Stop the suffering that seasonal allergies cause
As the temperatures begin to rise and spring showers help to make the gardens bloom, many people begin to suffer from seasonal allergies. In the United States, it is estimated that allergies affect more than 17 million adults. Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center can assist individuals suffering from rashes and other reactions related to allergies.
What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies?
The symptoms allergies cause can vary from person to person and will depend on the allergen itself. Most people will complain of itchy, red, watery eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, coughing and an itchy throat. Unlike a cold, which usually only lasts about a week, the symptoms of seasonal allergies can sometimes last much longer, affecting a person for weeks or even months. The symptoms are usually worse when pollen counts are high or when a person has spent an extended period of time in contact with the allergen.
What is causing my allergies?
Different people are allergic to different things, so the cause of allergy symptoms will vary from person to person. The two most common triggers are mold and pollen. Mold can be very abundant in early spring when precipitation levels are high and the ground is damp and wet. After the spring rains, pollen levels begin to rise as the trees, grasses, weeds and flowers begin to grow and pollinate. The pollen and mold spores become airborne and inhaled, and that is when your allergies begin to act up.
How can I prevent allergy symptoms?
It is very difficult to avoid allergy symptoms altogether, but there are some things that you can do to help reduce the frequency and severity of the symptoms that you experience.
- Keep windows and doors closed at home or in the car. This will reduce the levels of pollen and mold that you are exposed to.
- Be aware of reports on pollen counts. Knowing how high the levels of pollen are can help you to plan your days accordingly. Stay inside as much as possible on days when pollen counts are high and plan outdoor outings on days when the levels are lower.
- Pollen levels are usually higher in the morning hours.
- Mold and pollen levels are lower on rainy days, but can peak on the days following a heavy rain.
- Wind helps to spread pollen; so the stronger the breeze, the higher your potential for experiencing allergy symptoms.
- If you’ve been working or playing outdoors, change and wash your clothes when you come inside and have a shower to avoid bringing unnecessary allergens into your home.
- Wear an N-95 mask while cutting the grass, gardening or working outside. These masks can filter out airborne allergens and reduce your exposure, helping to keep your symptoms under control.
If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of seasonal allergies, it’s time to visit a Velocity Care walk-in clinic and put an end to the suffering. Our doctors can advise you on the best treatment options and can prescribe the most effective medications to have you and your family feeling back to normal and allergy-free in no time. Don’t suffer any longer; visit www.velocitycare.com today.
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