Spring is here already—can you believe it? We are ready to embrace the warmer temperatures and beautiful sunny days, but those of us who experience seasonal allergies are not excited for the pollen!
Seasonal allergies tend to reappear in the spring time as pollen from trees, flowers and weeds is more prevalent in the air. Thankfully, seasonal allergies aren’t life-threatening, but they can still be annoying.
Our AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah team wants to help manage your seasonal allergies this year, and we explain how to do it below.
Why Do Allergies Happen?
When you are exposed to something that your body interprets as an intruder, it launches an immune response. For things like peanuts and shellfish, that response can be severe and even life-threatening. Seasonal allergy reactions are similar, but aren’t inherently dangerous.
For people with seasonal allergies, their bodies mistakenly recognize pollen as an intruder and will work hard to get rid of the allergen. Histamine is produced to help this process along, which is what causes your unpleasant symptoms to appear.
Seasonal Allergy Response Symptoms
- Runny nose
- Itchy, watery or red eyes
What Can AFC Do for My Allergies?
Having seasonal allergies is more of a nuisance than anything. Even though you might feel pretty miserable, it won’t last forever! The best thing you can do is understand your personal allergy triggers and avoid the situations where they might be present. For example, stay inside on high pollen count days and keep your windows shut on windy days.
If you are having trouble managing your symptoms on your own, stop by! We can discuss your current symptoms and decide on a treatment plan for you. Many OTC allergy medications are effective against allergy symptoms, so we can work together to find the right fit for your specific needs. Remember, a severe allergic reaction needs to be taken seriously and you should always seek emergency medical attention in those situations.
When to Seek Emergency Care
- A developing rash or hives
- Swelling of tongue, lips or throat
- Trouble breathing
- Dizziness or fainting
Seasonal allergies can be frustrating! Let us help you feel better at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah.