If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know how aggravating this condition can be. Whether your allergies are severe or mild, a runny nose, watery eyes, and a constant sneeze can get in the way of many daily activities. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to treat seasonal allergies, including medication and allergy shots.
Understanding Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergies tend to occur just as you would they think – in certain seasons. Why is this? Because there are certain substances in the air (also known as allergens) that become present during certain times of the year. A great example of an allergen that many people suffer from in the spring is pollen. Pollen tends to be carried by the wind during spring time, and since it is produced in such large quantities, it can cause major problems for those who have a pollen allergy. The immune systems of people who are allergic to pollen, release chemicals to combat this allergen. This release of chemicals, including histamine, is what causes allergy symptoms.
Triggers for Seasonal Allergies
The most common triggers for seasonal allergies, by season:
- Spring – trees (ash, birch, elm, hickory, maple, oak, poplar, sycamore, and walnut)
- Summer – grass (Bermuda, orchard, red top, sweet vernal, and timothy)
- Fall – weeds (pigweed, ragweed, Russian thistle, sagebrush, and tumbleweed)
Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies
It is important to note that seasonal allergies can take place in any season. For the most part, however, all seasonal allergies have the same types of symptoms, which include:
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
Treating Seasonal Allergies
Because seasonal allergies can be treated in several ways, it’s best to consult with a doctor to determine the best treatment method for you. The board-certified physicians at AFC Urgent Care in Waltham, MA can assess your condition and recommend an over the counter (OTC) solution, prescribe medication if needed, or refer you to an Allergy Specialist.
If you have already been prescribed allergy shots, by a specialist or your primary care physician, and just need them administered, you can walk in to AFC Urgent Care 7 days a week from 8am-8pm. No appointment or referral is ever needed.