As the flowers bloom and the trees begin to bud, it’s clear that it is springtime once more! Another clear indication of the change in season are those itchy, watery eyes and runny nose.
Spring allergy season comes right along with the warmer temperatures, meaning many of us head indoors or make alternate plans to help minimize our symptoms.
Seasonal allergies can be really frustrating to deal with! We want you to be feeling your best this spring, so our AFC Urgent Care Hickory team explains how to help your seasonal allergy symptoms below.
Where Do Seasonal Allergies Come From?
Just like a virus or bacteria, a potential allergen has the power to trigger your immune system. When you get sick, your immune system kicks into high gear to help you overcome the illness and feel better. The same goes for allergies.
If you suffer from a severe food allergy, you know how dangerous they can be. Seasonal allergies operate a bit differently, but share some similarities. Seasonal allergens like pollen aren’t inherently dangerous, yet some people’s bodies mistakenly interpret them as so. If that happens, when you are exposed to pollen, your body will launch an immune response to help rid that allergen from your body. This is what causes those unpleasant symptoms.
Symptoms Due to Seasonal Allergies
- Runny nose
- Itchy, watery or red eyes
Can I Treat Allergies Myself?
While there is no cure for seasonal allergies, there are some things you can do to control your symptoms. If you fully understand your triggers, you will be able to avoid the situations where they might be present. On high pollen count days, consider staying indoors and keeping your windows shut. Simple acts like this can go a long way to combatting your symptoms.
In addition, choosing the right OTC allergy medication can help you manage your symptoms no matter what you are doing. If you are having trouble finding the right medication for you, come see us! Our team can discuss your current symptoms and suggest medication options to help you feel your best. When in doubt, head to AFC Urgent Care Hickory!
Treating Seasonal Allergies
- Prescribed corticosteroids
- Avoidance of specific triggers like pollen
Seasonal allergies can be frustrating! Let us help you feel better at AFC Urgent Care Hickory.