If you suffer from seasonal allergies, chances are your symptoms have arrived in a big way already. That’s all thanks to pollen! Pollen is the most common seasonal allergy, and it can come from blooming flowers, grasses and trees at this time of year.

More than 80 million Americans experience seasonal allergies every year, so you are certainly not alone with your runny nose or itchy eyes.

If you are looking to learn more about seasonal allergies and how to find relief, our AFC Urgent Care Statesville team explains more below.

Why Does Pollen Cause Allergy Symptoms?

When your body is exposed to something that it considers harmful, it launches an immune response. This process is similar to when you get sick and your immune system kicks into high gear.

When it comes to seasonal allergies like pollen, your body just mistakenly interprets it as a danger to your body. While pollen isn’t necessarily dangerous, your body can think so! In response, it will release histamine into your system to help get rid of it faster. This histamine is what causes your eyes to water and your nose to run like a faucet.

Seasonal Allergy Symptoms Due to Pollen

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery or red eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Headache

How Can I Control Seasonal Allergies?

Managing seasonal allergies is mostly focusing on recognizing your specific triggers and taking steps to reduce your exposure. If you don’t come into contact with your allergen, you can keep your symptoms at bay! Start by keeping your windows and doors shut on windy days, and avoid going outside when the pollen count is high.

Another way to manage your symptoms is to find the best allergy medication for you. That’s where we can help. There are many medications on the market, and they can all do different things. We can assess your symptoms and your triggers and help you make the best choice. Hang in there! Seasonal allergy symptoms tend to fade away as the spring goes on and the pollen levels drop.

Managing 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 Statesville.