Summer is that time of year when everyone looks forward to spending time outdoors, basking in the sun, and enjoying time off from school and work.
However, it is also one of the worst times for allergy sufferers. Allergy triggers can hit suddenly and send people to the emergency room, making enjoying the season a lot more difficult. Allergies can differ depending where you live in Florida, but following are some of the most commonly seen in the summer include.
Now infests more than 260 million acres in the southern United States. The most serious reaction is anaphylaxis, which requires immediate medical treatment, including an injection of epinephrine and a trip to a hospital emergency room. If not treated properly and timely, anaphylaxis can be fatal.
Symptoms may include: Hives, tightness in the chest and difficulty in breathing, swelling of the tongue or throat, dizziness or sharp drop in blood pressure. Avoid fire ant stings this summer by keeping these tips in mind:
A common summertime contact allergy is to sunscreen products containing titanium (allergy to titanium is not as rare as it used to be).
Symptoms may include: Skin rash, swelling, itching, bumps, blisters. Minimize contact dermatitis this summer:
Pollen counts rise in the summer, which means worse allergy symptoms for most people. The most common pollens during this time of year are grasses, besides mold.
Symptoms may include: Sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy throat. Minimize pollen allergy this summer:
3 to 5% of children have a food allergy. The most common allergy foods include milk, wheat, egg, peanut, tree nuts and shellfish.
Symptoms may include: rash, swelling, diarrhea, vomiting, itchy throat and anaphylaxis. Minimize food allergies this summer:
Poison ivy can be found everywhere in the US except for Alaska and Hawaii. It contains a substance called urushiol that runs through every part of the plant: leaves, stems, roots. If the plant is burned, inhaling or coming in contact with the fumes can cause a severe allergic reaction.
Symptoms may include: Itchy skin, rash, bumps, hives. Minimize poison ivy allergy this summer:
Allergies can negatively affect your daily life, but preventing allergy attacks can be as simple as figuring out the triggers. “By being aware, prepared and proactive, you can be a step ahead of your allergies and enjoy your summer vacation” advises Dr. Sharlene J. Llanes, board-certified allergist of FCAAC.