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Summer Allergies: What They Are and How To Treat Them

Michigan Allergy Season

Summer can be the best time of our lives— if we manage to survive the season without breaking into allergies! Nothing dampens the sunny spirit of summer faster than the onslaught of icky and itchy allergies. If you’ve had to take a group photo with friends on the day you had a runny nose, watery eyes, and half a sneeze sneaking out of your lips, then you know what we mean. It’s just never fun to be the allergic one.

And do you know what the worst part is? Allergens can be found virtually anywhere, and before you know it, you’re coughing, sneezing and scratching your way through the day. Just so you don’t end up popping antihistamines every day of the week, it would help you immensely if you could first identify what is triggering your allergic reactions. The most common causes of summer allergies have been identified to be the following:

  • Common types of weed like tumbleweed, cockle weed and ragweed
  • Common types of grass like Bermuda, blue grass, red top and orchard
  • Common types of flying insects like bees, hornets and wasps
  • Common types of mold and fungi
  • And of course, pollen

How Can I Treat My Summer Allergies?

The most well-known treatment for any allergy breakout can be purchased over the counter. Choose your brand of antihistamine, decongestant, corticosteroid ointment, eye drops, or nasal sprays from the pharmacy nearest you and your allergies can be gone in no time— if they are mild. But if these common forms of medication don’t cut it for you, then it is time to seek expert-level treatment.

You can consult with a doctor whom you trust to prescribe medication suited for your condition. Most doctors can prescribe you a leukotriene receptor antagonist (LRA) to help with a moderate to severe allergy attack. Allergy shots or oral tablets for immunotherapy can also be prescribed.

For severe cases of insect bites or stings, an epinephrine injection kit will be needed. These can be self-injected but it is always a wiser choice to have the aide of professional medical personnel around. Pain relievers will also be part of your daily pill diet if you suffer from chronic or recurring allergies. Most brands of acetaminophen and antihistamines should be more than helpful. To relieve pain from burning and itching, have your doctor prescribe a non-toxic hydrocortisone cream or ointment, which is more effective when paired with applications of calamine lotion.

How Do I Avoid These Allergic Reactions?

Although you cannot prevent the outbreak of an allergy completely, you can try a lot of things to minimize the occurrence. Here are some quick tips to help you avoid another annoying allergy breakdown.

  • Keep watch of the days reported to have high pollen or smog count. It might be best to stay indoors throughout these unfortunate days.
  • Vacuum more often.
  • Have your air filters at home cleaned.
  • Also clean the vents, shelves and other areas where pollen and dust can gather.
  • Wash all beddings and rags in the house.
  • Make sure to change your clothes after every time you step out of the house to ensure that you are not a walking host of allergens.
  • Wear a face mask when you cut grass or mow the lawn.

To know more about summer allergies and the proper ways to treat them, get in touch with our medical staff at Apex Medical Center. Our team will be more than happy to assist you through your recovery process from allergies. We understand how much the summer season can impact your life and we want you to be able to go out there and enjoy it. So don’t hesitate to give us a call at 734-629-8971 or visit our center in Westland.

If you have a severe allergy incident to report in Michigan, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us over any of our numbers or through our website, http://www.apexmedicalmi.com.

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