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Do You Have Summer Allergies?

Allergies are one of the most common chronic illnesses in the United States. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year – some repeat cases, some entirely new, all of them extremely annoying to the person suffering from allergies. As summer approaches, you may think allergy season is over, but symptoms can continue through the fall.

Summer allergies can be caused by non-plant sources including:
Mold
Insect stings (bees, hornets, yellowjackets)
Fresh produce (including raw fruits and vegetables)
Certain tree nuts (pine nuts, in particular)
Dust mites

For these allergy irritants, you can adjust your lifestyle to lessen the severity of summer allergy symptoms. Removing mold from damp, wet areas can help. Avoiding certain fruits and vegetables is also a smart idea. Ask your doctor which ones you’re allergic to. Before you head outside, be sure to apply a all-natural insect repellent to avoid bites.

The pollen and chemical compounds of certain weeds, grasses and flowers also contribute to summer allergy symptoms. The worst allergy offenders include:
Orchard
Bermuda grass
Ragweed
Pigweed
Russian thistle
Tumbleweed
Sagebrush

Typically, allergy symptoms surface suddenly, with little warning. Plus, allergy duration may last for up to 2 weeks. Common symptoms include:
Trouble breathing
Sneezing
Rash / itchy skin
Fatigue
Watery eyes
And many more

If you may have allergies, visit us for a diagnosis and any necessary prescription medication.

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