Summer bug allergies
Posted: 1st July 2018 | Posted by Costa
Summer bug allergies
There are no two ways about it, summer is here. The glorious back-to-back days of pure sunshine we’ve been enjoying have allowed us to ditch our warm jumpers for something light and airy, and let our skin get a bit of sun. Unfortunately, your poor skin is left exposed as a treat for an array of creepy crawlies to bite and snack on; leaving you prone to summer bug allergies. Many will only leave you with a nasty bite or bump but, for the unlucky few, a small bump isn’t the only repercussion. Knowing the cause of your reaction can be the key to ensuring your summer isn’t ruined.
It’s likely that you’ve had a mosquito bite at some point in your life. When it comes to summer bug allergies, mosquito bites are of the most common. The obvious telltale sign of a bite is a red hard bump, with a small amount of swelling followed by an itchy feeling. While feeding on your blood a mosquito inserts saliva into your skin which most humans are allergic to. This then causes our immune system to jump into action causing the bump and itch. Albeit, for some people with severe allergies, the symptoms can be more consequential.
Those who are allergic to mosquito bites may experience symptoms such as lesions or even an anaphylactic reaction, the latter being rare.
Bees and wasps
During the summer months, bugs within the Hymenopterans order are extremely popular. This includes yellow hornets and bees. A majority of these bugs are social and rarely attack people, attacking only when they feel threatened. Trying to avoid disturbing them could be a useful tactic in not getting stung by one. However, if you do unfortunately get stung you may go on to find out that you are allergic and not only left with a small bump.
Around only 3% of the nation’s population are allergic to bee venom with just a few of these having a severe anaphylactic reaction. The symptoms of an allergy to a bee or wasp sting can vary and include:
They might not come to mind when thinking of summer bug allergies but actually, dust mite reactions are rife in the summer months. Typically due to the humid conditions giving them the perfect environment to thrive. Despite being microscopic bugs, these creatures can create waste amounting to over 200 times their own weight. With thousands of these doing so it can mount up quickly. Humans often breathe their waste in, and it is usually a completely harmless substance to most of us. However, others suffer various reactions to it. Recognisable dust mite allergy symptoms may include, but are not limited to:
- Runny or itchy nose
- Itchy skin
- Sinus pressure (may cause facial pain)
- Itchy, watery, or red eyes
- Scratchy throat or coughing
Dust mites are often found in mattresses, bedding, and upholstered furniture. They are too small to be seen by the naked eye. So it may not be the easiest of jobs to avoid them. Discovering dust mites are the specific cause of your allergy can be the first step in reducing or preventing your future symptoms.
At London Allergy and Immunology Centre, we offer a wide range of modern treatments to help you deal with your allergies. To discover the cause of your symptoms and take the first steps towards alleviating your allergies, book an appointment with one of our consultants today.