It’s summertime, and the livin’ is anything but easy if your child suffers from allergies. Though more common in spring, when plants, trees, and grasses release most of their pollen, allergies do prove problematic for some during the summer months. Weather often plays a role. Strong winds can stir up pollen and scatter it hundreds of miles, and mold spores reach their peak with the onset of thunderstorm season in the Black Hills. Biting and stinging insects can cause adverse reactions in some individuals, food allergies may make picnicking a challenge, and sports and other outdoor activities can trigger asthma symptoms. It’s almost enough to make you yearn for winter!
The following tips will help keep allergies in check this summer:
Close windows to keep allergens out. Run the A/C if it’s too hot.
Change clothes after playing outdoors and take a quick shower or bath.
Check pollen counts before venturing outside. Dry, windy days are the worst.
Recognize and avoid foods that cause allergic reactions.
Carry an epi pen to prevent anaphylactic shock and an inhaler if you’re asthmatic.