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Summer Allergy #1: Stinging Insects
Stinging insects enjoy the warm weather as much as we do. But, when they are disturbed, they’re not great company. If you’re allergic to stinging insects such as bees, wasps, and more – be careful not to disturb their nests. If you’ve been stung, the area affected may swell and itch. However, if you are severely allergic, anaphylactic shock may occur.
Anaphylactic shock is very serious. Anaphylaxis is a hypersensitive reaction to a substance. When your body experiences a severe allergic reaction, it will go into anaphylactic shock. Most often, your body is prone to anaphylactic shock if it has endured the allergen before. It’s important to carry medicine with you called epinephrine if you have severe allergies. Dr. Brauer can accurately diagnose your allergies and arm you with the right medicine to prepare you.
Summer Allergy #2: Dust Mites
Unfortunately, dust mites flourish during the warm, humid summer months (which are typical in Kentucky)! Dust mites are microscopic insects, invisible to the naked eye, that eat flakes of skin that fall off humans and pets. Most often, dust mites are found on bedding. If you are coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, or wheezing, you may have a dust mite problem.
If you think you have a dust mite allergy, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brauer. She will be able to test you to determine if your allergic reaction is being caused by these tiny critters.
Summer Allergy #3: Grass & Weeds
Most people think of pollen only in spring. However, with Kentucky being the Bluegrass state, grass pollen is a huge issue during the summer! Since there are many different types of grass in Kentucky, it’s important to know exactly what type of grass you’re allergic to. An allergy test can do just that! An allergy test is a quick and painless procedure, followed by Dr. Brauer explaining your results.
It’s time to enjoy summer and not let these critters (or weeds) get the best of you! Schedule an appointment today.