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Allergic to Summer: What Causes Your Summer Allergies

Little Girl Is Blowing Her Nose

You got through your spring allergies and thought you were in the clear. Now, it’s summer, which means it’s time for a vacation from both work and allergies… or so you thought. Contrary to popular belief, allergies are a year-round threat, and yes, that means you are even at risk in the summer. We know you’re thinking, “What can cause allergies in the summer?” Well, there are many allergens that actually thrive during summertime and irritate your system, sending you into a full-on allergy attack. The following are the most common causes of summer allergies.

Grasses & Weeds:

During the spring, pollen is king. During the summer, grasses and weeds reign. The most common grasses that can cause summer allergies are: Bermuda, Blue, Orchard, Redtop, Sweet vernal, and Timothy. The most common weeds are: Ragweed, Cockle, Pigweed, Russian thistle, Sagebrush, and Tumbleweed.

Air Pollution:

As we all know, it’s hot and sunny during the summer. What you probably didn’t know is that the sunlight, nitrogen oxide, and hydrocarbon from burning fuel can create ozone clouds around cities. These ozone clouds trap in the air pollution and can make allergy symptoms worse.

Insects:

We aren’t the only creatures that enjoy everything that summer has to offer. With warm weather comes more insects and the greater possibility of being stung or bitten. For most, those bites and stings are just that, but for some, they could result in an allergic reaction. The most common insects responsible are: bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and fire ants.

Mold & Mildew:

Have you ever noticed that the basement or bathroom in your house gets humid and damp during the summer? These areas are the perfect places for mold and mildew to grow. The two allergens thrive in damp areas and can get into the air and cause allergies, especially during the summer.

Dust Mites:

If you thought that dust is only a problem during the winter, you thought wrong. These microscopic insects are at their peak during the summer because they survive in warm, humid temperatures. The residue they leave in their wake can get into the air and cause sneezing, wheezing, or a runny nose.

Who would have guessed that you can, in fact, be allergic to summer? There’s no need to panic, though, relief is in sight. Now that you know that summer allergies exist, the next step is to book an appointment at Westwood ENT and have an allergy test. The results will tell you if it is one or more of the things we’ve listed above that is causing your allergies, letting us know how to alleviate your suffering. Westwood ENT offers many treatment options for seasonal allergies, and with our patient-centered approach, you will leave knowing just as much as the doctors! For more information about all things Westwood ENT, visit our website, or check up on our blog.