Summer is better than spring, but still has its own allergy triggers
As summer draws closer in many parts of the country, Americans are already anticipating removing their pool covers, setting up backyard fire pits and taking time off from work as they enjoy the warm winds of the most anticipated months of the year.
Many are also eager to leave spring allergy season behind, as it can wreak havoc on an individual's health and a person unable to function properly. Summer is not without its faults either, though, as there are still plenty of opportunities for allergy sufferers to have trouble.
"Although symptoms may not always be severe, summertime allergies and asthma are serious and, in some cases, deadly," Dr. James Sublett, chairman of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said in a statement to the press.
One of the most common irritants present during the summer months is smoke from fires. Most people appreciate an opportunity to roast marshmallows over a campfire, but sitting downwind from even a small blaze can cause an individual significant breathing trouble.
Another common health problem related to summer weather is a sudden drop in temperatures. Weather can change dramatically during the summer, as cold fronts collide with an existing pool of warm air, usually causing severe thunderstorms. The human body is very sensitive to environmental conditions, so an unexpected plunge in barometric pressure can upset its delicate balance, according to WebMD.
In general, the best practice for avoiding allergy symptoms is to carefully monitor the local outdoor air quality index. On days that are particularly hazy, breathing can be difficult, so those who are especially sensitive may choose to remain indoors. Once inside, they should try to keep their indoor environment clean by running a HEPA air purifier and keeping windows closed, if possible.
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