Spring may be past, but summer allergy season is here! If you are sneezing and sniffling, and can’t seem to find any sort of relief, Alabama Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Tuscaloosa can help! Read on to learn more about summer allergies, and how you can find relief.
Summer Allergy Triggers
Because trees are usually done pollinating by late spring, summer allergies are often caused by grasses and weeds. Weeds that often cause allergies include ragweed, cockle weed, pigweed, Russian thistle, sagebrush, and tumbleweed. There are also grasses that can cause the sniffles, including Bermuda, blue grasses, orchard, red top, sweet vernal, and Timothy.
Summer also brings about worsening of air pollution, which can make allergy symptoms worse. Ozone pollution can be caused when sunlight and chemicals from car exhaust mix. This can become especially strong in the summer months.
Mold & Mites
Warm, damp areas like the basement and bathrooms can house mold, which can spread their spores through the air. Dust mites also peak during the summer months, since they thrive in humid temperatures. These mites nest in carpets, fabrics, and beds, and give off a residue which can cause allergy symptoms.
There are many at-home treatments that individuals can try to control summer allergy symptoms. These include over-the-counter medications such as decongestants, antihistamines, nasal sprays, eye drops, and nasal irrigation kits. It over-the-counter methods do not help with your symptoms, your ENT doctor may prescribe corticosteroid nasal sprays, Ipratropium bromide nasal sprays, or immunotherapy.
A consultation with one of our ENT specialists can help you find relief, fast! If you are suffering from summer allergies, take charge and contact Alabama ENT specialists today!