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Seasonal Allergy Treatment

June 27, 2024

Also called allergic rhinitis or hay fever, seasonal allergies usually begin for most people in late February and last until June. They are not exclusive to the spring, though; they can happen all year around, in different seasons. A seasonal allergy is the body’s response to something in the environment, some of the most common are: 

Spring: Tree pollen

Summer: Grass pollen

Autumn: Ragweed 

Winter: Mold

How do you deal with seasonal allergies? Let’s find out! 

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Seasonal Allergies 

Symptoms

People may experience ear, face, or sinus pain, nasal congestion, loss of smell, runny nose, mucus in the back of the throat, or sneezing. Cough, fatigue, headache, or throat irritation are also commonly present. 

The eyes can be watery or itchy, with some puffiness and redness. It’s common to see people breathing through the mouth or wheezing in an allergic crisis. 

Diagnosis

The diagnosis can be made with your doctor through symptom tracking and nose and throat exams. If you repeatedly have reactions in a specific season, the cause can be identified by that. Alternatively, you can go to a doctor and get a skin allergy test to see what allergies match with you. 

Contact urgent care to determine if your symptoms are genuinely allergies or related to COVID-19, flu, throat infection, or a cold. 

Tips for Seasonal Allergy Care

Avoiding allergens and — with a medical prescription — taking antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays, and decongestants can relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies. 

There is also the option of immunotherapy, in which you are exposed to the allergy for months until you develop resistance. 

You can also practice some steps to help your body in this fight. This will vary depending on your specific allergy, but some general rules to help you deal with seasonal allergies are: 

  • Take a shower and wash your hair when coming from the outside to avoid bringing the allergen into your house
  • Change your sheets and vacuum the house more frequently  
  • Avoid long exposures to pollen; you can Google your area and find out the level of pollen on that day and avoid being outside on high-level days 
  • Maintain your house closed on days of high pollen level 
  • Some dietary changes can be beneficial; talk to your doctor about it

Allergies in Kids 

Children show the same allergy symptoms as adults, so if your kid is showing any of those symptoms, take them to a children’s urgent care. Early intervention can prevent symptoms from worsening. 

Consult a pediatrician for the appropriate treatment for kids their age. A pediatrician can help identify specific allergens and guide you on avoiding them, making it easier to manage and prevent future allergic reactions.

Walk-in Urgent Care Medical Clinic 

If you need a trusted family medical clinic, visit Corner Clinic urgent care center for quick allergy treatment and other services. Corner Clinic is open seven days a week with extended hours, so you can always count on us to provide the care you need exactly when you need it. No appointment is ever required in our urgent care center in Flowood, MS. Walk in anytime during business hours.