If people can really get blessed after sneezing, those who suffer from seasonal allergies are in luck in that regard. I’ve also heard that a good cry is healthy. All that eye watering should be good for something then. What about the itch? Well, don’t you know that an itch can mean good luck or that someone’s thinking of you? So, according to the logic of old sayings, one with allergies is really blessed in more ways than one. I can’t figure much in regards to the stuffy nose, but if you do, let me know. All joking aside, summertime allergies are no fun to deal with, but there are ways to avoid some of the more common triggers. As someone who has experienced summertime allergies frequently, as well as secondhand through my kids, I have learned a great deal about them.
Common Summertime Allergy Triggers
In the summertime, allergy triggers often include grass pollen, weed pollen, and mold. During the summer months, these types of allergens can be at higher levels. Those who have these allergens as triggers will generally suffer the most symptoms in the summertime.
Avoiding and Dealing With Summertime Triggers
According to several experts, including New York Presbyterian, as well as personal experimentation on my part, apparently a good air conditioner is great for keeping summertime allergies at bay. The cool air calms the stuffy nose and if the air filters and ducts are kept clean, an air conditioner can rid the air of common summertime allergens.
Another way to avoid triggers is to stay indoors during peak hours for summertime allergens, which can be about mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
Exercise can help alleviate some of the symptoms if you’ve already been exposed to the allergens. Many types of exercise are beneficial, but yoga s something to look into, as there are certain poses directed at allergy symptom relief.
Neti pots, as some of you may have seen on Oprah, are a great way to keep the sinuses healthy and are said to be a great prevention and relief technique when dealing with allergen triggers.
One over-the-counter remedy for the stuffy nose is a saline nasal drop solution. This actually can be made at home as well. Simply mix ¼ tsp of salt into 1 cup of water. Place 1 to 2 drops into one nostril at a time, wait a few seconds, and blow or suction nostril. Repeat throughout the day as necessary, but not excessively.
Another over-the-counter remedy is to take an antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine HCI, the main ingredient in Benadryl.
Claritin is another over-the-counter allergy remedy. This used to be available as a prescription allergy relief, but is now available without a prescription.
Frequent allergy sufferers may instead wish to take a daily prescription allergy medicine, such as Allegra.
Some allergy sufferers might also experience relief from a cool-mist humidifier, especially at night.
* The author is not a medical professional and offers the above for informational purposes only. Always consult a licensed medical professional for health-related issues.
Allergy Action Plan
Southwestern Medical Center
New York Presbyterian