What Triggers My Seasonal Allergies?

The time has come for warmer weather, sunnier days…and seasonal allergies. Although spring is a fresh start for many, it can cause troublesome allergy symptoms as the trees and flowers start to bloom.

More than 80 million Americans experience seasonal allergies, making it one of the most common conditions. As pollen enters the air, your symptoms will start to appear and won’t go away until the pollen levels drop again.

If you are hoping to reduce your allergy symptoms this year, our AFC Urgent Care Gastonia team has some tips below, so check it out!

Why Is Pollen Bad for Me?

Your body is constantly working hard to keep you safe from danger, and it has systems in place ready to use if you do encounter something dangerous! Sometimes, those systems make mistakes, as is the case with pollen allergies.

Pollen itself isn’t dangerous, but your body may mistakenly identify the pollen as a harmful substance and launch an immune response when you are exposed to it. Histamine is released into your body to help get rid of it, which causes your nose to run and eyes to water.

Sources of Pollen

  • Grass
  • Weeds
  • Trees
  • Flowers

How Can I Control My Reaction to Pollen?

Unfortunately, you can’t. You might experience a reduction in your symptoms as you get older, but seasonal allergies don’t have a cure. However, there are things you can do to minimize your symptoms! Start by reducing your exposure to pollen. Avoid going outside on windy days and keep your windows shut in the spring.

In addition, you should also be taking your allergy medication before you go outside. This ensures that your body is equipped with the defenses it needs to combat your allergic reaction. If you need help deciding what medication is right for you, come see us. We can chat about your specific triggers and find a solution that works best for you.

Reducing Your Allergy Symptoms

  • Avoid going outside on high pollen count days.
  • Take your medication before going outside.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Change clothes or shower after coming in from outside.

Seasonal allergies can be frustrating! Let us help you feel better at AFC Urgent Care Gastonia.