Dr. B. Well –  Spring Forward & Breathe Better

Spring forward and breathe better! Dr. B. Well here with CommunityMed Family Urgent Care. We love the pleasant temperatures that arrive with Spring, but wish the sneezing and runny nose would blow away!

Being aware of the common allergy triggers in Texas and knowing your best defense against allergies can help you breathe easier this Spring!

  • The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen. Trees, grasses, and weeds release tiny grains into the air to fertilize other plants. When these get into your nose, it can cause the body’s defenses to go haywire, if you’re allergic to pollen.
  • Pollen isn’t just on the plants in your neighborhood. It can travel for miles.
    Triggers include:
    Trees
    Alder
    Ash
    Aspen
    Beech
    Box elder
    Cedar
    Cottonwood
    Cypress
    Elm
    Hickory
    Juniper
    Maple
    Mulberry
    Oak
    Olive
    Palm
    Pine
    Poplar
    Sycamore
    Willow

 

  • Grasses and Weeds
    Bermuda
    Fescue
    Johnson
    June
    Orchard
    Perennial rye
    Redtop
    Saltgrass
    Sweet vernal
    Timothy
  • Pollen counts tend to be particularly high on breezy days when the wind picks up. Rainy days help wash away the allergens.

Common Allergy Symptoms:
Runny nose
Watery eyes
Sneezing
Coughing
Itchy eyes and nose
Dark circles under the eyes

The differences in over-the-counter options:
Decongestants shrink the blood vessels in the nasal passageways to help relieve congestion and swelling.
Antihistamines reduce sneezing, sniffling, and itching by lowering the amount of histamine in your body.
Antihistamine/decongestant combos
combine the effects of both drugs.
Nasal spray decongestants relieve congestion and may clear clogged nasal passages faster than oral decongestants without some of the side effects.
Steroid nasal sprays ease inflammation and are the preferred initial treatment. Only three, budesonide (Rhinocort Allergy), fluticasone (Flonase), and triamcinolone (Nasacort Allergy 24HR), are available over the counter. Cromolyn sodium nasal spray can help prevent hay fever by stopping the release of histamine before it can trigger allergy symptoms.
Eye drops relieve itchy, watery eyes. Ketotifen (Zaditor) is available over the counter.

How to Handle Spring Allergies (Ask a Professional)
Even though you can buy these allergy drugs without a prescription, it’s a good idea to talk to a medical provider first to make sure you choose the right medication. Some antihistamines can make you feel sleepy, so non-drowsy types are also available. We can help you with choosing the right medication or prescription! Walk-in to CommunityMed Family Urgent Care. You can check-in easily online. We’re open 7 days a week, including weekends, until 8pm!

Visit our location page now to find the closest clinic.

Have a question for Dr. B. Well? Send it to: marketing@cmucs.com.

 

Information Source: https://www.webmd.com/allergies/spring-allergies#2

 

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