Spring is here, and we are so glad to welcome it! After an interesting winter, the warmer weather and sunny days are a happy change. But those with seasonal allergies may not be as excited about the new season.
While seasonal allergies aren’t life-threatening, they can still be really annoying! Our AFC Urgent Care South Charlotte team explains how to help manage your allergy symptoms this year, so check it out below.
Where Do Seasonal Allergies Come From?
Allergies occur when a person’s body launches an immune response against a substance that it deems as dangerous. Allergies to foods like peanuts and shellfish can be life-threatening, while seasonal allergies are usually more of a nuisance.
If you have seasonal allergies, your body has mistakenly recognized pollen as a danger to your body. Because of this, it will work hard to eliminate the pollen from your body. Histamine is produced to help this process along, which is where your constantly runny nose and itchy eyes come from.
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms for All Ages
- Runny nose
- Itchy, watery or red eyes
Can I Treat My Allergies on My Own?
The good news is that seasonal allergy symptoms won’t last forever. Once your triggers are no longer present in the air, your symptoms should subside. That doesn’t mean the current weeks aren’t miserable, though. The best way to combat your symptoms is to understand your specific allergy triggers and avoid them as much as possible.
For example, keep your windows shut on windy days and maybe rethink that outdoor music festival on the edge of a blooming forest. If you are having trouble managing your symptoms, come see us! Our team can chat with you and help come up with the best treatment plan, including choosing the right OTC allergy medication for your symptoms. Remember, while seasonal allergies aren’t life-threatening, serious allergic reactions can be. So make sure to know what is an emergency situation and what is not.
When a Reaction Is an Emergency
- A developing rash or hives
- Swelling of tongue, lips or throat
- Trouble breathing
- Dizziness or fainting
Seasonal allergies can be frustrating! Let us help you feel better at AFC Urgent Care South Charlotte.