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Summer Allergic Reactions

Many people think of spring as the time for allergies, but there are actually a number of irritants that can cause seasonal allergies or allergic reactions in the summer.

Some of the most common causes of seasonal allergies or allergic reactions are:

·         Summer pollen from grass or ragweed

·         Bugs that are more active like bees, wasps and yellow jackets

·         Mold, which can breed in hot weather

·         Sunscreen and poison ivy causing skin irritation

·         Seasonal fruit like melon, apples, peaches and prunes

Here are some tips to treat seasonal summer allergies to grass pollen:

·         See your doctor

·         Take allergy medications as recommended by doctor

·         Avoid using a fan

·         Keep windows closed when possible

·         Wash hair when you get home to remove excess pollen

Avoid bug stings that could cause an allergic reaction with these tips:

·         Keep food covered outdoors

·         Do not walk barefoot outside

·         Do not drink from beverage cans that have been left open

·         Avoid wearing anything that smells sweet

Another less common but pesky irritant that you might experience at the beach are jelly fish stings.

If you are stung by a jelly fish:

·         Remove the stingers and rinse the skin – do not rinse with fresh water or rub the area with the towel

·         Rinse with vinegar for about 30 seconds or apply baking soda and sweater.

·         Take a hot shower or apply ice packs to ease pain

·         Take a pain reliever and apply calamine lotion to relieve discomfort

As always, if you notice signs of a life-threatening allergic reaction such as trouble breathing, itching or swelling of the mouth, vomiting or passing out – call 911 immediately.

 

Need medical care fast? Adventist HealthCare has you covered with three Emergency Departments and three Urgent Care Centers in Montgomery and Prince George’s County.

 

Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose

 

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