5 Ways to Protect Against Summer Allergies

Summer brings with it the urge to go out and explore the world after enduring long months of chilly weather. Unfortunately, allergies still flare up throughout the summer for some individuals. It’s wise to take certain precautions to keep yourself healthy through the warm season.

1. Keep the Pollen Out

Simply keeping your doors and windows shut can go a long way to reducing the number of allergens that find their way into your house. Regularly changing the air filters on your air conditioning unit will also help keep pollen and other allergens at bay. You can get rid of the allergens that make their way into your house by vacuuming your carpets frequently and thoroughly. 

As you go out and enjoy the beautiful weather, you may return carrying some of those troublesome allergens. So whenever you return from an outing, take a shower and wash the clothes you were wearing. You should also change and wash your beddings at least twice a week.

2. Support Your Immune System

Bolstering your immune system is another way you can ensure your summer fun is not cut short by meddlesome allergies. Your immune system is your body’s first major defense against allergens, as well as the thousands of germs that it encounters daily. It detects when harmful pathogens get into your body and fights them. When you do succumb to an allergy, a robust immune system will help you recover faster. 

But there are numerous benefits to having a solid immune system besides keeping the doctor away as you revel in summer’s festivities. You will have less of that unexplained lethargy that makes you want to laze around indoors. After a long day of fun, a sound immune system will help you get the restful sleep you need. Believe it or not, your immune system's strength has a bearing on your mood—the stronger it is, the higher your spirits.

One of the best ways to support your immune system is by taking supplements, especially Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and zinc supplements. If you’re averse to swallowing capsules or taking soluble vitamins, you can take your immune-boosting supplements in the form of immune gummies

3. Wear Protective Sunglasses

A chic pair of sunglasses will not only complement your summer look but will also help keep you in good health through the season. The importance of shades in shielding eyes from harmful UV rays is well documented. But not all sunglasses are equal in this regard. When shopping for your pair, make sure you narrow your search to those explicitly stated to have 99-100 percent UVA and UVB protection.   

Shades not only keep ultraviolet rays from reaching your eyes, but they also prevent them from touching the skin around your eyes. Some cases of skin cancer are caused by exposure of the eyelids and other areas around the eye to UV rays. Your sunglasses will also keep allergens from blowing into your eyes.

4. Be Aware of Pollen Count

Measured in grams of pollen per cubic meter, the pollen count denotes the total number of different kinds of pollen in the air within a given area at a particular time. You can get the pollen count for your state, county or city by logging onto Pollen.com. Having this information will help allergy sufferers to avoid triggering the uncomfortable symptoms of their condition. 

If the pollen count is 9.7 to 12.0 grams per cubic meter in your locality, you’re better off staying indoors. If the weather forecast predicts a dry, windy, or sunny day, you should abandon all plans involving outdoor activity. These conditions are ideal for pollen spread, especially in places with a lot of vegetation. If you have to venture out on such days, wear a surgical mask.

5. Seek Professional Help

If you’re an allergy sufferer and the symptoms are making your life impossible, make it a priority to visit your nearest health center. An allergist can help you diagnose the exact allergy you suffer from and recommend a practical course of treatment. Among the types of allergies, an allergist can diagnose asthma, Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever), and anaphylaxis. 

A Step Ahead

Don't let the discomfort of uncontrolled sneezing or troublesome breathing keep you from enjoying summer to the fullest. Stay a step ahead of the allergens by using these simple steps. Begin by seeing an allergist to determine what you're allergic to so you can take the appropriate steps to control the symptoms.


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