Common Summer Allergies and How to Relieve Them
Ah, summertime, with its hot temperatures, days of sunshine, and wide array of fun outdoor activities, it is one of the most beautiful and active times of the year. But when our allergies flare up, we don’t feel our best and risk missing out on enjoying nature and many of the therapeutic benefits summer and vacations have to offer.
But luckily, all isn’t lost. With the following tips and natural remedies, you can discover help to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms and get back to your outdoor projects.
First, let’s look at some of the most common summer allergies and how to relieve them with holistic solutions and homeopathy.
What Are Common Signs of Summer Allergies?
Summer allergies vary from person to person, but some signs are more common than others. You may have an allergic reaction that affects your eyes with itching, tears, or dark circles under the eyes (known as allergy shiners). Or you could have a scratchy throat or a feeling of a heavy, fuzzy head.
A runny or stuffy nose is one of the most common summer allergies and a telltale sign that an irritant has invaded your body. Other common signs may include issues with sleeping, easy exhaustion, and irritability.
Allergic reactions depend on the person and how your body reacts to specific summer allergens like pollen and mold spores. Keep an eye out for these summer allergy symptoms and their triggers to understand how your body responds and to learn how to avert and relieve them.
Summer Allergy Guide
What causes summer allergies? Allergens change based on the month and forecast, and as the summer progresses your symptoms may come and go. In June, when the grass and weeds are in full growth, you may notice an increase in your allergies. The climate you’re in and the local weather can also make the intensity of your allergies fluctuate.
A hot, dry month of July can mean a short reprieve for allergy sufferers. Then mold spores tend to be on the rise from end of July into the early fall with higher humidity levels and decomposing plants and leaves. If you are allergic to mold, you’ll find that the symptoms are the same as those of other allergens.
If you suspect your allergies to be a reaction to mold, it is important that you eliminate the mold exposure. Use a dehumidifier, change your AC filters regularly, vent bathrooms, and remove leaves from gutters and around your house. You should also see a doctor if your summer allergy symptoms persist and lead to shortness of breath or wheezing.
From late August into September and even beyond, those who suffer from ragweed allergies will notice a shift in the quality of air. As ragweed produces a lot of pollen, you’ll feel your allergies most on windy days and when the warm days fade into cool late-summer nights.
While the above summer allergies affect many of us, hay fever alone has 81 million Americans reaching for tissues each summer, there is one more allergen that may cause you to stay indoors. Insect bites.
Did You Know Insect Bites Can Also Cause Allergic Reactions?
Between bees, wasps, horse flies, mosquitoes, and other insects that populate the outdoors during the summer, it’s not uncommon to have an allergic reaction from a bug bite.
Allergic reactions range from mild irritation, a scratchy throat, and inflammation around the bite to more severe symptoms such as intense itching and swelling.
You can expect more insect bites in midsummer or after a day of rain. Avoid wet areas near dense trails (think ponds or marshes) as they are an optimal area for breeding. If you have rain barrels near your home, make sure they have a lid to keep out mosquitoes from laying their eggs.
Tips for Easing Summer Allergies Without Medication
While hypersensitivities can have a big impact on the quality of summer life, there are many ways to ease your allergies without medication. Preparation and healthy habits can make all the difference.
Make sure you practice healthy eating by consuming foods that can reduce inflammation to prevent uncomfortable allergy signs. Opt for fruits, vegetables, and legumes daily to reduce the chance of inflammation and swelling.
Avoid alcohol and fried foods that can exacerbate irritated mucous membranes and lead to more mucus in the lungs, throat, and nasal passages.
Since summer is a time for being active, begin or continue a steady workout regimen to get or stay strong. The exercise will increase oxygen levels and benefit your lungs, which will make breathing easier when your allergies arise.
If you find that the pollen in the air is overwhelming, keep your windows closed at night to help ensure your body gets the sleep it needs. You may also want to vacuum more often and wash bedding frequently to keep dust and pollen inside your home to a minimum. Make sure to use a HEPA vacuum.
Also, it helps to consume honey, apple cider vinegar, and Elderberry Syrup. By consuming local honey, you can help desensitize the body to pollen and reduce allergy symptoms. If you don’t mind the taste, try mixing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with water to calm inflammation and mucus, and support immune system health.
Make sure to check out our recipe for Elderberry Syrup, an easy (and delicious) way to give your immunity a boost.
Products We Recommend from Our Homeopathy Store
Using the products we sell here at the Homeopathy Store is an effective and excellent way to relieve allergy symptoms. Our nonmedical allergy relief spray, Allergy Escape, contains homeopathic ingredients helping your body fight against hypersensitivities to pollen, dust, mold, pet dander, smog, and more year-round wherever you are or travel to.
Allergy Escape comes in a combo package with our Elderberry Liquid Extract, a formula of organic black elderberries packed with antioxidants, flavonoids, and vitamins to strengthen your immune system.
If you love the immune boost you get from making elderberry syrup, but need a quicker alternative for travel or because summer fun has kept you busy, you may prefer to try our Elderberry Liquid Extract.
Natrum Muriaticum, Cell Salt # 9, is the key cell salt supporting the body during allergy season. It facilitates equal water distribution in the body, moisturizes your sinuses, and helps you stay hydrated.
Lastly, look to our liquid vitamins for a natural health boost. Our Liquid Vitamins Bundle with vitamins D3, C, and B works to improve your immune health, energy levels, and gut microbiota and helps keep your body in optimal shape to fight off allergens and their symptoms.
Liquid Vitamins Bundle
Summer is a time for having fun, but it’s also a time for seasonal and environmental allergies to flare up and make it challenging to fully enjoy the outdoors. Don’t let allergies ruin your plans.
Taking homeopathic remedies, using and making your own herbal supplements, and living a healthy lifestyle are great solutions to relieve common summer allergies and will get you back to enjoying the warm air and bonding with nature.
The product descriptions in this article are grounded in traditional homeopathic and natural wellness practices. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.