9 Simple Solutions for Summertime Allergies

Doctor William C Lloyd Healthgrades Medical Reviewer
Medically Reviewed By William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Written By Jennifer Larson on July 24, 2021
  • girl-at-music-festival-with-friends
    Take steps to reduce your allergy symptoms.
    Ah, summer. It’s a glorious time, unless you’re plagued by a summer allergy of some sort. And there are plenty to choose from. Pick your itchy poison: mold, pollen, insects, poison ivy and so on.  It’s high season for grass allergies, too, since grasses pollinate in late spring and summer, making the warmer months a trial for people with allergies to Bermuda, rye and many other kinds of grasses. It’s worth taking a few steps to reduce your chances of sneezing or scratching your way through the summer.
  • shower-head
    Take a shower.
    Don’t hit the hay at night without washing off any allergens that may have landed on your skin during the day. Wash your hair while you’re in the shower so you don’t accidentally transfer allergens to your sheets and pillowcase.
  • air conditioner unit
    Turn on the AC.
    It may be more energy efficient to open the windows, but you could just be aggravating your allergies. Think of all the stuff that can drift in through an open window and remain in your house to drive you crazy. This goes for your car, too—close the sunroof and windows and crank up the air-conditioning instead. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America suggests using the “recirculate” mode.
  • woman-using-neti-pot
    Wash it out.
    Flushing your nasal cavities with a mild saline solution can wash away some of that annoying mucus—and maybe even some of the pollen. Nasal saline is very inexpensive and very effective.
  • Antihistamines
    Try an antihistamine.
    If you’re dogged by rhinitis during the dog days of summer, try taking an antihistamine to help your symptoms. Many are available over the counter, but read the labels first. Some will make you feel very drowsy, which might be fine at night but not if you’re facing a full day ahead of you.
  • Businesswoman using technologies at desk in home office
    Embrace the great indoors.
    It might look like a gorgeous day, but sometimes you might just want to stay inside. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, pollen loves to catch the breeze on a warm, dry day. Certain types of mold spores also hit their peak levels on dry breezy days. Check out the local weather reports and find out the pollen forecasts for your area at Pollen.com or through the National Allergy Bureau.
  • hand-holding-nasal-spray
    Use nasal decongestant sprays sparingly.
    The first initial “ahhh” of relief that accompanies the use of a nasal decongestant spray can be very compelling. But experts warn that you shouldn’t use these sprays for more than three days. It can actually worsen nasal congestion if you continue to use them beyond the recommended three days.
  • air filter
    Change air filters.
    Especially if you’re using central air-conditioning more frequently during the summer, you may want to check on the status of your air filters to see if they need changing.
  • Misty Sunrise Over Golden Wheat Field in Central Kansas
    Avoid going outside at dawn or dusk.
    Mosquitoes aren’t picky about the time of day—they’ll bite you any time that the opportunity presents itself. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, peak biting activity tends to occur at dawn and dusk. Using insect repellant can help keep the mosquitoes away, too.
  • Applying Bug Spray
    Cover up when you’re outside.
    The mosquitoes will have a harder time getting to you if your legs and arms are covered. But while this advice applies to folks who develop strong reactions to insect bites, it also applies to people who are allergic to poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Don’t touch the leaves or stems of those plants because the oil can cause a terrible allergic reaction that can last for days. A good rule of thumb to remember: leaves of three, let them be.
9 Simple Solutions for Summertime Allergies

About The Author

Jennifer Larson has more than 15 years of professional writing experience with a specialization in healthcare. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and memberships in the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Education Writers Association.
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