Battling Fall Allergies?
Treating Fall Allergies
Fall allergies are extremely common and can be detrimental to an individual’s everyday life. The symptoms that arise from allergies tend to interfere with one’s daily functions such as sleep and concentration. In order to effectively treat these fall allergies, we must understand what fall allergies really are and why they create such discomfort. Before treating yourself, it is important to understand your body and how it reacts to certain allergens or environmental triggers.
Symptoms of Common Fall Allergies
Allergens such as mold, pollen, animal hair, and dust can trigger fall allergies and cause moderate to severe symptoms. Common symptoms or signs of an allergic attack include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, itchy throat, and headaches. When allergens invade your body, your immune system responds by releasing a surge of chemicals, including histamine, in order to flush them out of your system.
Questions to Reflect On
These are some helpful questions to ask yourself so you can distinguish your triggers and treat your fall allergies accordingly:
- What symptoms occur?
- Does being outdoors or indoors trigger your symptoms more?
- What where you doing that triggered these symptoms?
(I.e: cleaning, petting animals, smoking cigarettes, etc)
- What relieves you of your symptoms?
- What treatments have you tried that work?
- What treatments have you tried that are ineffective or exacerbate allergic flare ups?
By reflecting on these questions, you will better equip yourself with the knowledge to treat your fall allergies and take preventative actions.
Treatment Options for Fall Allergies
Depending on your personal experience with fall allergies, there are various ways to treat this discomfort. If the symptoms you are experiencing are severe, it is best to seek medical help at Docs Urgent Care or other healthcare facilities. A medical professional will evaluate your medical/medication history to determine what treatment is most effective for you.
Some control measures to consider are:
- Buy a dehumidifier
- Check pollen levels
- Remove pollen from furniture and clothing
- Wear protective clothing/allergen-free clothing
- Keep pets off personal items & bed
These helpful fall allergy tips can help provide needed relief. Take the time to experiment with these control measures and determine what alleviates your symptoms. If self-treatment is an appropriate option for you, it’s still recommended to see a professional in order to prevent contraindications and drug interactions.
If you suffer with fall allergies and are seeking a personal treatment plan, schedule an appointment today at DOCS Urgent Care. We have 15 different Urgent Care locations in Connecticut that offer allergy testing, treatment services, and preventative methods. These clinics are run by allergists and healthcare professionals who ensure the highest standard of patient care. We accept most major insurances too!