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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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CareXpress Urgent Care Explains Differences Between Allergy Shots And Medication

Urgent Care Shots Vs. Allergy Medication

Perhaps you’re a regular at CareXpress Urgent Care, or maybe you’ve just recently become aware that you have allergies. Sometimes allergies bother people more when a shift in weather or visitation to new places occurs (day care, new school, new office building, etc.). If you’ve ever suffered, you know the misery that comes along with the watery eyes and, seemingly, uninterrupted sneezing. You should also know that there are a lot of different ways to prevent those awful allergy symptoms. Depending on the level of severity you may be given a choice to have an allergy shot or to take allergy medication.

What’s the difference between an allergy shot and allergy medication?

There are 4 basic types of allergy medications and they include:

  • Antihistamines: These work to help your body’s immune system fight off the histamine that is released during your allergy attack. This is why the antihistamine can help to prevent stuffiness, congestion and itching. They do not help with symptoms you already have and should be taken up to 2 weeks prior to allergy problems occurring.
  • Decongestants: Decongestants are used to cure the symptoms you already have and cannot be used as a preventative method, so if you are prone to having congestion during your allergies, you will need to take a decongestant in order to alleviate your symptoms.
  • Nasal Sprays: As the name suggests, they are used to treat nasal congestion, stuffiness and redness during your allergies.
  • Steroids: These are stronger than antihistamines, but they are used much in the same way. They are best used as a preventative, taken at least 2 weeks in advance. This method works to prevent against allergies and combat stuffiness, redness and itching.

Allergy shots are a stronger treatment method, generally, used to treat more severe cases of allergies in which people suffer from things like:

  • Intense rashes
  • Shortness of breath
  • And if you suffer from allergies at least 3 months out of the year

As you may find on WebMD, allergy medications or shots may be more risky for people with heart or lung disease, or who take certain medications. Always be certain to tell your doctor about all health conditions and any medicines you take, so that you can decide if allergy medications or shots are right for you. Our urgent care offers many treatment options so if you’re in need of assistance, don’t wait to make an appointment! Just come on in!

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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.