The spring is a great time of year for many reasons, but not for seasonal allergies. Symptoms of seasonal allergies can vary in severity from year to year, so if you are having a more severe reaction right now, know you are not alone!

The increase in pollen in the air can be troubling for many people. In fact, more than 80 million Americans experience seasonal allergy symptoms every year.

If you are looking for ways to help combat your allergy symptoms this year, read on as our AFC Urgent Care Tyvola Road team explains more below.

Why Am I Allergic to Pollen?

Allergies are often genetic, but not always. You could be the only one in your family that experiences them! When your body is exposed to pollen, it just mistakenly identifies the substance as harmful to your body. This reaction signals for your body to launch an immune response to rid it from your body.

That’s where your seasonal allergy symptoms come from. Histamine is released into your system to hurry the pollen out of your body, which is why all of your symptoms can occur at once. The runny nose and itchy eyes are your body’s way of helping this process along.

The Most Common Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery or red eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Headache

Can I Prevent My Seasonal Allergy Symptoms?

Unfortunately, there is no forever cure for seasonal allergy sufferers. While you might experience a reduction in symptoms, you might have them for life. The best way to support yourself during this time is to fully understand what triggers your symptoms and avoid those situations. For example, if tree pollen really gets your symptoms going, avoid taking walks through wooded areas on windy days!

Another helpful resource is OTC allergy medication. These types of medications often contain antihistamines, which help reduce your symptoms that are caused by the histamine in your body. If you are struggling with controlling your symptoms on your own, stop by! Our team can evaluate you and offer some treatment suggestions or a change in your allergy medication.

Reducing Your Allergy Symptoms

  • Avoid going outside on high pollen count days.
  • Take your medication before going outside.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Change clothes or shower after coming in from outside.

Seasonal allergies can be frustrating! Let us help you feel better at AFC Urgent Care Tyvola Road.