If you live in or around Washington, D.C. and you feel like the summer
allergy seasons are getting more intense each year—you’re
not wrong. As the
Washington Post reports, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has been tracking a 20-year
trend of rising pollen counts in the DC area, and expert consensus is
that it will only get worse as the warm seasons continue to get longer
due to climate change, according to the
Common symptoms of summer allergies
Doctors often equate the most frequent allergy symptoms to a cold that
doesn’t go away, although some people experience specific symptoms
more frequently than others. Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes
and itchy throat are all common symptoms of the “hay fever”
brought on by allergies. In addition, allergies can also trigger asthma,
and sometimes even hives.
Most common summer allergens
Pollen is by far the number one culprit when it comes to causing allergies,
especially here in D.C.—although the types of pollen in the air
will differ month to month. Generally speaking, tree and grass pollen
are heaviest in the early part of the allergy season, from spring into
early summer; grass and weeds through the summer; and ragweed for late
summer and fall. High levels of ozone and other pollutants in the warm
summer months can aggravate symptoms further.
Tips for dealing with summer allergies:
Be proactive with your medications. Start taking them before you experience symptoms to minimize the effects
Pinpoint the source of your allergies. An allergist can run tests to find out specific plants that cause you
problems, so you can take steps to avoid them.
Watch the pollen count. Weather forecasts usually include pollen counts; avoid spending lots of
time outdoors on high pollen days, especially when ozone levels are high.
Make sure you’re taking the correct dosages of medicine. Taking too much or too little can aggravate the problem. Double check
your dose with your doctor or pharmacist if you aren’t sure.
For more information on staying safe during allergy season, see our recent post on
Surprising Dangers of Common Seasonal Allergies – and How to Avoid Them.
Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorneys may be able to help you if you experience medical complications due to
incorrect dosages of allergy medicine. Call our office for more information.