Experiencing a summer cold? Feeling and looking like you’ve gone through the wringer? Chances are that you suffer from summer allergies instead. Learn the signs of summer allergies, so you can get the proper treatment to improve both your breathing troubles and drab appearance.
What causes summer allergies?
You may have never experienced allergies before, but one of the unique features about this condition is that it can start at any age of a person’s life during any time of the year. Most people think allergy season is relegated to the spring season, but this myth is inaccurate. Common allergy triggers in the summer include mold and pollen, but fresh fruits and veggies can also cause allergies to flare up. An allergic reaction to fresh produce in the summer is not often a food intolerance; it is most likely food pollen syndrome. You’ll need to see a board-certified allergist to confirm a diagnosis.
What are the symptoms and signs of summer allergies?
You may think you have a summer cold, but Dr. Michael Foggs, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) encourages you to examine your overall appearance and seek professional help. He tells News Wise, “Symptoms aren’t always limited to the hallmark sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. Black eyes, lines across the nose, and other cosmetic symptoms can occur.”
Check for these changes in appearance if you are experiencing what you think is a summer cold:
- Dark circles under eyes (called an allergic shiner)
- Droopy appearance (called an adenoidal face)
- Lines across the bridge of your nose (called a nasal increase)
If you notice one or more of these physical signs on your face, your summer cold is likely summer allergies instead.
When should you seek treatment for summer allergies?
Adhere to the two-week rule before seeking treatment. Dr. Foggs’ says, “If your symptoms are persistent and last for more than two weeks you should see your allergist for proper testing, diagnosis and treatment. Finding and treating the source of your suffering can also clear up other unwanted symptoms.” Seeking professional support saves you time and money spent on over-the-counter remedies that may not work. Common prescriptions include nasal sprays like Flonase and Nasacort and oral medications like Clarinex.
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