beeFor New Englanders, spring should be a time to rejoice, as the brutal Northeast winter has officially ended. Yet, for the 30 million Americans who suffer from allergies, it’s difficult to enjoy this beautiful time of the year when you’re constantly sneezing, coughing or rubbing your eyes.

Allergies often confuse people suffering from their symptoms, as many remain undiagnosed as mistake their allergies for an illness. Meanwhile, others seek out the correct treatment options but misuse the medications they either purchased or were prescribed. Use the following guide to correctly manage your seasonal allergies during this dreadful allergy season:

Medications

Antihistamines

Antihistamines are pharmaceutical drugs that are primarily used to treat allergic reactions. Histamines are substances that are attributed to causing these allergy symptoms and by combating them, the symptoms are dramatically lessened. Antihistamines work to relieve allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose and skin infections.

Nasal Steroids

Nasal steroids are used to effectively eliminate allergy symptoms like congestion and watery eyes. When used in moderation nasal steroids are perfectly safe for adults. For children, nasal steroids are largely safe as well, but studies show that long-term, chronic use may have a detrimental effect on their growth.

Medication-Free Treatment

Seasonal allergy symptoms can be considerably lessened by being mindful of different allergic triggers. Pollen is the primary cause of spring allergies and checking websites that measure when the pollen count is high is one way to monitor these triggers. By staying inside on days with a high pollen count, you’ll be reducing the chances of you developing allergic symptoms.

For allergy consulting, visit us at AFC Urgent Care in Springfield or West Springfield, MA where we can help you better understand your allergies, and, if necessary, prescribe you with the medication you need to enjoy your spring. For more information, call us at 413.781.0100 in West Springfield or at 413.782.4878 in Springfield, MA.

We look forward to helping you enjoy an allergy-less spring!