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‘Tis the SneezeOn!

Your eyes feel itchy, your nose is stuffy, and you’re finding yourself constantly reaching for a tissue.  If this happens during the same time every year, you might be suffering from seasonal allergies.

An allergy is what happens when your immune system overreacts to something that is harmless, sending your body into a frenzy.
Some common allergens can include pollen, mold, animal dander, certain foods, and other things that can cause a reaction or irritation.
What happens during an allergic reaction?
When your body comes into contact with a trigger that you inhale, swallow or gets on your skin, your body responds by making a protein called immunoglobulin E ( IgE) which grabs onto the allergen.  Histamine and other chemicals then get released into your blood stream causing your seasonal allergy symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
Your symptoms vary based on how you’re exposed, whether that’s through the air, your skin, food, or an insect sting.
Common symptoms include:

  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sinus congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Skin rashes or hives

Who gets allergies?
You can develop seasonal allergies at any point in life, with some symptoms appearing as you age.  
Allergy sufferers tend to be sensitive to certain allergens genetically.  In cases if one parent has an allergy, your odds go up, and if both parents have an allergy, your odds are doubled.
Lifestyle choices and environment can also be key components in allergy symptoms.  The more intense your exposure to certain allergens like pollen or mold, and the more you come into contact with the allergen, the more likely you’ll be allergic.
Will my allergies ever go away?
Your seasonal allergy symptoms might subside after a few weeks when pollen count isn’t as high, but you may suffer from your symptoms annually.  The best way to prepare your body for seasonal allergy season is by taking medicine before the start of the season.
What are my treatment options?
If you don’t want to spend the rest of the season admiring the blossoming flowers and trees from indoors, a physician might recommend seasonal allergy medicine that can alleviate your symptoms.  
At AFC Urgent Care, we can recommend you with treatment options that work best for your symptoms.  
If you would like more information about our seasonal allergy treatment options, please call us at 908-222-3500.