Summertime Allergies

If you are one of the millions of Americans who experience summertime allergies, you may want to control your seasonal symptoms with this allergy sufferer’s survival guide.

Summer allergies occur when your immune system tries to defend your body against substances that are harmless. Your body responds to that substance by releasing histamines and other chemicals into the bloodstream. These chemicals cause symptoms such as itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, stuffiness or runny nose to occur.

About 50 million Americans suffer from year-round allergies to mold, dust, and pets. However, summer allergies are mostly triggered by trees, pollen, leaves, grasses and ragweed.

Summertime also brings out other environmental factors that can cause allergic reactions for example smog mold and insects that sting such as  bees, wasps, hornets, and fire ants.

There isn’t a cure for allergies, but there are ways you can find relief.  If your symptoms are minor, there are over-the-counter antihistamines or nasal sprays that may help.

The most important thing to remember is that you do not have to suffer unnecessarily.  If over– the-counter treatments aren’t working, then it’s probably a good idea to seek the advice of a doctor.

To schedule an appointment with an allergist at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. please call 718-206-7001

All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.