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Fireworks, picnics, and parades are the usual Fourth of July traditions for many people. However, for those who suffer from allergies and asthma, these simple celebratory activities can be a bothersome and dangerous.

Despite having skin sensitivities, there lies no reason not to enjoy and celebrate the 4th. Here are some of the triggers that you need to be aware of if you have skin allergies, sensitivities, and asthma to prevent flare-ups.  

1. SMOKE 

Fireworks, campfires and barbecues are fun activities, but smoke can trigger an asthma flare-up/ Maintain a safe distance from fireworks and campfires. If you’re visiting a friend or a relative, be upfront about your asthma or allergy, so that they can make adjustments too on their end. Also, do not forget to bring your inhaler at all times. 

2. STINGS 

Aside from celebrating Independence Day, July is also summer time, which means outdoor activities are in. Be very careful going camping especially of insect bites and stings. Insect venom can cause serious or life-threatening reactions that require immediate medical attention. Facial swelling and respiratory difficulties are signs of a severe allergy that require administration of epinephrine and evaluation of an allergist. 

3. CHLORINE

Since it’s summer, some people prefer celebrating the Fourth of July swimming in the pool. Chlorine can cause allergy-like symptoms such as itchy eyes. For individuals who suffer from asthma, chlorine may also cause respiratory difficulties.

If the skin gets irritated, wash the affected area with clean water and hypoallergenic soap. Severe or more serious symptoms may need prescription corticosteroid creams.

4. CHANGES IN TEMPERATURE

A rise in temperature can also cause an asthma attack. Be aware of environmental temperatures and consider celebrating indoors on particularly hot, humid days. Skin problems may also arise, such as rashes from sweating and heat, and even sunburn. 

5. MOLD

Mold are common in late summer and fall. Avoid walking on freshly-mowed grass or dry, dusty athletic field which could increase exposure to mold. 

6. POLLEN

The top pollen in many areas during  summer is grass pollen. Northern areas of the U.S. have grasses that pollinate in late spring or early summer. In the south, grasses may even pollinate throughout many seasons. Be sure to check your pollen count, before going out especially if you have an allergy or asthma.

DISCLAIMERThe information presented on Cottonique is not, and will never be, intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content materials found on this site, from text, treatments, outcomes, charts, graphics, photographs, and study findings, are created and published for general informational purposes only. It should not, in any way, be construed as a standard of care to be followed by a user of the website. 

Thus, readers are encouraged to verify any information obtained from this website with other accurate references and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with their physician. As Cottonique strives to help those with allergies live with better days, the hypoallergenic apparel brand encourages everyone to always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. 
July 03, 2019 — Admin Cottonique

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Melanie said:

For anyone who is allergic to latex be careful at community picnics or events as well because sometimes they have latex balloons as decorations or balloon benders making different objects to sell and also make sure any food you eat has not been touched or prepared with latex gloves.

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