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Springtime stuffiness: common seasonal allergies

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Springtime stuffiness: common seasonal allergies

Understanding Seasonal Allergies

Springtime means longer days, warmer weather, and outdoor activities. As we venture back into the great outdoors, you may find yourself with a tickle in your nose or an itch in your throat—seasonal allergies may be the culprit.

Learn more about what seasonal allergies may be the source of your stuffy nose and other symptoms this time of year.

What are Environmental Allergies?

When your body sees foreign substances as potentially harmful, it causes your immune system to overreact. The symptoms brought on by this immune response are what we refer to as an allergic reaction.

Environmental allergens can enter your body in the following ways:

  • Inhaled through your nose and mouth into your lungs.
  • Your skin can absorb allergens through contact.
  • Allergens can be injected into your skin through bites and stings.

Common Seasonal Allergies

During the spring and summer months, there is an influx of certain environmental allergens that can bring on a reaction. Some of the most common environmental triggers and irritants that bring on allergy symptoms during the spring and summer months include:

  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Mold spores
  • Grass
  • Ragweed
  • Bug bites and stings

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of an allergic reaction can range in severity, becoming potentially fatal in some cases. Some of the most common allergic reactions include:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Inflammation
  • Chest tightness
  • Rashes
  • Hives
  • Watery eyes
  • Wheezing
  • Tongue swelling
  • Throat closing
  • Redness

Treatment

There are a variety of ways to treat symptoms of seasonal allergies. One important tip to remember is to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. This helps your body rid itself of toxins, and by limiting your exposure to all toxins, you may be able to reduce your allergy symptoms. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are available to sufferers, and there are many alternative therapies for symptoms of seasonal allergies. We can help you learn how to manage your seasonal allergy symptoms at The Good Clinic.

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At The Good Clinic, our philosophy is that you’re in charge of your health—we are here to support you. Good health happens when patients have a close relationship with their primary care team.

Whether you need an annual check-up, have health concerns, or anything in between—call (612) 284-8206 to schedule your next visit.