Seasonal Allergies Increase as Summer Ends

One of the factors causing allergies is the hot weather

By Gitzel Puente
|  Monday, Sep 17, 2012  |  Updated 5:40 PM PDT
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Seasonal Allergies Increase as Summer Ends

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If you have allergies right now, you aren't the only one.

Dr. Michelle Abbo from Scripps Health La Jolla says she's seeing more patients with seasonal allergies than before.

"Certain allergies are present throughout the year, but some allergies are more prevalent in spring and fall and during the time when the leaves are changing," says Abbo.

One of the factors is the above average temperatures --it's the third hottest summer on record in the U.S., according to the National Climate Data Center.

The warm weather has caused blooming plants this season to carry a lot of pollen in the air. Dr. Abbo said this triggers allergic reactions such as a runny nose, itchy red eyes, sneezing and in some cases rashes and hives.

"An allergy is the way our body reacts to what is normally a harmless substance in the environment, but our body thinks it's harmful," said Abbo.

So what can you do as summer ends to prepare for fall season?

"It's best to avoid allergens. Try and stay indoors having an air filter," said Abbo, "They could take an anti-histamine preventatively."

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