3 Things That Can Make Summer Allergies Worse

It's hard to enjoy the warm weather when allergies keep you inside. Here's why you might be sneezing more this time of year. 

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1. Thunderstorms

Calm before the storm? Not always! Blustery winds that come prior to a downpour push pollen and mold into the air, which can cause asthma and allergies to worsen; the rainfall can wash allergens away. Watch the forecast for storms, and go to a centrally air-conditioned space once you know one is approaching.

2. Pools

The chemicals in chlorine can trigger asthma symptoms (and irritated eyes or nose), but it’s uncommon in kids who only have seasonal allergies. If this is a problem for your child, have her take an antihistamine, use an over-the-counter nose spray, or take her asthma meds before entering the pool. She’ll be ready to swim in no time.

3. Patio Furniture

Padded chairs on a patio or screened-in porch are prone to collecting pollen and growing mold in hot, humid weather. When your child sits down, the allergens puff up. Achoo! Wipe down your furniture with a damp towel—you don’t need special cleaning agents, but you can add a small amount of bleach to the water to get rid of potential mold spores.