The Ugly Truth about Summer Allergies

22 June 2015

The Ugly Truth about Summer Allergies

Seasonal allergies can cause unwanted appearance changes


Summertime should be fun for everyone, but warm weather can create a “hot mess” for those with allergies and asthma.  


To help allergy sufferers enjoy picnics and barbecues while looking their best, I’ve included some tips below, courtesy of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).


Reno/Sparks, NV – As if a runny nose and red eyes weren’t enough to ruin your warm weather look, summer allergies can bestow even more than you’ve bargained for this year. In fact, some unusual symptoms can leave you looking like you lost a round in a boxing ring.


“Allergy sufferers may wrongly think that once spring is over, they won’t have allergy symptoms,” said allergist Leonard Shapiro, MD & Boris Lokshin, MD.  “Unfortunately, that’s not true. Summer often brings a whole new set of symptoms from allergens such as grass pollens and mold spores. In addition to sneezing and watery eyes, allergies sometimes cause black eyes, lines across the nose and other cosmetic symptoms.”


Even if you’ve never before had allergies, they can suddenly strike at any age and time of year. You might want to consider visiting your board-certified allergist if these undesirable signs accompany your sniffle and sneeze.


  • Allergic Shiner:  Dark circles under the eyes which are due to swelling and discoloration from congestion of small blood vessels beneath the skin in the delicate eye area.


  • Allergic (adenoidal) Face:  Nasal allergies may promote swelling of the adenoids (lymph tissue that lines the back of the throat and extends behind the nose). This results in a tired and droopy appearance in your face.


  • Nasal Crease:  This is a line which can appear across the bridge of the nose usually the result of rubbing the nose upward to relieve nasal congestion and itching.


  • Mouth Breathing: Cases of hay fever with severe nasal congestion can result in chronic mouth breathing, associated with the development of a high, arched palate, an elevated upper lip, and an overbite. Teens with allergic rhinitis might need braces to correct dental issues.

According to the ACAAI, pollen, mold and insect stings are common allergy culprits during the summer months. In addition, fresh produce such as celery, apples and melons, can also cause allergy symptoms. This is known as food pollen syndrome or oral allergy syndrome. This is due to cross-reacting allergens found in both pollen and raw fruits, raw vegetables and some tree nuts.


Allergy symptoms can often be mistaken for a cold. However, there are ways to tell the difference between a summer cold and an allergy.


“If your symptoms last for more than two weeks, it’s probably an allergy,” said Dr. Leonard Shapiro, MD & Boris Lokshin, MD. “Colds fade while allergies persist. And symptoms such as itchy eyes, nose and throat, along with sneezing, usually means an allergy. “


Before turning to over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal sprays for relief, allergy sufferers should speak with an allergist to ensure the medication is right for them and enough to combat symptoms. For more information about seasonal allergies, and to locate an allergist in your area, visit


As a local allergist who specializes in treating allergy and asthma, I would be happy to speak with you about how allergy sufferers can avoid the summer triggers that may give them the appearance of black eyes or looking tired and rundown. Just make an appointment for more information visit our website



Thank you for your time,


Leonard Shaprio, MD

Boris Lokshin, MD

2135 Green Vista Dr. Suite 109

Sparks, NV 89431

Ph: 775-359-5010

 Fax: 775-359-7656