When we have been stuck indoors for most of March and April, we are probably all wanting to take advantage of every sunny day we can by getting outside, which is a good thing! Not only is the fresh air good for our mental health and mood, but we all need to ensure we are getting vitamin D on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, when it comes to spending time outdoors, our spring allergies can quickly flare up! That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah wants you to share some tips on enjoying time outside without the allergy symptoms.

Why Is Vitamin D So Important?

Vitamin D is essential because our bodies need it to properly absorb calcium, which is imperative for bone growth and strength. Beyond that, though, this essential vitamin is also beneficial in other ways.

It can help you maintain a normal blood pressure, decrease your risk of many health conditions and improve your mood. If you’re headed outside for a dose of fresh air and vitamin D exposure, though, you may experience allergy symptoms.

Spring Allergy Symptoms

  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Dry cough
  • Rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

What Are the Biggest Spring Allergy Triggers?

Pollen is the cause of seasonal allergies, and the type of pollen that’s causing your allergic reaction will vary depending on the season. During spring, birch pollen, oak pollen and ragweed pollen can be the culprit.

Ragweed pollen is present for much of the year, lingering from late spring into the fall. If you’re allergic to grass pollen, too, you may also experience allergy symptoms during the summer.

Ways to Avoid Allergies

  • Avoid allergens, when possible.
  • Take medications, as prescribed.
  • Keep a diary of what triggers your allergy symptoms.
  • Stay indoors if the pollen count is very high for the day.
  • Clean air filters often.
  • Take a shower after going outside.

Not feeling at your best? Schedule an AFC TeleCare appointment with AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan.