Now that we are officially in the spring season, it’s time to start enjoying all of the increasingly warm days outside! While the arrival of spring weather might be welcomed by many, though, those who deal with seasonal allergies may not be as excited.

Seasonal allergies can certainly make this time of year more difficult! As the trees bloom and the grass renews its green hue, pollen is released into the air.

If you struggle with seasonal allergies and with the presence of pollen, our AFC Urgent Care TN team explains how to help deal with your symptoms below, so read on.

Why Are People Allergic to Pollen?

Did you know that seasonal allergies are one of the most common conditions in the United States? More than 80 million people deal with them every year! When your body has an allergic response to something, it has interpreted whatever substance it is as a danger to your body and it launches an immune response to rid it from your body.

Unlike a peanut or shellfish allergy, pollen by itself isn’t inherently dangerous. In the cases of people with seasonal allergies, their bodies have just mistakenly interpreted pollen as an intruder. In order to help get rid of the pollen, the body produces histamine to help this process along. That’s what causes your nose to run like a faucet or causes your eyes to itch like crazy!

Symptoms to Expect This Spring

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

Will I Outgrow My Allergies?

You might, but it’s not a guarantee. If you are allergic to something in your childhood, you might not be allergic to it for life. However, there is no way of knowing if you will be one of those people. Allergies have no cure, so the best way to manage them is to limit your exposure to your specific triggers and to be responsible with your allergy medication.

If your allergies are worse this year than they have been in the past, come see us. We can discuss common allergy medication options to help find the best choice for you. We want to help you manage your symptoms so you can enjoy all that the spring season has to offer!

The Most Common Seasonal Allergy Triggers

  • Tree pollen
  • Grass pollen
  • Mold
  • Ragweed

Seasonal allergies can be frustrating! Let us help you feel better at one of our AFC Urgent Care TN locations.