Seasonal allergy symptoms affect nearly 36 million Americans every year according to the Food and Drug Administration. Do you have seasonal allergies? Chances are you do! Weeks of watery and itchy eyes, a runny nose, and nasal congestion are the miserable allergy symptoms. With seasonal allergies (also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis), the body mistakenly accepts the allergen, such as pollen as bacteria, and your immune system jumps on into the act releasing a chemical called histamine. It's the histamine that causes your symptoms and is why over the counter medications for seasonal allergy symptoms are called antihistamines.
In the summer roughly 90% of hay fever sufferers are affected by grass pollens. “People generally have tried the over the counter antihistamines before they come in to see me. Some may be on their way to a sinus infection by the time they seek medical advice” says Dr. John, “but the good news is that with the right course of treatment they feel better quickly.”
How do you know if you have a seasonal allergies or a cold? Here are some common seasonal allergy symptoms:
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms or a Cold?
SYMPTOM SEASONAL ALLERGY COMMON COLD
Cough Sometimes Yes
Aches-Pains No Sometimes
Itchy Eyes Yes Rare
Sneezing Sometimes Yes
Stuffy Nose Yes Yes
Fever No Rare
DURATION Up to 6 weeks 3 days to 2 weeks
Treatment for Seasonal Allergy Symptoms at Sunset Walk-In Healthcare
When seasonal allergy symptoms become unbearable to live with even with home remedies and over the counter antihistamines, walk-in to Sunset Walk-In Healthcare/Urgent Care clinic. John Foster, MD aka Dr. John will evaluate your symptoms and make recommendations. He may prescribe nasal steroids, which you can’t get over the counter, but are the most effective treatments for allergic rhinitis. For severe allergies, he may recommend a combination of treatments to get you back on track quickly and effectively.