Southern Florida can often be summed up in four words: hot, humid, windy, and rainy. A fifth word might be allergies, since year-round, Floridians are often sneezing, coughing, and generally dealing with unpleasant and often disrupting allergy symptoms. Let’s take a look at some allergies and the related symptoms most common to South Florida. We’ll also offer guidance on how to treat them effectively and quickly, no matter the season.
Common Allergens and Their Symptoms
Plants in full bloom, wildlife at peak activity, and intense wet and windy weather make South Florida a breeding ground for an atmosphere of allergens, difficult for even those not so susceptible to their effects. It’s hard to avoid spending time outdoors during most of the year in South Florida and increased exposure means an increased risk of allergy-related issues and attacks. Common symptoms brought on by exposure to pollen include:
- Irritation of and discoloration around the eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Scratchy throat
- Sinus pressure
If you know you’re especially allergy-prone and like to spend time outside, it’s recommended to shield your eyes and mouth as much as possible, preferably with a wide-brimmed hat and large glasses. If the allergy is extreme, antihistamines and decongestants are often suggested. The best way to prevent pollen allergies is to start by visiting one of our expert physicians, each of whom can personalize a plan for long term treatment and relief.
Bites and Stings
People aren’t the only ones that enjoy the lush and evergreen locale that is South Florida. Insects and bugs love the outdoors, too. Mosquitos, spiders, bees, ants, and caterpillars are all bugs that, depending on the kind, can produce intense allergic reactions. Most often, common allergies to bugs include pain, redness, itching, and stinging. In rarer instances, insect bites can trigger life-threatening allergic reactions. Wearing protective clothing such as long-sleeve shirts, long sock, pants, and boots, and using bug repellant, are good ways to help prevent.
Wearing sunscreen outdoors is an effective method of evading harmful UV rays. However, some people are allergic to ingredients in popular sunscreens, and experience blistering, itching, swelling, and general irritation. Be sure to avoid those that contain parabens (chemicals used as preservatives).
South Florida is a fertile incubator for mold growth throughout the year. Depending on the kind, it can grow on food, in cars, or in houses and other structures, and is an extremely common allergy for many individuals. Sneezing, coughing, dry skin, watery eyes, itchy throat, sinus pressure, and nasal drip are all symptoms of mold allergies. Mold is also known to trigger asthma in those who are predisposed to it. Wearing masks while doing yard work is recommended to minimize outdoor mold exposure. For indoors, it is recommended to purchase a de-humidifier and fix leaks as soon as they happen.
Choose South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center for Your Allergy Relief
Don’t let allergy symptoms prevent you from enjoying your favorite outdoor activities. Look no further for allergy relief than South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center. Complete our online contact form, or call 954-983-1211 to request an appointment today.