Summertime is when people flock to the outdoors, enjoying the sun and nature. Barbecues, swimming pools, and summer festivals are all fun summer activities that have the potential to trigger your allergies or asthma. The following are some allergy and asthma triggers that may surprise you.

Summer Smells

Chlorine is not an allergen, however the smell can cause symptoms in those with allergies and asthma. The chemical can cause allergy-like eye and nose symptoms and symptoms of asthma as well. Campfire smoke can also cause reactions, primarily for those with asthma. Smoke is a common asthma trigger. It is best to sit upwind of smoke and avoid close contact.

Summer Snacks & Oral Allergy Syndrome

Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) occurs when someone suffering from an environmental allergy (grass, tree, or weed pollen allergies) has a cross-reaction between similar proteins in certain fruits and vegetables and the allergy-causing pollen. This can cause mild reactions such as tingling lips. This can occur with peaches, apples, celery, almonds, and other summer fruits and vegetables. Simply avoiding the food in question is a solution, or taking an antihistamine before consumption can also help.

South Carolina Weather

Here in South Carolina the summer weather can change from 90 degrees and sunshine to rain clouds with stifling humidity. These sudden changes in weather can trigger an asthma attack. Wind can also cause problems for those with allergies, stirring up mold and spreading pollen.

Those Pesky Bugs

Spending more time outdoors leads to a higher chance of being stung by an insect. For those who are allergic to stinging insects, this can develop life-threatening allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis. It is important to coverup when outdoors, avoid bright colored clothing, avoid sweets outdoors, and do not wear perfume. It is also essential to carry an epinephrine auto injector with you in case of emergencies.

If you need assistance preparing for your summer allergies and asthma symptoms, an allergist can assist you in creating a treatment plan. An allergist at National Allergy & ENT will work with you to create a treatment plan that works best for you. To schedule an appointment, please call (843) 797-8162 or schedule an appointment online.