Austin in summer is a welcome time to enjoy the outdoors, take vacations and enjoy the beauty that is in full bloom. However, for those with summer allergies, the summer months often are spent in air-conditioned rooms and warm showers, avoiding and washing away pesky and burdensome allergens.
Symptoms of Summer Allergens
Despite the season, those who live with seasonal allergies can expect very similar symptoms ranging from sneezing, runny nose or stuffiness, itchy and watery eyes, wheezing and coughing. Depending on the trigger, sometimes the allergy might present in the form of hives or rashes when one comes into physical contact. Either way, those who have summer allergies are known to carry tissues, antihistamines and inhalers any time they venture outside.
Most Common Summer Allergens
In the early summer months, grass (in Texas expect Bahia, Bermuda, Orchard, Sweet Vernal and Timothy) can trigger severe reactions – especially when it is freshly cut. Pollen is another leading cause of summer sniffles – just seeing your car covered by the saffron-colored dust is enough to make anyone reach for the box of Puffs. Mold and spores are also prevalent in summer, especially with flash storms saturating the area before it has time to drain; the humidity can cause swelling in the nasal passages and eyes, which can cause congestion and post-nasal drip. By Labor Day expect reactions to ragweed, probably the most common and aggressive of the summer allergens.
Fighting Summer Allergies
If your summers are spent sniffling and sneezing, there are things you can do to keep your allergies in check. Refer to the internet or local news for pollen counts and adjust your schedule accordingly. Be vigilant about cleaning – when vacuuming use HEPA-filtered vacuum, and dust often if it doesn’t affect you. Despite the enticing sounds of summer, keep your windows shut and the A/C on. Wash your sheets twice as often as usual and try taking showers before bed to wash away any allergens you may have collected during the day. Opt to use the dryer vs. air-drying your laundry, that way you aren’t inviting any more allergens into your home. If you have pets, brush them out and be sure to vacuum often. Keep antihistamines on hand, and try saline-based nasal sprays. Most importantly, see an allergist. An allergist or nasal and sinus specialist will not only determine the exact allergens that are triggering your symptoms, he will develop a treatment plan unique to your particular triggers.
Renown Allergy Care in Austin
For those living with allergies in Austin, look no further than the experts at Nasal & Sinus Center of Austin, where our ear, nose, and throat specialists are renown for evaluating and treating all forms of nasal and sinus disorders with a variety of treatments, to include cutting-edge, minimally invasive surgical procedures when less conservative methods are exhausted. If you live in the Austin area or outside Austin but seeking the best care possible, contact the Nasal & Sinus Center of Austin today by calling (512) 339-4040. You can also request an appointment online.