergies are confined to the spring and early summer when pollen is at its highest in the air.

But, allergies can happen all year round, especially on sunny and windy days when pollen can roam easily through the air.


What You Need To Know

  • Different allergens can pop up during each season
  • Allergies can feel worse on sunny and windy days
  • There are many tips and tricks to help you combat allergies

Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of allergies for the end of summer.

Ragweed

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Ragweed is one of the main causes of allergies in the late summer months and affects over 20 million Americans across the United States.

It typically starts growing mid-August and lasts into the fall. One single plant can produce one billion grains of pollen each season.

The pollen is so lightweight and small that it can travel great distances, often being found hundreds of miles at sea or up to 2 miles into the atmosphere.

These plants also thrive in warm, humid, and breezy weather conditions. It is best to avoid going outside right after dawn as this is when they spread their pollen the most.

Mold

Mold can thrive both indoor and outdoor. It loves hot and humid weather, so August is a great time for it to grow.

Mold spores spread easily by wind outdoors and air flow indoors. If you’re going to run the air conditioner, make sure to use a dehumidifier if your home is prone to becoming humid in the late summer months, and always clean the house regularly to prevent the buildup of mold.

If you’re going to be outdoors, keep compost away from the house.

Mold likes to grow in damp leaves and grasses, so rake up any dead leaves and plants in the yard.

Also, always make sure to wear a mask and gloves when cleaning up the yard. Agitating any dead plants in the yard can kick mold spores up into the air.

Stinging Insects

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Although stinging insects aren’t what most people associate with summer allergies, they are a big part of them.

With plants in full bloom and pollen everywhere, stinging insects are out in full force.

If you have allergies to stinging insects, take extra precautions, and avoid these insects and their nests.

When outside, stray away from wearing perfumes, cooking, and drinking sweet drinks as this can attract them. Also, try and avoid wearing loose-fitting garments to avoid getting these insects trapped inside your clothes.

If you do encounter them, remain calm, and try to slowly walk away.

Tips to Help the Allergies

Allergies symptoms can include:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy and runny or blocked nose
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Raised, red rashes
  • Swollen tongue, lips, eyes, or face

These symptoms can be quite irritating and bothersome.

Here are some more tips to help you fight back when it comes to allergies:

Try and keep windows in your home and car closed as much as possible to prevent allergens from coming into these spaces.

Run your air conditioner with a clean filter to help clear the air more.

Stay indoors on sunny and windy days as these are the best conditions for the spread of allergens. 

Avoid touching your face after gardening, and make sure to shower after being outdoors.

If your symptoms are too troublesome, antihistamines in the form of pills, nasal sprays, or eye drops can provide great relief.