The climates in both San Antonio and Houston, Texas are different from what you might expect in other parts of the country. We are far enough south with a hot enough climate for both summer allergies and year-round allergies to play a role in our general health and well-being. However, forewarned is still forearmed.
Why Are Allergens a Big Deal?
Many people think summer allergies are just some inconvenient sneezing and sniffling. While these are both common summer allergy symptoms, they are not the only ones most people experience. In addition, allergy symptoms can include sinus congestion, post nasal drip, eye irritation and more. When these symptoms become severe, they can also bring complications. Allergies, in fact, are among the top sinus infection causes. If you find you suffer multiple sinus infections every summer in Texas, allergies may be to blame.
What Are Some Common Texas Summer Allergens?
In Texas, there are allergens year-round. However, some people may have worse symptoms in the summer because that is when their personal triggers come into play. Some common allergens in Texas in the summer include:
Mold: Rainy weather means damp conditions. Mold spores are constantly part of the environment in Texas. However, they get a chance to grow in the damp and warm conditions of a Texas summer. Plus, high temperatures mean spending more time indoors. When you are locked in with mold, you are more likely to get exposed.
Grasses: Blue grass, bermuda, timothy grass and others come into bloom this time of year. Mow often if these are present in your yard. Keeping them short can keep them from flowering.
Weeds: Pigweed, ragweed, sagebrush and others are all blooming in the summer in Texas.
Ozone: While this is not a specific cause of summer allergies, this pollutant can make allergies worse. The combination of high heat, sunlight and hydrocarbons in the air all increase ozone levels.
Handling Texas Summer Allergies
In most cases, avoiding allergens is the first line of defense against allergy attacks. Look at pollen levels each day; when they are high, try to stay indoors during midday, which is the worst part of the day for allergens.
You can also take an active approach to limiting your reactions to allergens that are present. Steroids and antihistamines can help alleviate allergy attacks, or even prevent them. You can also take a more long term approach by seeking out allergy testing, allergy shots or sublingual allergy drops. By determining your triggers and inoculating yourself against them, you can significantly reduce your allergy symptoms. Most people who take allergy shots or drops report a reduction in symptoms within the first year. Many experience full recovery within three to five years. Consistent treatment over time is key. Treatments like balloon sinuplasty can also be helpful when sinus issues play a part in allergy symptoms.
Texas summer have you sneezing? We can help. Contact us today. We’ll identify the cause of your symptoms and get you back to full health.