Summertime Allergies

July 16, 2014

As summer sweeps across the nation, another season is also revving up. We’re talking about grass pollen season. Most people are familiar with the tree pollen allergies that come in early spring, but fewer people realize that its unpleasant cousin comes to town when June rolls around. As summer kicks off, grass pollen blooms reach their peak, sending allergy sufferers to the doctor in search of relief.
Grass pollen affects the entire country, with northern grasses like timothy, rye and blue in colder climates, and Bermuda grass in southern, warmer climates, raising pollen levels to new heights. So if you find yourself congested or notice you’ve got itchy eyes, it may be time to think about how you are managing your summer allergies!
We know just how to help allergy sufferers weather the grass pollen season. In addition to antihistamines and allergy shots, we’ve put together several tips to keep you free of allergy symptoms like itchy eyes, runny noses and sneezing.

  • If you’ve been outside, take a shower before you go to bed and change into fresh clothes so you don’t bring pollen onto your sheets that may have clung to your skin, hair or clothes.
  • Limit outdoor activity to late afternoon – pollen counts are highest in the morning.
  • It’s best to go outside after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
  • Keep car and home windows closed and opt for air condition at night to keep pollen out.
  • Change your bedding and pillow covers often.

Some 40 million Americans have indoor/outdoor allergies. The most common triggers are tree, grass and weed pollen; mold spores, dust mite and cockroach allergens; and cat, dog and rodent dander. And since allergies can develop at any age, most people will feel the allergy itch at some point during their lives.
If you don’t feel better after a home remedy or over-the-counter treatment, visit your local AFC Urgent Care urgent care center and let us help you find relief!

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