People who deal with allergies know that Spring can be a difficult time to be outdoors. As the weather gets warmer, plants begin to bloom and release pollen which causes symptoms like sneezing, a runny nose, and watery eyes. Given that seasonal allergies generally start in March, now’s the time to become aware of what symptoms look like and how to treat them.
What Causes Allergies?
Spring allergies are generally caused by the release of pollen by plants as the weather grows warmer. When pollen particles are inhaled by a person who is allergic, they will trigger an allergic reaction by the immune system. The body sees pollen as a foreign substance and releases antibodies to fight the allergens. For mild allergic reactions, the release of these antibodies is what causes irritation in the sinus and airway passages and can often lead to congestion. More severe symptoms may include shortness of breath and headaches.
While there’s no true cure for seasonal allergies, there are ways to reduce symptoms. Many over the counter medications such as antihistamines, nasal sprays, and decongestants are available to help aid in relieving your allergies. For a more natural solution, nasal irrigation using a squeeze bottle or neti pot is a popular option for opening the sinuses. Additionally, there are steps you can take to minimize the possibility of allergy irritation at home. Be sure to vacuum and wash sheets and bedding 1-2 times per week to limit the spread of pollen. Using an air purifying device at home can also help reduce allergens in the air.
If you are interested in personalized allergy treatment or want to discuss your symptoms with a Nurse Practitioner, First Care offers telemedicine virtual visits and in-clinic treatment. Allergy treatment at First Care is focused on resolving your individual symptoms, as one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to allergies! Prescription-strength treatment may be needed to resolve chronic or severe allergies and keep you feeling your best this Spring.
To schedule your customized allergy treatment via telemedicine, simply head to our website, visit the telemedicine page from the menu bar, and you’ll be prompted to find your nearest location. From there you’ll be able to set up an appointment with a provider to discuss your seasonal allergy issues. If you would like to stop by our stringently sanitized clinic for allergy treatment, we are open 7 days a week!
Allergies vs. COVID
Many allergy symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19, so it’s difficult to differentiate the two without a COVID-19 test. Seasonal allergies usually cause some sort of itchiness, typically in the eyes, while COVID will not. If you suspect that you may be suffering from COVID-19 or want to ensure your allergies are not COVID-19, we offer quick and convenient rapid testing at all of our locations.
Dealing with allergies can be frustrating, but they don’t have to keep you from enjoying the beautiful Spring weather! Start by following some of the at-home treatment tips to see what works best for alleviating your allergy symptoms.