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CareXpress Urgent Care Discusses Fall Allergies

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There are many things to love about fall such as orange leaves, crisp air, and warm beverages. Unfortunately, for many of you fall only means that your allergies have flared up. Perhaps you’ve already been diagnosed with fall allergies at CareXpress Urgent Care or perhaps you just woke up and noticed something was different this fall.

Today, we’re discussing the three most common fall allergy triggers which are; Ragweed, mold and dust mites.

1.) Ragweed: Just like spring flowers, this bothersome pollen gets released into the air on warm days and into cool nights starting around August. The wind-traveling pollen can reach people hundreds of miles away and stick around well into October.

2.) Mold: It could be from damp areas in your house or even from mold spores growing outside in piles of damp leaves, corners of the house where water puddles or mushy spots in your grass. Just being around this can cause an uproar of allergies.

3.) Dust mites: When you turn on your heater for the first time this fall you may notice a funny smell. That “funny smell” is because dust has accumulated on either the heating elements or the heat exchanger. Before you know it those dust mites are whirling around your house and causing allergic reactions.

The symptoms of fall allergies can include:

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Dark circles under the eyes

Not all allergy issues are urgent care worthy, but if you feel you need something stronger than over the counter medications to help you with your allergies, don’t hesitate to visit an urgent care near you. Perhaps now you can be better equipped to deal with those pesky allergies with your new knowledge of what the fall allergy symptoms are and how they can sometimes be triggered by different things around you. Since you certainly can’t stop living life or stay indoors just to avoid the allergens, you just have to be careful.

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Urgent Care News: Flu Season Has Arrived

Urgent Care Topic: Amarillo, Texas Flu Cases Increasing

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Earlier in the year, influenza (the flu) experts predicted that the flu season would arrive late to the Amarillo, Texas area as very few cases had been reported, but that has changed. According to the Department of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo sees the flu hit around February, but the last few years the peak has arrived in December or January. CareXpress Urgent Care has already treated several cases of the flu and we’re here to let you know that we can help as the flu has arrived!

People often mistake the nicer winter weather as a sign that the flu or other illnesses aren’t something to be worried about, but people who have not received their flu shots are at risk. Think about touching a germ filled door knob, shaking hands with someone who is sick, or spreading germs from one surface to the next.

The top recommendation from our urgent care for flu season would be to keep on eye on your immune system. If you notice any of these flu symptoms, seek treatment:

  • Severe aches in the muscles and joints
  • Pain and tiredness around your eyes
  • Weakness or extreme fatigue
  • Warm, flushed skin and red, watery eyes
  • A headache
  • A dry cough
  • A sore throat and runny nose

Secondly, if you haven’t received a flu shot come on in! Our urgent care nurses would be happy to help you protect yourself and others. Lastly, the best thing you can do other than prevention is to keep your hands washed thoroughly, cover your sneezes and coughs, and stay home if you do get sick.

If you need a flu shot or treatment for the flu, please feel free to visit CareXpress Urgent Care.

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Solutions for Seasonal Allergies

Do seasonal allergies have you in a fog? The most effective way to treat your allergies is always with the help of medical professionals but if you’re looking for alternative methods, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions.

Herbs and supplements

  • Green tea – a natural antihistamine
  • Butterbur
  • Licorice root – also helps loosen mucus, so your breathing will be easier.
  • Quarcetin – found in many teas, onions, grapes and tomatoes

Changes in diet

  • Add cayenne pepper, hot ginger, jalapenos to help alleviate sinus pressure.screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-3-34-12-pm
  • Dried fruits and dairy products can cause blood vessels in your nose to swell so limiting the intact could help your allergies.
  • Those that are allergic to ragweed, pollen or other outdoor pollen should avoid eating melons, bananas, cucumber, sunflower seeds or chamomile.

Acupuncture
Is known to reduce allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose and puffy eyes.

Many people believe a Neti pot helps remove the dust and pollen from your nose. Though, some store bought solutions can remove good bacteria with the dust and pollen leaving you more susceptible.