Is Springtime Allergy Season?

May 1, 2020

Is Springtime Allergy Season?- AFC Urgent Care

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for seasonal allergies! However, you shouldn’t let the threat of spring allergies keep you inside all year long.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail wants you to get outside and enjoy the sunny days without the worry of suffering from spring allergies.

Why Are Allergies So Bad This Time of Year?

When the trees, weeds, grasses and flowers are in bloom, the pollen is ready to come out and play, which means you might be experiencing spring allergy symptoms on a daily basis. While you don’t want to stay inside all day every day, you may want to check the pollen counts for the day before heading outside.

Because different types of pollen are out nearly year-round, it may feel as if seasonal allergies are always in play. It’s important to know what allergens you react to—and take steps to prevent reactions.

Common Tree Pollen Allergies

  • Oak
  • Western red cedar
  • Sycamore
  • Maple
  • Elm
  • Birch
  • Ash
  • Cypress

What Is the Best Way to Treat Spring Allergies?

Allergy symptoms will stick around for as long as your allergen is present. When the trees and flowers are blooming, there is still a chance of pollen in the air, which can cause a number of symptoms.

You’ll want to be proactive to avoid exposure to your allergen. Start by taking an OTC antihistamine. When you are home for the day, wash your hair and change clothes, as pollen can be on you and continue to spark allergy symptoms while inside your own home. Check the pollen count before leaving your home and consider having an indoor day if the count is high.

Common Spring Allergy Symptoms

  • Itchy eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Swollen sinuses
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Scratchy throat
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Cough
  • Itching in the mouth, ears, nose and throat

Feeling under the weather? Schedule an AFC TeleCare appointment with AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

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