summer fieldJune 21 was the official first day of summer! Summer differs from spring because the air is hotter, the sun is brighter and plant life tends to be dryer. However just because spring is changing into summer, it doesn’t mean that allergies go away. Like spring, the biggest cause of summer allergies is pollen. The higher the pollen count is in the summer, the worse allergy symptoms tend to be. Summer allergy triggers usually come from weeds and grasses, while spring allergens come more from trees. One of the most common summer allergy offenders is ragweed, which usually is most prominent in the late summer. It’s important to protect yourself from allergens in the summer just as you protected yourself in the springtime. Here are some tips for protecting yourself from summer allergens: Limit Your Fun in the Sun The more time you spend outdoors the more likely you are to be exposed to summer allergens. If you can, avoid going outside on dry, warm windy days as these are the times when summer pollen is the highest. You can also check online daily for pollen counts in your area. Even if you do enjoy spending time outside, try to limit your outdoor activity when you can. For example, try working out indoors or avoid going outside in the mid-morning and early evening when pollen counts are at their highest. Cool Your House With Air Conditioning It may be tempting to open the windows and just let a fan blow to cool your house throughout the summer months, but this will only create an easy way for allergens to enter your home. If you haven’t already, you may want to consider making a switch to air conditioning. In addition to keeping your house cool while the windows and doors are shut, an air conditioner will help filter pollen and other allergens from the air in your home. Protect Your Bed Summer allergens that come into your home can easily cling to the fabric of your mattress, pillows and other bedding. Because of this, it is especially important that you protect where you sleep, as this is the place you are most vulnerable to allergens. Protect your bed by using allergy bedding such as a mattress encasement, allergy protection comforters and pillow protectors. These items will form a protective shell around your mattress and pillows to keep pollen and other allergens from settling into your bedding. Shower At Night Even if you shower in the morning, consider getting a second shower before you go to bed, especially if you’ve spent anytime outside. A night time shower will help wash away any lingering allergens from your skin and hair. If you’re suffering from allergy symptoms, a hot shower can also help loosen any congestion you may be feeling in your nose and sinuses. Summer is time for relaxation and fun in the sun, not suffering from allergie. Be sure you’re preventing symptoms before they even start so you can make the most of your summer.