Allergies - It Is That Time of Year Again!

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Throughout North Carolina, FastMed Urgent Care clinics have seen more than a 10% increase in North Carolinians seeking treatment for allergy-related symptoms since the beginning of 2013 and that number is increasing. In Arizona FastMed Urgent Care clinics have seen more than a 96% increase in Arizona patients seeking treatment for allergy-related symptoms over the prior three months during one of the worst allergy seasons on record. 

What is an allergy?

An allergy is a condition where your body’s defense overreacts to a substance that is normally harmless. These substances are called allergens or triggers (since the “trigger” is a response from your body). When exposed to an allergen, your body thinks it has to defend itself, and begins a process to do so. This process includes releasing a chemical called “histamine”. Histamine is important because it in turn causes the following common symptoms: sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, and itchy nose or throat.

How do I get relief?

Visit the following resources that will help you cope with the challenges of the spring and summer allergy seasons in Arizona and North Carolina:

FastMed Urgent Care centers are open 365 days a year and have over 52 convenient locations for treatment to help address your allergy symptoms.

Visit our FastMed Urgent Care Location Finder to find your nearest FastMed location anytime your allergies are getting the best of you!



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