If you are one of the many millions of Americans who experience seasonal allergies, this current season is probably not your favorite. Spring is one of the most common seasons to suffer from seasonal allergy flare-ups due to the rise of pollen in the air.
Seasonal allergies can range from being a minor nuisance to causing you to miss work or school due to being so miserable. If you are looking to find some reliable relief from your symptoms, our AFC Urgent Care Mooresville team gives some helpful tips below.
What Are Allergies?
When you are exposed to a substance that is an allergen, your body launches an immune response to help eliminate the substance from your body. It has recognized that substance as an intruder and is reacting accordingly. This process is similar to when you are exposed to a viral or bacterial infection.
For many people, pollen is not considered a threat! For those who experience seasonal allergies, your body has mistakenly interpreted pollen as a danger, and that is why your immune system kicks into high gear when you are exposed to it.
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms to Expect
- Runny nose
- Itchy, watery or red eyes
How Can My Allergies Be Treated?
Treatment for your seasonal allergies focuses on managing your symptoms and avoiding your triggers. Pay close attention to the daily pollen levels, and try to avoid going outside if they are high. It is also important to keep your doors and windows closed in your home and your car as much as possible. There’s no reason for you to be experiencing your symptoms in the comfort of your own home!
OTC allergy medication is also a good choice. It can help you manage your most bothersome symptoms. One good rule of thumb is to start taking your allergy medication before you expect to be exposed to pollen or your specific environmental triggers. If you need help figuring out what type of medication is right for you, come see us! Our team can do a full evaluation and come up with a treatment plan for you so you can enjoy a much more comfortable spring season.
Common Seasonal Allergens
- Tree pollen
- Grass pollen
Seasonal allergies can be frustrating! Let us help you feel better at AFC Urgent Care Mooresville.