Asthma and allergy symptoms, cutaneous lupus, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, southern tick–associated rash illness—several seasonal disorders are brought to light in this concise slideshow.
1. Asthma and Allergy Symptoms Heat Up With Summer Sun
• Asthma and allergy symptoms may be triggered by constant changes in air quality and an abundance of pollen, especially in the summer heat. Control allergen-induced asthma by reducing exposure to the offending substances.
• Determine the patient’s exposure to allergens and sensitivity to the allergens. Use the medical history to determine sensitivity to seasonal allergens, use skin testing or in vitro testing to determine the presence of specific IgE antibodies to perennial indoor allergens, and assess the clinical significance of positive allergy tests in the context of the patient’s medical history.
• Asthma symptoms may be precipitated by exposure to increased air pollution levels. Patients should avoid exertion or outdoor exercise as much as possible when levels of air pollution are high.