by Daniel Dam
It’s time again to celebrate the red, white and blue this year with barbeques, parades and fireworks. Now, you just need to make sure that no one ends up with red itchy rashes, a box full of white tissues or a blue face from a obstructed airway.
The following are some tips from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to help you safely celebrate stars and stripes of the flag of this great country.
Stay clear of smoke – Smoke can cause asthma symptoms to flare. Fire season already started with the County Fire in the area, so check the air quality before trekking outside. Also try keeping your distance from fireworks and always carry your reliever inhaler.
Bees and bugs – Some people have a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction to insect venom. If you’re one of those people, you need to know what to do in an emergency. If you experience facial swelling, difficulty breathing or another unusual reaction after an insect sting, call 911 and receive immediate emergency care. Follow up with one of our allergists who can evaluate you for insect allergy, and possibly allergy shots that can save your life.
Mold, grass and temperatures – Sudden changes in temperature can exacerbate symptoms, such as going inside a cold air-conditioned building or jumping into cold water could be a trigger. For those with mold allergies, freshly mowed grass and dry, dusty sports fields can result in high mold exposure.
We wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July. We hope to see you at your next visit after the holiday.
About Allergy Medical Group: For almost 40 years, we’ve served the greater Sacramento area with allergy clinics in Roseville, Sacramento and Yuba City. We’ve earned a reputation in this state’s capital for helping our patients find relief from even the toughest allergies. Thanks to our personalized treatment options, advanced diagnostic tools, and optimal and cost-effective therapy plans, we’ve had success treating both adults and children dealing with everything from allergic disorders to asthma and hay fever.