Stay Asthma & Allergy Free This 4th of July | Health, Medicine and Fitness

Cara Murez

FRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) — It’s time to enjoy summer celebrations, but allergies and asthma can put a damper on the festivities.

They don’t need it. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) offers some tips for controlling them.

“The 4th of July is a favorite holiday for many Americans because it’s the middle of summer and people can enjoy good weather with their festivities,” said allergist Dr. Mark Corbett, president of the ACAAI. . “But that doesn’t mean allergy and asthma symptoms won’t flare up. Asthmatics should be cautious at events where smoke will be present. Smoke in all its forms – fireworks, bonfires or campfires – should be on the list of things to avoid.

If your celebrations will be outdoors and you have grass or pollen allergies, take your medications well before the event, suggests the ACAAI. These drugs will need time to work. If you have asthma, stay consistent with your quick-relief and long-term controller medications.

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Sudden changes in temperature can trigger an asthma attack, including entering an air-conditioned space due to the heat or jumping into cold water. In extreme heat or on humid, pollen-rich days, stay indoors as much as possible, suggests the ACAAI. You can also consider exercising indoors, if possible.

Watch out for food allergies at picnics and barbecues. Ask guests to label their dishes or consider leaving out common allergens. Label all the foods you share at a potluck, so others can be aware of the allergens.

Lone Star Tick bites can make you allergic to red meats. If you think this has happened to you, talk to an allergist. Meat from any mammal – beef, lamb, pork, goat, and even whale and seal – can cause an allergic reaction.

Although chlorine is not an allergen, it can be irritating and cause itchy eyes and nose. It can also cause breathing difficulties in some people with asthma. Washing the affected skin area with clean water usually removes the irritant. A doctor can prescribe a corticosteroid cream if needed.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has more on seasonal allergies.

SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, press release, June 23, 2022

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