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Pollen, mold and insect stings are common allergens during the summer months. But some fresh fruits and vegetables, such as celery, apples and melons, can also cause allergy symptoms known as pollen food allergy syndrome. It is caused by cross-reacting allergens found in both pollen and raw fruits, vegetables and some tree nuts. Sneezing, itchy and runny nose, itching, rashes are some common summer allergy symptoms. But symptoms could be mistaken for colds, food intolerances or other ailments. Consider visiting an allergist if the below signs accompany your sniffle and sneeze. 1) Dark circles under the eyes 2) A tired and droopy appearance. Nasal allergies may cause allergic (adenoidal) face. 3) Nasal crease that may appear as you rub the nose upward to relieve nasal congestion and itching. 4) Mouth breathing: In cases of allergic rhinitis, severe nasal congestion can lead to chronic mouth breathing.If these symptoms continue for more than two weeks, see an allergist. Never take over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal sprays before consulting an allergist. Meanwhile, there are also some myths about summer allergies that may stop you from enjoying many interesting things during summers. Here are a few of them with the facts.

Myth 1: You get outdoor allergies only in the spring and fall This is false. Experts say grass pollen, mold spores and ragweed pollen in the air during summers and they are major triggers of outdoor allergies.

Myth 2: People who have chlorine allergy cant go swimming: Chlorine may cause irritation, but its not a true allergy that can cause life-threatening anaphylaxis, say experts. Moreover, chlorine problems tend to be less during the summer season due to adequate ventilation.

Myth 3: Stay indoors if you are allergic to mosquitoes: Mosquitoes become more active in the summertime, but they usually do not cause allergic reactions like bees, wasps and hornets do. Mosquito bites may cause itching and swelling in the areas where you are bitten, but you wont have hives all over the body or life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Myth #4: Sunlight allergy can make you sneeze when you look up at the sun: Those bursts of sneezing you have when you go outside into the bright sunlight is called photic sneeze reflex. According to experts, sneezing is not caused by the bright light by itself, but the change in light intensity that triggers nerves that generate the sneezing.

Myth #5: If your mouth itch after eating certain raw fruits or veggies, you have food allergy: Itchy mouth, scratchy throat or swelling of the lips, mouth or tongue after eating certain raw fruits or vegetables may result from pollen food allergy syndrome, also known as oral allergy syndrome. These symptoms often go away once the fresh fruit or raw vegetable is swallowed or removed from the mouth or cooked.
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