You can fight your summer allergy symptoms

While people tend to think of spring and fall as the seasons when allergy sufferers suffer the worst, summer can also cause plenty of problems. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, pollen and mold are common allergy culprits during the summer months. In addition, allergens found in certain summer fruits and vegetables – such as peaches, watermelon, and tomatoes – can cross- react with the allergens found in pollen, leading to itchy or swollen mouth, tongue, and throat. Certain over-the- counter and prescription medicines may help reduce symptoms. Preventative measures can also help, including: limiting outdoor activities when pollen counts are high (typically in the morning hours, and when the weather is warm and windy ); keeping windows closed and using central air conditioning with a HEPA filter attachment; and washing bedding in hot, soapy water once a week.