Sep 29, 2021
How To Fight Off Summer Allergies
5 minute read
Summertime is all about chilling out and taking a break – but what if your allergies won’t let you?
Summer allergies often start around May and don’t let up until August or even early September, and they make the hottest months of the year miserable for millions of people. If you’re tired of dealing with summer allergy symptoms, you’ve come to the right place!
At Cleared, we believe that sufferers of summer allergies can find relief with a carefully crafted treatment plan. We know everyone’s allergies are unique, so we won’t recommend the same solution for everyone. Instead, we’ll give you the personalized care that you deserve!
In this post, we’ll be covering some of the best treatment options for summer allergies. In addition, we’ll provide you with helpful tips for getting quick relief from your symptoms. That way, you can go out and have fun in the sun with everyone else.
What’s Causing Your Summer Allergies?
Summer allergies are often caused by pollen. While most trees have let up by the summertime – giving spring allergy sufferers a break – other plants are just getting started. The main culprits are often grasses and weeds for those who deal with their worst allergy symptoms in the summer. Grass, in particular, is a major summer allergy trigger.
How Grass Causes Allergies
Grass can blow on the wind for miles and miles, which can give you symptoms even outside of an area where it grows. Grass allergy symptoms can range from sneezing and a runny nose to itchy eyes and a scratchy throat. Not fun at all.
Dust Mites Are Common in The Summer, Too
Dust mites are microscopic critters that feed on the dead skin that builds up in your home. It’s pretty gross to think about, but you and the other members of your household are constantly shedding skin cells, which then collect on carpets, upholstery, and sheets. Dust mites are attracted to that skin, which is nasty enough as it is. But to make matters worse, many people are allergic to dust mite feces.
How to Find Out The Causes of Your Summer Allergies
If you’re unsure what your allergy triggers are, it’s a great time to get tested. An allergy test from Cleared can be performed at home, and it’s super simple. After collecting a small blood sample, experts at a lab will analyze your blood and send the results to our team of experienced allergists.
With your lab results, our allergists can determine the root cause of your summer allergy symptoms. Then, you’ll be set up with a personalized allergy treatment plan to meet your specific needs.
How Are Summer Allergies Treated?
At Cleared, we build our treatment plans for summer allergies around three key methods:
Immunotherapy: This unique allergy treatment strategy works to get your immune system used to the allergens causing your symptoms. By introducing small amounts of your triggering allergens in your body, immunotherapy can help your immune system lower its sensitivity to these triggers, reducing your symptoms over time. For more info about immunotherapy, click here.
Relief Medications: When you’re dealing with run-of-the-mill, everyday allergy symptoms, meds like antihistamines and anti-inflammatories can be a huge help.
Whenever you struggle with sneezes, itchy eyes, and other common allergy-related issues, these prescription or over-the-counter medications can give you the short-term relief that you need. To explore the Cleared lineup of relief medications, click here.
Tips for Summertime Allergy Relief
When you can’t get the relief you need from your seasonal allergies, try out these tips!
Stay inside when you can on windy days. The wind blows grass, pollen, and other allergens around, exposing you to them and intensifying your symptoms. The best way to keep those symptoms at bay? Stay indoors! Airborne summertime allergens are typically at their highest levels outside, so you’re likely to find at least some relief inside.
Close your windows at night. While a cool summertime breeze might feel great in the evening, that breeze can blow airborne allergens into your house, making it harder for you to sleep. When you’re up all night sneezing, it’s much harder to be a champ the next day, so keep those windows closed at night!
Shower often. Pollen and other allergens can get trapped in your hair and on your clothes when you spend lots of time outside in the summer. This is especially true on days when the humidity is high, and you’re sweating. Plus, a cool shower on a summer day is always refreshing!
If mowing the lawn in the summer triggers your allergies, try wearing a mask. Masking up can help you avoid symptoms wherever airborne allergens abound – including when your lawnmower is kicking up grass in all directions. If you tend to sneeze and sniffle anytime you cut the grass; a mask can give you some much-needed relief. In addition, try wearing your mask on windy days.
Use a dehumidifier to make your house uninviting for dust mites. A dehumidifier minimizes the moisture in the air, which makes your home less appealing for pesky dust mites. These critters thrive in hot, moist environments, so they’ll be far less happy when the humidity in your house is lower.
Dust and vacuum often. When dust collects in your home in the summertime, you’re likely to start dealing with some allergy symptoms. To keep your house dust-free, stick to a consistent chore regimen! Pro tip: wear your mask while vacuuming!
Dealing With Summer Allergies? Cleared Can Help
If you need relief from your summer allergy symptoms, we have your back. Click here to get started with Cleared. Your one-stop shop for everything allergy, we help you keep your allergies at bay in no time.
Dr. Payel Gupta
Medically reviewed by Dr. Payel Gupta
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