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Don't Fear Summer Allergies

summer allergies cause sneezing in the nicest times of the year

Like you, I'm getting tired of summer allergies. Don't you just hate the miserable feeling you have when you get up go in to work every morning? Now add to that a runny nose, sneezing, no sleep, a headache and dulled senses, all brought on by your allergies! It's awful, even if you do enjoy going in to work.

For allergy sufferers, this is exactly what happens, year after year. Rather than having a stress free work week, and following up with a weekend at the pool or by the lake, we spend our days miserable and locked indoors.

It doesn't matter if its in the spring, summer, or fall months. When we have to go outdoors, we risk being bombarded by allergens.

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If you're a recluse like me, it's not so bad. I prefer the air conditioning and relaxing indoors, but even then, the allergens still have a way of getting in to make me miserable!

Summer allergies can easily ruin the summer vacation for children as well. There are only so many things that we can do, and finding a long term solution is very important.

If you are trying to find relief for seasonal allergies such as hay fever, there are a number of options you can consider.

If you just want treatment ideas, skip to the last section on this page.

Causes of Summer Allergies

Most people have a good idea about what they are allergic to. Usually they say "pollen" or "mold", but they often do not have any clue which specific types of pollen or mold are causing their problems. Many people do not realize that trees, grasses, and weeds all produce pollen, and each one causes allergies in a different season.

If you allergies persist throughout the summer, then you are definitely allergic to grass pollen. There a few types of grasses that can be found all over the US that account for the majority of allergies that occur during the summer months:

  • Bermuda Grass
  • Orchard Grass
  • Timothy Grass

Symptoms of Summer Allergies

Like myself, you probably suffer from other types of allergies as well. So these symptoms are going to be very faimilar

  • Sneezing
  • Runny Nose
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Watery Eyes
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Difficulty Breathing

Treatment Options

Take it easy when trying to get relief for your allergies and start with the over the counter options. You can get a variety of different medicines designed to reduce the effects of allergies. But if they are not working, you may want to consider looking into prescription medicines.

The two absolute best ways to prevent summer allergies are explained below. These are both cheap, and effective if you use them properly.

Avoidance: While summer allergies are at their worse when you are outdoors, being indoors does not guarantee relief if you do not follow proper allergen avoidance techniques. Review the allergen avoidance techniques listed here on the Hay Fever Treatment page. This will give you a number of different ways you can avoid the pollen entirely.

use antihistamines to reduce summer allergies

Anti-histamines: Anti-histamines prevent your body from reacting negatively to allergens. Even cheap over the coutner brands can be very effective in preventing your allergies.

These also have to be used properly to be effective. It is important that you take antihistamines prior to experiencing your allergy symptoms. If you wait until after you are itching and sneezing, they will be much less effective. So, if you know you are headed outdoors in half an hour, take one NOW.

If neither of these things work, you may want to look into some natural remedies. Non-traditional approaches include acupuncture, homeopathy, and home remedies. If your summer allergies are still bad after following the above tips, then you should definitely see an allergist for additional treamtnet options.