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How Patients Can Manage Summer Allergies in 2021

Although allergies are most severe in springtime, they are also prevalent in summer. So, if you find yourself sneezing uncontrollably with an itchy throat or red bumps on your skin, it’s probably an allergic reaction. The more intense symptoms are swollen tongue, nausea, or anaphylaxis. You could experience any or some of these right after contact with an allergen. Not everyone is allergic to the same things because our immune systems react differently. Therefore, particles your body perceives as dangerous may be harmless to another person. 

In this article, you’ll learn the types of allergies prevalent in summer and how you can avoid them this season.

And if you ever need same-day urgent care for allergy treatment and summer colds, then contact Centennial Medical Center today! Our team is ready to help you get the care you need in our safe and efficient urgent care center with experienced providers.

Types of common summer allergies

Different substances can be allergens for people. It’s important for you to know the things that trigger allergic reactions in your body.

 

  • Airborne allergy

 

Examples of airborne allergens are pollen, mold, dust mites, and animal dander. These substances can be carried by the wind, so it’s often difficult to prevent contact with them.

 

  • Food allergy

 

If you are allergic to foods like wheat, milk, nuts, fish, or soy, you should not eat any of them. Doing so will trigger a reaction that can damage your health. 

 

  • Drug allergy

 

A common example of this is penicillin. With drug allergies, the immune system reacts to drugs as if they were harmful and fights such drugs. 

 

  • Insect sting allergy

 

Bee, fire ant, or wasp stings are bad, but they’re much worse if you’re allergic to them! 

Common summer allergy symptoms

Here are some allergy symptoms associated with summer:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy throat or skin
  • Coughing
  • Swollen tongue 
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea 

Treatment for summer allergies 

As of now, a cure for allergies has not been developed. However, there are home remedies and treatments that can help to relieve the symptoms. To access treatments, you should visit a hospital. They will run proper tests to determine your allergies and prescribe treatments

  • Eyedrops
  • Antihistamines 
  • Nasal sprays
  • Epinephrine 
  • Immunotherapy

How to sail safely through allergy season

  • Get your allergy shots before the season starts. 
  • Avoid spending time outdoors to reduce contact with pollen. 
  • Avoid leaving your laundry outside. 
  • Fix any leaking sinks so that mold or mildew will not grow underneath your bathroom or kitchen sinks
  • Stay away from dusty areas or use a nose covering if you have to. 
  • Clean out your home’s air filters regularly to ensure the circulation of clean air. 
  • Keep an eye out for stinging insects anytime you’re outdoors. 
  • Stay away from an animal whose dander you’re allergic to. 
  • Utilize non-prescription antihistamines to help allergy symptoms. 
  • Keep extra epinephrine shots on you at all times. 
  • Always examine food labels for any substance you’re allergic to. 

Now that you know the allergies prevalent in summer, keep allergy triggers at bay with asthma action plans, frequent sanitation, etc. Utilize the tips in this article to curtail allergy this summer. And if you need immediate medical attention for allergies, go to an urgent care center as soon as possible.

Contact Centennial Medical Center today for more information related to COVID-19 testing, allergy treatment, and seasonal illness treatment!

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Don’t be Scrooged by winter allergies

The holidays are here & that means that it is once again the best time of the year! However, if you suffer from allergies all year round or in the winter then you are probably dreading going home for the Holidays! Centennial Medical is here to tell you that you don’t need to be scared of your winter allergies anymore! We have some tips that should help you overcome & stay one step ahead of those nasty allergies!

Timing, Timing, Timing

The best time to stop allergies is before they even happen! Yes, that’s right you should be preparing and dedicating for your allergies approximately 1-2 weeks before you usually start getting symptoms. If you wait until you already have symptoms then you have made it harder for you to fight off your allergies this year. The warmer the weather the more of a chance you have of getting stronger allergy symptoms in the winter.

Stay away from the mold

Mold is everyone’s worst enemy when it comes to allergies. Mold can exist & grow anywhere that is wet in a warm place. By this, we mean places that have a moist damp environment more than likely the mold that can harm you the most is the mold that is found in your house. You should be looking for mold in the following places:

  • Under your couch
  • Under your sink
  • Shower
  • Bathroom
  • Under cabinets that may have had a leak near them
  • Basement pipes/heater

Mold in a house can be devastating to one’s health over a certain period of time. Slight exposure to mold can make your already existent allergies skyrocket!

Be careful about doing chores

When doing chores most specifically cleaning, most of the time this involves getting close to the dirty things around the house. A lot of dust, mold, & pollen may kick up when you are doing activities such as sweeping, mopping, wiping you are putting your face & mouth near these particles. The best way to try to avoid allergies while doing chores is to wear a mask that covers your nose & mouth.

We hope that these tips will help you beat allergies this year for the holidays!

 

 

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