To avoid putting a damper on activities with wheezing and sneezing, keep the following tips in mind

How to Reduce Summer Allergy Symptoms, Pt. 2

Although the weather is nice outside, summer can trigger certain allergies. To avoid putting a damper on activities with wheezing and sneezing, keep the following tips in mind whether indoors or outdoors this summer season.

1. Make the switch to nylon shower curtain liners. It’s important for those with allergies to shower often in order to remove pollen and pet dander that is lingering on the body. Vinyl curtain liners attract mold and mildew, thanks to the chemicals combining with heat and humidity; therefore, nylon is the best choice.

2. Inspect your home for mold. Mold can trigger allergies and asthma, and can easily collect within your home. Inspect your dishwasher and fridge pan, as well as your HVAC unit, and on wood, paper, and/or cotton items that stay damp.

3. Freeze your child’s toys. Stuffed animal toys can house dust mites, which irritate allergies and asthma. Store the toys in a Ziploc bag and then place in your freezer for 24 hours; this should help prevent buildup for at least one month.

4. Go easy on the sunscreen. We know what you’re thinking – Easy on the sunscreen? During summer? Yeah right! But, it’s true. Sunscreen can trigger wheezing, sneezing and itching too. Look for brands that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to decrease the risk of photoallergic reactions.

5. Keep outside items outside. Leave all outdoor tools and toys in your mudroom, garage, or shed, and remove your shoes before going indoors.