Can Spring Allergies Cause a Cough?

April 17, 2024

During the spring months, you may be excited to finally be able to spend time outdoors without bundling up. However, the spring weather isn’t joyous for everyone. If you struggle with spring allergies, the arrival of spring can mark the beginning of a variety of irritating allergy symptoms. Allergy symptoms can sometimes be difficult to differentiate from illness symptoms. Learn more about whether spring allergies can cause you to cough and when to seek medical care for coughing.

If you’re suffering from a cough that just won’t go away, or that is contiuing to get worse over time, AFC Urgent Care Waltham offers rapid illness care on a walk-in basis from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week. Our medical providers are board-certified and trained to accurately diagnose and provide allergy symptom relief for the whole family. We never require that you schedule an appointment in advance, simply walk into the clinic when it’s convenient for you or use the button below to schedule your visit online.

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Common Spring Allergy Symptoms

Spring allergies can put a damper on the arrival of warmer weather if you suffer from spring allergies. There are many different environmental allergens that can cause you to suffer from allergy symptoms, however pollen is a very common allergen that can lead to a variety of unpleasant allergy symptoms. If you’re wondering whether you’re suffering from spring allergies, look for some of these common symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Rash

How to Tell if Your Cough is Caused by Allergies

Coughing is a very common allergy symptom. Allergens like pollen are released into the air as flowers bloom, which can cause you to breath the pollen in. This can lead to your throat drying out and becoming irritated from the exposure to the allergen. Allergies can also cause symptoms like congestion, which can lead to post-nasal drip. Post-nasal drip occurs when your body flushes excess mucus out of the sinuses and into your stomach through your throat. The stream of mucus can cause your throat to tickle and lead to a cough.

It can be difficult to determine whether your cough is being caused by spring allergies or an illness. Many mild viral infections, such as colds, share similar symptoms as spring allergies. If your symptoms get worse when you spend time outdoors but get better when you’re inside, you may be suffering from spring allergies. Similarly, if your cough lingers but doesn’t get worse, you may be suffering from allergies rather than an illness.

When to Seek Medical Care for Cough Treatment

The easiest way to determine whether your cough is being caused by allergies or an illness is to seek medical care. A board-certified medical professional will be able to evaluate your symptoms and perform the necessary diagnostic testing required to understand the underlying cause of your symptoms.

If your cough is producing discolored mucus, accompanied by chest pain or a fever, or getting worse over time - you should get urgent medical care. These are signs that you may have an infection in your lungs from an illness that requires treatment. Delaying care can allow your symptoms to become more severe and will result in your recovery time being longer.

Visit AFC Urgent Care for Walk-In Allergy Symptom Diagnosis

 If you’re suffering from a cough, it could be caused by allergies. AFC Urgent Care Waltham provides rapid same-day seasonal allergy care for the whole family on a walk-in basis. Our clinic is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm and we accept walk-in patients. Simply walk into the clinic when it’s convenient for you for rapid symptom diagnosis, or schedule an appointment online.

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Our medical providers are board-certified and trained to accurately diagnose and provide treatment for a variety of common symptoms caused by allergies. Our clinic has a lab on-site, should further diagnostic testing be required to determine the cause of your symptoms. Our clinic offers affordable care and accepts most medical insurance plans. Simply walk-in today.

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