The Most Common Summer Allergens

If you’re an allergy sufferer, you know that spending time outside can be “kind of a drag.”  Instead of breathing in the fresh outdoor air, you’re tiring yourself out from all the coughing and sneezing. Instead of cheering on your son’s or daughter’s youth league team, you’re rubbing those itchy, watery eyes.

And while most allergies peak during spring and fall, the summer months have their own set of challenges. Here are some of the most common summertime allergy triggers that can make the season less than enjoyable, both indoors and out.

Grass and Weed Pollen

Though trees finish pollinating by late spring, summer grass and weed pollen can trigger red, itchy eyes, sneezing, and scratchy throats. They also can exacerbate allergy induced asthma symptoms. 

Air Pollution

Though not an allergen per se, the warmer temps and calmer winds can make air pollution worse in the summer months, increasing allergy symptoms. 

Insects

Insect bites and bee stings are annoying, to say the least. But if you happen to be allergic to them, they can be life threatening. With increased time spent outdoors in the summer, protecting yourself from mosquitos, yellow jackets, bees, and many other flying foes is paramount.

Mold

Mold spores thrive in damp, warm places. And the warmer weather and increased humidity during summer make for an ideal environment. Mold can grow on various plants, and can be found in damp, poorly ventilated areas of your home.

Dust Mites

Just like mold, dust mites love warmth and humidity and can be found in mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture and carpeting. Though it’s impossible to eradicate dust mites entirely, regular vacuuming and dusting can lower their count in your home. 

One sure way to turn your home into a safer haven is with a whole-house air filtration system, one that can trap and kill more than 99% of dirt, dust, and other pollutants attempting to pass through your ducts while your AC system fan is on.  Contact Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air today for a free quote and other indoor air quality solutions.

The Most Common Summer Allergens
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