Today’s post is part 2 in a 2-part series on summertime allergens. You can read part 1 in the series here.
Well, we finally made it to August! Yes, we are right in the thick of the lazy days of summer and we are still talking about summertime allergies. Did you think that because it was summer that we no longer had to think about allergies? Wrong! Every season can bring its own problems for people with allergies.
Last week we covered 3 summer allergens: bug stings, ticks, and mold. This week we’ll give you three more!
Check your sunscreen
Is it the sun that is causing you to break out into hives, or is it your sunscreen? Most sunscreens contain chemicals that can cause dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin. If you can, opt for natural sunscreens that don’t use chemicals like benzophenone, octocrylene, and PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) — all of which are known to trigger dermatitis. You can find several brands at your local natural foods store or ask your allergist for a recommendation.
Do you have food allergies
Are you part of the 4% of Americans who has a food allergy? If yes, then summertime barbecues can be a real drag. Food allergens can be cleverly hidden in salads, sauces, and condiments. What’s even worse is that cross-contamination is difficult to control. Serving spoons and other utensils are quickly passed around from one dish to another. There is no way to ensure that the food you may be able to eat has not been mixed with other dishes.
If you know you have moderate to severe food allergies, it is best to bring your own food. To be more comfortable in social situations, you can bring enough to share with others. However, always be certain that your serving is separate from the rest of the food.
Are you bothered by smoke?
Twenty-six million Americans suffer with asthma, a condition that can be further aggravated by smoke from barbecue pits and bonfires. If you can’t remove yourself from a smoky area, be sure to place yourself upwind from the smoke so that you don’t breathe too much of it in. Retreat to clearer air if you feel your throat and chest tightening or contact emergency medical personnel.
About RAMC: Located in Redondo Beach, CA. Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) provides a medical facility for a wide range of allergy and asthma related conditions, from nasal allergies and hay fever to skin allergy conditions and scalp eczema. If you or your children are in search of seasonal allergy relief, skin allergy treatment, sinus problems or headaches, or have shown signs of an ibuprofen allergy, you are encouraged to contact the team at RAMC. The office also may be contacted by phone at 310-792-9050. Visit the site at http://RivieraAllergy.com
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