Did you know that 35 million Americans suffer from allergies and don’t even know it? In our home, most of us suffer from seasonal allergies so we know exactly what is causing our stuffy noses and itchy eyes. Allergies are a result of the body’s hypersensitivity to substances in the environment. Mold, dust, pollen, pet dander, and even some foods can cause allergic reactions.
Seasonal allergies are a reaction to small airborne substances. These allergens are small proteins that usually float around in the spring, summer and fall. Due to this, allergies may last weeks or even months. Luckily, Symptoms can usually be controlled with treatment. Nasal saline, decongestants and over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines are helpful tools for relieving symptoms as well.
If you are suffering from allergies, don’t despair because MinuteClinic has plenty of relief options at your disposal! Their knowledgeable and trained nurse practitioners and physicians assistants can help you choose the appropriate over-the-counter medications and even write prescriptions when medically necessary.
You don’t have to suffer alone if you’re diagnosed with allergies. Medications are available that may help relieve your symptoms. At the end of the day, however, the best way to treat allergies is to avoid the allergen – whatever it may be. In my case the allergen would be pollen, trees, and grass. My son, on the other hand, is allergic to mouse dander and shrubs. We try to stay away from these offenders as much as possible but, when they can’t be avoided, we head to MinuteClinic to arm ourselves!
Here are some daily tips to keep healthy and help prevent allergies:
- Fall asleep on clean sheets. Wash your bedding every two weeks to help ease allergy symptoms.
- Shake it off! Before coming inside, rid your clothes of pollen with a good shake.
- Avoid window fans! While convenient, they tend to bring in unwanted pollens or mold spores.
- Pull out the shades! Sunglasses protect your eyes from pollen, while keeping you looking stylish at the same time.
- Did you know hair gel could be a pollen magnet? Skip the sticky stuff during allergy season for a little extra relief.
For more information about how you can keep allergies away this season, make sure you visit the MinuteClinic website. It’s one less thing for you to worry about so you can focus on having some fun with your family!
Let’s Discuss: What causes your seasonal allergies and how do you get some relief?
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