The Ugly Truth About Seasonal Summer Allergies - McGovern Allergy And Asthma Clinic

When getting ready for summer, many look forward to cute outfits, going to the beach, and spending some much-needed time outside. However, nothing ruins a summer look more than the effects of seasonal summer allergies. Besides a runny nose and puffy red eyes, summer allergies can leave you with more than you expected. If you look like you lost a one-sided fight, we can help.

Why Now?

For allergy sufferers, summer can be one of the worst times of the year and can rival both spring and fall. Symptoms can expand from the run-of-the-mill runny nose and watery eyes to other more severe cosmetic problems. These can include black eyes, nose lines, and swelling.

Even if you’ve never suffered from allergies, they can attack at any age or time of year. They can also flare up if you’ve recently moved to a different region of the country. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms below and need relief, contact the experienced allergists at McGovern Allergy and Asthma Clinic.

Types of Summer Allergies

The most common types of summer allergies are pollen, mold, and insect stings/bites. However, produce such as celery, melons, and apples can also cause a severe increase in symptoms. This phenomenon is known as food pollen syndrome and is a result of cross-reacting allergens in raw fruits, pollen, vegetables, and tree nuts.

Sometimes people confuse allergies with colds or other ailments. However, if your symptoms last for more than two weeks, it is time to seek professional help.

Severe Allergy Symptoms

Some of the common severe allergy symptoms include the following:

  • Allergic Shiner: Heavy, dark circles under the eyes. These are caused by swelling and discoloration from the congestion of tiny blood vessels below the delicate skin around the eyes.
  • Allergic (Adenoidal) Face: Typically, nasal allergies contribute to the swelling of the adenoids (tissue lining the back of the throat and nose). This can cause a tired and droopy appearance.
  • Nasal Crease: Many people rub their noses in an upward manner in order to relieve symptoms such as itching and congestion. This can cause a line on the bridge of the nose.
  • Mouth Breathing: Allergic rhinitis can contribute to chronic mouth breathing. This can lead to more serious problems during development, such as an arched palate, an elevated upper lip, and an overbite.

Contact Us

Don’t suffer in silence if you’re struggling with severe summer allergies. Book an appointment with one of McGovern Allergy and Asthma Clinic’s esteemed allergists today. Call 713-661-1444 or visit