If you think you are the only one out there in the Chattanooga area sneezing and coughing, think again! Seasonal allergies affect many of us. In fact, research suggests that millions of people world-wide experience seasonal allergies on an annual basis.

However, it doesn’t mean you just have to sit back and live with the symptoms. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga wants you to learn ways you can take action against seasonal allergies so that you can enjoy a healthy, happy spring season!

What Is the Difference Between Seasonal Allergies and the Common Cold?

Because the symptoms of spring allergies can be similar to that of a cold, it can be hard to tell the difference. However, how long you’re experiencing symptoms is typically a good indicator. For instance, when you are experiencing the symptoms of a cold, they usually only last for around a week at most. Spring allergies can linger as long as pollen and other allergens are present.

In addition, April tends to be one of the worst months for people living with seasonal allergies because of the blooming flowers and trees. So, symptoms tend to flare up at this time of year.

Ways to Treat Seasonal Allergies

  • Take an over-the-counter antihistamine.
  • Use a nasal spray.
  • Sip some apple cider vinegar.
  • Eat some probiotic-containing foods.
  • Take a hot shower.
  • Breathe in some eucalyptus oil.
  • Eat spicy food.
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.

What Are Some Ways I Can Help to Prevent Seasonal Allergies?

It is important to do what you can to avoid allergy triggers this spring, starting with checking the pollen counts before you head outdoors.

It’s also a good idea to keep the windows and doors closed as much as possible, both in your home and your car, when pollen counts are high. This keeps allergens outdoors and your indoor air clear.

Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

  • Itchy eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Swollen sinuses
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Scratchy throat
  • Post-nasal drip

Feeling under the weather? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan.