It’s summer time in Orlando and that means fun, sun… and allergies? Yep, allergies can strike during the summer season, too. Read on as we share the five most common summer allergies and ways you can lessen your symptoms in Central Florida.
Of all the summer allergens, pollen is the most common and affects the most people. With plants in full bloom, the pollen count can be a burden to allergy sufferers. Still, even when not in full bloom during these beautiful summer months, it’s hard to avoid spending time outdoors, which may lead to increased allergen reaction. To lessen the effects of pollen allergies in the summer, it’s recommended to wear oversized sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to prevent pollen from getting on the face and into eyes.
The humid summer air is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Alternaria is one of the most common types of mold and tends to peak at this time of the year. Mold has the ability to trigger asthma, in addition to allergies. It is recommended that people with mold allergies wear masks when working in the yard and to get rid of moisture or dampness indoors by repairing leaks and using dehumidifiers.
During summer, more insects are out visiting your weekend cookout and admiring your garden. When you’re near these insects you, unfortunately, assume the risk of being stung. Insect stings are a well-known summer allergy trigger that can lead to a severe reaction known as anaphylaxis. To protect yourself from being stung, wear a non-scented bug spray and avoid wearing anything that smells sweet or clothing that is brightly colored or floral.
Wearing sunscreen while spending time outdoors is especially important when blocking the sun’s harmful UV rays. However, some people are allergic to ingredients in popular sunscreens, so be sure to also avoid scented lotions or lotions that contain parabens (chemicals used as preservatives).
Food allergies can happen at any time of the year. However, some allergy suffers who experience pollen allergies can also suffer from a cross-reaction to fruits they eat. This includes certain foods, such as melons, apples and celery. To be safe avoid foods that you know you have a reaction to.