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Common Summer Allergies in the Washington, D.C. Area

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 8-Jun-2017

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 Washington Times.

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 of allergies.
  • 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.

Our 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.

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