What kinds of symptoms do people usually have with Summer allergies?
with summer allergies can have a variety of symptoms. This depends on
which part of the body is affected by those allergies. Folks can have
symptoms limited to eyes and nose and others will have ear problems,
sinus problems or asthma. Other systems involved may include skin or
even generalized (total body) reactions.
What is “Hayfever” and how is that related to Summer allergies?
is a common term that is used to describe Allergic rhinitis. Patients
with this condition will often have runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing
What are the Eye problems associated with Summer allergies?
with ocular allergies often have itchy and watery eyes. Often the eyes
will become red or swollen and some patients’ problems will become
severe enough that the eye will be “swollen shut”.
Should patients with asthma be concerned about allergies in the Summer?
who have allergic asthma may notice that their asthma is worse during
this time. They may notice that asthma control will slip and have
increasing symptoms of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest
What causes these allergies?
patients with Summer allergies have a sensitivity to pollen. Of course
other allergens that are present year-round will also be problematic in
the Summer as well. These include some molds, dust mites and pets.
What are some of the pollens of summertime?
our area of the country, Grasses pollinate in late spring and in to
early summer. Trees have been pollinating since early spring but their
pollens will sometimes remain present into early summer.
Which grasses pollens do we have around here?
are divided in to major groups. The Southern pasture grasses such as
Bermuda grow well in our area. Because of the location of the Panhandle
of Florida, we also have exposure to the Northern Pasture grasses such
as Timothy grass. Florida also has some unique grasses such as Bahia and
How can these allergies be treated?
of the indoor allergens is more manageable. For the pollen allergies,
it is important to identify your allergies and prepare for the season in
which those specific pollens will be in the air. Also, be aware that
pollen can travel over a hundred miles, so removing the plants in you
yard will not be very effective. There are many medications that are
available for treatment as well as Immunotherapy (allergy shots). There
is some emerging treatment specifically for grass pollen allergies that
will be tablets that can be dissolved under the tongue. These are not
yet available in the United States but may become so soon. Talk to your
Allergist about what type of treatment is right for you.