Allergens do not have boundaries – its difficult to separate a particular season as being the worst for allergies. The allergens extend even after the grass pollen go down by June end. There are several other reasons for allergy and asthma symptoms like outdoor molds. Weeds begin to pollenate in August, however, some weeds can start pollenating by early July as well. This makes it difficult for people that suffer from allergies and asthma to enjoy barbeques, campfires and other outdoor activities.
Pollen not the only allergen in summer? Food – Pollen Allergy Syndrome is a well- known phenomemon. Fresh fruits and vegetables, such as melons, peaches and celery, can cause symptoms anywhere from oral itching to throat itching or hives. Here, the cause is not the food itself, but the similarity of the protein structure of food to certain pollens, which the body recognizes when you eat it. Heating the food at high temperature can denature the protein and not cause these symptoms. Life threatening anaphylaxis reaction is also possible with these foods.
Stinging Insect Allergy is another allergic condition affecting almost 2 million Americans. There is a risk of life-threatening reactions to insect venom. The outdoor activities make the individuals more prone to venom stings. Reaction can range anywhere from local swelling to generalized hives to life threatening anaphylaxis reaction. Venom Immunotherapy, available at an allergist’s office, could be very useful for these patients to be able to enjoy outdoors without being bothered with insect stings.
Forest fires and Smoke can be bothersome to patients with uncontrolled asthma. Smoke from campfires and fireworks is also an irritant that can exacerbate asthma in asthma sufferers.