Thank you to CVS MinuteClinic for sponsoring this post. Opinions are my own.
Have you found yourself sneezing and rubbing your eyes lately? If you’re like me, Spring allergies have you doing that more often than usual this time of year. Jackson and I both have pretty severe allergies, so I have to make sure that each Spring we are prepared with plenty of nose spray and antihistamines so that we won’t be miserable.
CVS MinuteClinic wants to make sure you and your family make it through the Spring allergy season feeling great. Here are a few tips to ensure just that.
What IS an allergy?
An allergy is the body’s hypersensitivity to substances in the environment. Mold, dust, pollen, pet dander, and even some foods can cause allergic reactions.
What causes seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergies are a reaction to small airborne substances. These allergens are small proteins that usually float around in the spring, summer and fall.
So, those springtime colds may actually be allergies?
Yes. A cold will typically clear up pretty quickly, within 7-10 days. Allergies may last weeks or even months!
Colds vs. Allergies
Did you know that 35 million Americans suffer from allergies and don’t even know it? That’s because many people confuse the symptoms of spring allergies with a common cold. Here’s what you need to know about the two:
The main difference between a cold and allergies is that a cold is caused by a viral infection while allergy symptoms are caused by your body’s own immune system’s attempt to fight off an allergen.
If you start sniffling and coughing at the same time each year and your symptoms come on suddenly, it may be allergies.
If you have a cough, it’s probably a cold. Most people with a cold will have a cough, but not everyone with allergies has this symptom.
If you’re aching all over, it’s probably a cold, not allergies. Aches and pains are not symptoms of allergies.
Itchy eyes are a common symptom of allergies but RARELY occur with the common cold!
If you have a fever, it’s not allergies! A fever is sometimes present with a cold, but will never occur with allergies.
Treatment and Relief:
How can I protect my family and myself?
Symptoms can usually be controlled with treatment. Nasal saline, decongestants and over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines may help relieve symptoms as well.
So, how do I get allergy relief?
There are plenty of options! At MinuteClinic, our nurse practitioners and physicians assistants can recommend the right over-the-counter medications and write prescriptions when medically appropriate.
If you’re diagnosed with allergies, medication may help relieve your symptoms. The best way to treat allergies is to avoid the allergen – whatever it may be.
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