Seasonal Allergies Worse Than Ever?



What’s going on?

It’s not your imagination – With 24% of the country being in medium-high status in terms of pollen counts, allergy sufferers are certainly taking a blow this spring in comparison to recent years. Tree pollen is reaching high levels in much of the southern plains and southeast US.


How do allergies work?

During allergic reactions, your immune system fights harmless materials, such as pollen or mold, by producing antibodies and causing an onset of symptoms. This allergic reaction can cause the following: itchy watery eyes, runny nose, itchy throat, hives, fatigue, and irritability.


What can you do to prevent seasonal allergy symptoms?

- Stay inside in the morning, if possible.

- Keep your indoor air clean by using your air conditioner at home and in your vehicle.

- Change your home air filter regularly.

- Vacuum often.

- Start taking allergy medications before your symptoms start.

- Wear a pollen mask if you do outside chores.


Where do you begin when self-treating allergies?

There are many over the counter medications that can ease your allergy symptoms, so many that the options can often be overwhelming. Antihistamines can help relieve sneezing, itching, a runny nose and watery eyes. Oral decongestants can temporarily relieve nasal stuffiness. Some allergy medications combine an antihistamine with a decongestant, but these may only be purchased behind the pharmacy counter. Rinsing your nasal passages with saline solution is another inexpensive and effective way to relieve nasal congestion.


When home remedies aren't enough, see your doctor

For most people, avoiding allergens and taking over the counter medications is enough to ease seasonal allergy symptoms. But if your allergies are still bothersome, don't give up. Several other treatments are available, including giving a call to The Virtual Doc The Virtual DocThe Virtual Doc The Virtual DocThe Virtual DocThe Virtual Doc The Virtual Doc ! You can speak to one of our licensed healthcare professionals about your symptoms at any time, and from any place. Our doctors can recommend both over the counter and prescription medications specific to the symptoms you are experiencing. After taking a thorough health history, they can also help decide if a more aggressive allergy treatment is necessary.



The content on this website is made available for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. To get a medical diagnosis of your condition, connect with a The Virtual Doc Professional Group physician or your doctor.


Sources:

https://acaai.org/allergies/seasonal-allergies

https://www.pollen.com/allergy/pollen-season

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/2019-us-spring-allergy-forecast/70007752

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hay-fever/in-depth/seasonal-allergies/art-20048343

https://medlineplus.gov/magazine/issues/spring13/articles/spring13pg22-23.html

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