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Allergies: When, Where, and How

That beautiful green grass on a perfectly manicured lawn may seem to be the ideal spot for a summer snack of cookies and lemonade, but that same perfectly groomed grass is patiently waiting to spread tiny grains of pollen into the air, through your nasal passages, and out again through a series of annoying sneezing and coughing. Grass, pollen, ragweed, hay, and other grasses and pollens are leading causes of allergies at the height of the allergy season.

Especially during late summer and early fall, these allergies can make your life miserable, causing cold symptoms like sneezing, coughing, runny nose, drainage, and sore throats. During the summer season, when the weather is hot and humid but when everybody enjoys warm summer afternoons outdoors, molds and pollens are the most common allergies.

Molds thrive in dark, damp places, and they love to grow in bathrooms and basements, especially in very humid climates. Mold spores can cause allergies, and it is important to keep bathrooms clean against mold and mildew. A dehumidifier is perfect for decreasing the amount of moisture in indoor air, and using an air purifier helps keep down the growth and spread of mold spores.

Summer afternoons can be almost suffocating, but despite the high temperatures, late summer afternoons and early summer mornings can be very pleasant and the perfect times to spend outdoors swimming, walking, or just playing in the yard. This is the time to be extra careful with outdoor allergies, however. Grasses, weeds, pollens, and other outdoor allergens can really bring on sneezes, sniffles, coughs, and headaches, as well as other problems that can make your summer miserable.

With as many outdoor allergies going around, it’s sad to say that allergies are caused just as often indoors as outdoors. Allergies can be caused by numerous sources, and due to indoor air pollution, seasons have little effect on the frequency of some allergies. Pollutants like dust, dander, pollen, mold, and smoke accumulate inside homes year round, and breathing these pollutants over and over again can cause allergies.

How can the problem of allergies be solved, if at all? Over-the-counter drugs help to soothe allergies, and prescription medications can be administered for severe allergies, but allergy sufferers should be aware of any possible complications with medication. Allergies may be unavoidable, but sources can be limited. Cleaning regularly and keeping a tidy house and using an air purification system are ways to keep indoor air clean and healthy and a better environment for allergy sufferers.

One Response to “ “Allergies: When, Where, and How”

  1. Krittapat says:

    I have to agree with Chris on using a Netti pot. My doctor rdecmmoneed it to me because I have asthma which leads to chronic bronchitis. Well every time I would get a cold, it would end up in my chest and end up on antibiotics was a vicious cycle. I started getting REALLY sick (green means infection) so I relented and tried the Netti Pot. Within a few days I was feeling SO much better, and I am now a total believer!!! I have not been on antibiotics all winter a FIRST for me!!! Even my doctor mentioned I had not been in for my usual bouts of bronchitis and I told her I took her advice and had been using the Netti pot. These can be found at CVS, Stop and Shop, and I assume any pharmacy chain. If you cannot locate it, ASK. You will be amazed how much relief you will have from using one!!!! I have been using it for my seasonal allergies, and have been able to sleep without using the usual sinus meds, nose spray ect even helps my eyes!!!

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