The temperatures are rising, and the trees are blooming! There’s no doubt about it, spring is finally here. While many of us are happily packing away our winter clothes and planning for a season of fun, those with seasonal allergies are most likely feeling a little differently at this time of year.

Seasonal allergy symptoms can be a big annoyance! We all want to enjoy the spring weather, but that can be hard to do when you can’t stop sneezing or your eyes are so itchy that you can’t appreciate the blooming colors around you.

If you have seasonal allergies, the AFC Urgent Care Monroe Road team wants to help. Check our blog about seasonal allergies below to learn more.

Why Does Pollen Make Me Feel Sick?

The emergence of pollen in the springtime is the most common reason for people’s seasonal allergies. The trees, flowers and even grasses produce it as they bloom for a new year. Pollen itself isn’t inherently dangerous, but sometimes people’s immune systems mistakenly think it is. Because of this, your body launches an immune response to help rid the pollen from your body.

When this happens, histamine is produced to help hurry this process along. This is what causes those classic allergy symptoms! Watery eyes, a runny nose and sneezing are all signs that your body is working hard to get rid of that pesky pollen for you.

Seasonal Allergy Symptoms You Can Expect

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

How Can I Support My Body Through Seasonal Allergies?

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, hang in there! Once the pollen levels drop, your symptoms should subside greatly and even disappear. That doesn’t help right now, though. One of the best ways to manage your symptoms is to fully understand what triggers them and to avoid situations where your allergen is present. For example, if you have a tree pollen allergy, maybe avoid taking a walk through a wooded park on a windy day and stay inside instead.

You can also use OTC allergy medication to your advantage. We can help determine what kind of medication is right for you. Since certain medications help specific symptoms, it is best to get the opinion of a medical professional to ensure you are getting the relief you deserve. Remember, seasonal allergies aren’t dangerous, but severe allergic reactions are. If you are concerned about a recent exposure and are experiencing any of these signs below, seek immediate medical attention.

Signs of a Serious Allergic Reaction

  • 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 Monroe Road.