It’s that time of year again. Spring is back and allergy season is ready for its yearly return.

AllergiesWarmer temperatures are starting to creep in even earlier than usual and all kinds of pollen are in the air. From sneezing and sniffling, all the way to itchy and watery eyes, it’s critical for everyone with allergies to anticipate and prevent any kind of spring allergy outbreak they may come across over these next few months.

With so much in the air this time of season, it can be difficult to really put a finger on what specifically triggers spring allergens for people. The best way to find out is to get an allergy test done. The allergy skin test is the quickest and most efficient test for this. A doctor pricks the skin and inserts some kind of allergen such as grass to the outer layer. After about 15 minutes or so, the doctor will look for some kind of reaction, such as swelling or redness to the skin, which will determine the precise allergen causing the reaction.  At this point, your allergist may prescribe to administer immunotherapy (allergy shots) to prevent a reaction to the allergen.  Allergy tests are readily available at all Fastmed Urgent Care locations.

Once that is determined, it is vital for you to manage your allergies and prevent any outbreaks from happening. Always keep yourself in the loop on the allergen levels in the air. If allergen levels are high, close your windows. If you just spent some time outside, take a shower. While being outdoors, you are covered in allergens. Those allergens will spread all over your house and onto your furniture and bed if you do not shower. Pollen sticks to fabric, making it very easy to transfer those allergens from your clothes, to any other kind of fabric in your house. In addition, being treated with over-the-counter medication or tool to help with allergies can be very beneficial.   Many over the counter nasal sprays are very effective, but can also be addictive for some people. Check the label for a warning and/or consult your physician before using any kind of nose spray.  There are several effective prescription nasal sprays and oral medications that are safe to use on a daily basis during the time of the year that your allergies are the worst.  Again, it is best to consult a physician for the proper management of your allergies.

If you have never been allergic to anything, but start showing symptoms of allergies, visit an urgent care clinic.  A medical professional can identify if you do in fact have some type of allergic reaction to something in the air. Identifying it early could be the best thing you could do.

Brian Cafaro, MD
FastMed Urgent Care
Gilbert, AZ

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