A hot summer day calls for one thing- a cool dip in a refreshing swimming pool! However, some people are worried about a chlorine allergy. As Dr Bielory stated in a video with the American College of Allergy and Asthma,"Chlorine allergy is an irritant and occurs in patients who have allergic reactions" Although chlorine is not an allergen, it can be irritating, otherwise known as an irritant, causing symptoms similar to an allergic reaction such as eye and nose itching. Sensitivity to chlorine might be due to other underlying allergy problems, including asthma. For some with asthma, chlorine can cause them to experience a flare. Fear not, washing the affected area with clean water can help remove the irritant, although sometimes, corticosteroid cream may need to be applied as well.
Spending long times outdoors means bugs. Truth is, it hurts to get stung by an insect and for people with serious allergies to insect venom, the bite may be lethal. It is important to educate yourself on what to do if someone does have an allergic reaction to a sting. If you experience any reaction such as facial swelling and/or difficulty breathing, call 911 right away.
In the northeast, early summer is the peak pollination time of many types of grass. Check the pollen count to see when it is best to go outside (check for mobile pollen counts by installing the AccuPollen Allergy Tracker iOS or AccuPollen Android application). As previously mentioned in Dr. Bielory's blog How To Reduce Pollen Exposure While Gardening, make sure while enjoying the outdoor festivities, you protect yourself by covering up as much as possible. Don’t forget to change your clothes and shower as soon as your day is over so you don’t carry the allergens through your home. A natural decongestant, such as Sinusol® Breathe Easy, is a great first line of defense to relieve allergy symptoms.
Although one of the highlights of the 4th of July are the fireworks and BBQs, the smoke may cause asthma symptoms to flare. Allergists recommend keeping distance from both fireworks, grills, and campfires. If you are near a fire, sit in the opposite direction in which the wind is blowing, and always make sure you have your reliever inhaler.
Although many people love to be in the sun and heat, sudden changes in temperature can trigger an asthma attac as have been going on this week with record breaking temperatures being reported across the country. Going from the summer heat to a cool air-conditioned room or a cold pool may be a trigger. When exercising in the summer, consider indoor exercise and activities to reduce the risk of an attack, and watch out for “ozone alert” days.
In summary, know your triggers, be proactive, and have a great 4th of July!
Enjoy the use of the cooling effects of Sinusol® Breathe Easy several times a day during the dog days of summer.