Allergy season is right around the corner, and after last year’s awful pollen levels many Americans are dreading it. Although seasonal allergies aren’t usually a cause for alarm, certain symptoms may send you to your local urgent care clinic.
That said, whether you’re allergic to plant pollen, ragweed, or any other substance that turns you into a congested mess, it’s important to understand how your allergies affect you and when to seek medical care.
What are allergies and what causes them?
Allergies are when your body’s immune system mistakes everyday substances for dangerous intruders. Your body responds to the intruder, known as an allergen, by attacking it.
Your immune system produces histamines when it attacks the allergen. These histamines are what create your allergy symptoms.
Allergies can range from mild to severe, and people are allergic to a variety of substances including:
- Animal dander
- Dust mites
- Bee stings
- Tree nuts
Seasonal allergies are related to airborne allergens such as pollen and ragweed that are released into the air during the spring, summer, and fall months.
What do allergy symptoms look like?
Allergy symptoms vary depending on the severity of your allergic reaction and the allergen. Most people suffer from mild symptoms that involve the sinuses. Mild allergic reactions can be confused with cold symptoms and usually include sneezing, stuffy nose, watery eyes, and itchy skin.
Severe allergic reactions are life-threatening and ought to be treated at the emergency room immediately. These symptoms include swelling, tingling mouth, chest tightness, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath.
Is there treatment for my allergies?
People who have severe allergies can be prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector. Those who have mild allergies can be prescribed an anti-histamine to reduce and manage symptoms.
A nasal rinse with a saline solution can also help if your mild allergies are airborne such as pollen.
Where can I find an urgent care clinic near me?
Urgent care clinics are great for allergy treatment because 60% of all urgent care centers have a wait time of 15 minutes or less. What’s more, up to 65% of urgent care clinics have a physician on-site at all times.
If you’re suffering from bad allergies and need medical care, Newport Center Urgent Care can help. For more information about our walk in treatment options for pain care and injuries, contact Newport Center Urgent Care today.