Spring is here, with temperatures rising and the last of the snow finally beginning to melt away. With nicer weather, you’ll want to spend more time outdoors enjoying the sun and the warmth. However, if you are prone to allergies you may begin to exhibit symptoms quickly. Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever can create some discomfort when exposed to certain triggers, leading to an allergic reaction. If you begin to notice these symptoms, you should visit your local urgent care center for diagnosis and treatment.
Symptoms of Spring Allergies
Hay fever and spring allergies happen when your body develops a reaction to something in the air, called an allergen. This condition affects about 10% of the American population and can present with symptoms after any amount of time spent outside and exposure to specific triggers. Spring allergies include trees, grass, pollen, and mold. While certain flowers can also trigger an allergic reaction, the pollen may be too heavy to stay in the air as long as other plants. Seasonal allergies are possible throughout the year but are more common in the spring and summer, after the winter thaw. Reactions are also possible indoors due to allergens like pet dander and mold. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- Ear and throat congestion
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Eye irritation
- Itching in the nose, throat or ear
Spring allergies are often linked to asthma, with an allergic reaction giving way to an asthma attack. If you experience an asthma attack due to hay fever, visit your local urgent care center immediately for treatment.
Treatment for Seasonal Allergies
The easiest way to avoid an allergic reaction is to avoid allergens. However, during the spring it is not always possible to avoid freshly cut grass or pollinated trees. Limiting your time outdoors to avoid allergens, as well as keeping your windows shut and running your air conditioner using a HEPA filter will be able to help you stay cool and avoiding dust that has been collecting on a ceiling fan. Cigarette smoke can also trigger hay fever symptoms. If you do need to go outside for a longer period of time, consider wearing a painters or surgical mask to avoid breathing in pollens and contaminants that can trigger a reaction. If you cannot avoid your allergens, talk to your doctor about over-the-counter decongestants and antihistamines, as well as prescription options. Your doctor may also recommend an allergy shot in order to help immunize your body to specific allergens.
If you or your loved one is beginning to exhibit symptoms of spring allergies, visit AFC Urgent Care in West Orange for treatment and diagnosis.