..and how not to let them derail your warm weather fun.

Memorial day is the unofficial start of summer and avoiding a few nasty surprises can help you breathe easily during the next few months.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is calling attention to five asthma and allergy triggers that can derail your fun this summer.

#1: Bugs. Stings can be painful and even life-threatening. Be careful around open sodas and other sweet foods and drinks when you’re outside- These can lure stinging insects. If you react badly, talk to your allergist about carrying epinephrine to use after a sting.

#2: Chlorine. This pool chemical can cause asthma flare-ups in some people.

#3: Campfire smoke. This, too, can bring on asthma symptoms. Be sure to sit upwind.

#4: Weather changes. Wind can circulate pollen and mold, triggering allergy symptoms in some people.

And #5 Ð fruits and vegetables. Certain types, like peaches, apples, and melons, can cause tingling in the mouth in some people, especially people with pollen allergies.

If you have allergies or asthma, talk to your doctor about how to keep your symptoms under control this summer!


By By Health Day
May 24, 2012