(NEW YORK) -- Summer is unofficially on, which means three months full of sun, heat and allergy triggers.
The fully bloomed trees and green grass may appear nice, but the pollen they harbor can bring allergy sufferers misery during the spring and summer months. And it's not just that ubiquitous powdery substance that can trigger sniffling, sneezing and itchy eyes during the hotter months. Experts say the following allergy triggers can also be common during the summer:
Mold: Outdoor mold is the culprit behind many allergic reactions starting in late summer and fall when there is a peak in the amount of some types of mold spores, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Stings: Avoiding a painful encounter is just one reason to steer clear of stinging insects. Insect stings are also a well-known summer allergy trigger that can lead to a severe reaction known as anaphylaxis.
Poison ivy and sunscreen: While not especially common, poison ivy and sunscreen do pose allergy hazards during the warmer seasons.
Seasonal fruit: Allergic reactions to food can happen at any time, but for some people, summer fruits and vegetables can be more than just juicy and delicious.
Pollen: No matter what the season, pollen is in the air, ready to set off allergy attacks.
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