Ways to Curb Summer Allergy Symptoms

NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) — Two U.S. doctors warn summer fun — activities in the great outdoors — can trigger allergy symptoms.

Allergy sufferers may need to curtail contact with symptom triggers, Dr. David Resnick and Dr. Ronit Herzog, allergy specialists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York, advise.

“This season can be especially trying for children who suffer from allergies, as they struggle to participate in outdoor activities without triggering the sneezing, runny nose, eye irritation, or in some cases, asthma symptoms and hives that can be caused by pollens, molds, food allergies or a typical bee sting,” Herzog says in a statement.

Resnick and Herzog suggest those with pollen allergies cut back on activities between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., when counts are usually highest, and they suggest shower/shampoo after being outside. Those allergic to bee sting need to always carry emergency medication. Also, cover up the body and wear shoes outside.

Herzog and Resnick also advise to:

– Run an air conditioner that can filter out large pollen particles rather than window fans which draw pollen in.

– Use eye drops, nose spray and non-sedating antihistamine to temporarily relieve symptoms. Taking medication an hour before exposure can help decrease symptom severity.

– Remove contact lenses that will make red, swollen or itchy eyes from allergies worse.

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