By Janeal Downs
Many have allergies yearlong, generic but some people’s suffering begins with the pollen season and lasts until the leaves on the trees start to fall. The sneezes, story irritated skin, swollen eyes and wheezing are never desirable during any season. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) offers some advice for keeping summer allergies under control.
With a hot sun, it means there are more opportunities for outdoor activities. Whether it be barbeques, festivals or trips to the beach, no one wants allergies to stop them from enjoying their summer. ACAAI suggests not only taking allergy medication before you leave, but also allowing it time to be effective before departing for the day. Also, especially for people with asthma, before leaving the house, check for Ozone Alerts and make sure you always carry a quick relief inhaler.
People who have never experienced the wrath of poison ivy, in order to continue avoiding it, should stay in open areas away from bushes as much as possible.
From the numerous people who suffer from allergies due to pollen, sunglasses can help and protect your eyes from more than just the sun.
Bees and other insects
We all know bees are attracted to bright clothing. It is probably not a good idea to wear a fluorescent yellow shirt when you know you are going to be in the park. ACAAI also said perfume can attract bees. When bees sting someone they release a chemical which attracts other stinging insects, so move away from the person who was stung and get both of you inside as soon as possible. “Beware, stings from insects –including honey bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants – send more than half a million people each year to hospitals and cause at least 50 deaths,” ACAAI stated on their website. Pain, swelling and redness are normal reactions to insect stings. When hives, tightness of the chest, swelling of the tongue, throat, nose or lips, dizziness or fainting occur, seek medical attention immediately.
With more time to eat out and more barbeques, beware of food allergies. Check the ingredients, ask for food to be cooked separately on aluminum foil away from the rest on the grill, have a separate serving utensil for each food item, and serve allergic guests first. It may be a hassle, but no one wants swollen faces and rashes to interrupt a cookout. Mixed salads, barbecue sauces, and salad dressings can sometimes carry some of the most common food allergens. ACAAI even suggests bringing your own condiments in individual sized packs.