Summer Allergies in Florida

Summer is fast approaching, and that means summer allergies are on the way for many Floridians. Here in the Sunshine State, allergies can derail summer plans for many people, making it difficult to fully enjoy one of the most beautiful seasons in the year.

By understanding the most common sources of summer allergies, you can more effectively get the allergy care that you need. Dr. Kratz at Kratz Allergy & Asthma can perform allergy testing, and personalized treatment plans to help you achieve relief from your allergies.

The main allergy triggers in Florida during the summer include:

Insect Stings

Stings from wasps, bees, hornets, yellow jackets, and fire ants are the most common insect stings experienced in Florida. During the summer, when you’re spending more time outside gardening, at the pool, and barbecuing, be aware of the risk of insect stings. 

While virtually everyone is allergic to insect stings, some people experience severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions to insect bites. These individuals may need to carry an EpiPen for emergency treatment and talk to their allergists about staying safe during the summer. 

Pollen

Since plants are in full bloom during the summer, pollen allergies are prevalent during the summer here in Florida. Allergic reactions to pollen can be disruptive to your daily routine, causing frequent sneezing, running nose, congestion, itchy eyes, and other common allergy symptoms. 

A pollen allergy shouldn’t keep you from heading outside this summer. Talk to your allergist about treatment options and minimize pollen exposure by:

  • Wearing sunglasses and a brimmed hat while you’re outside to keep pollen from getting on your face. 
  • Stay inside during high winds. 
  • Shower and change clothes promptly after spending time outside.

Mold

Very humid weather is common here in Florida, especially during the summer. The excess moisture in the air creates an ideal environment for mold growth. Mold can cause both allergies and asthma, so it’s important to keep your home free of mold by cleaning frequently and ensuring that it’s properly ventilated. 

To get ahead of summer allergies, schedule an appointment at Kratz Allergy & Asthma today.