For the more than 50 million allergy sufferers in the US, it may come as no surprise that spring is a peak allergy season. It is when all the trees and grasses come back to life – and that means they are spreading their pollen everywhere. The result? Sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. Although you probably take antihistamines if you’re an allergy sufferer, we have two tips for you to avoid the worst – and something to watch out for.
If you are an allergy sufferer, you know roughly when you see your worst symptoms. In Lake Worth and the Palm Beaches, the highest pollen counts are in late March and April. That means you should have started taking your allergy medicine in the beginning of March.
By taking allergy medicine early, you prepare your body. You prime it with a lot of antihistamines so that when the invaders come (i.e. the pollen), your body already knows that it’s coming and it doesn’t react with anger. In fact, because of the antihistamines, it just doesn’t react – no sneezing, no runny nose, no itchy eyes. The histamine that would have been produced isn’t produced.
Of course, some people cannot take antihistamines. In this case, we recommend you come to our Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches any day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday, and let us find a solution for you.
2. Get up early
Starting early with your allergy medicine isn’t the only thing you should do early. Spring pollen tends to be worst in the late afternoon and evening. That means if you are planning to spend significant amounts of time outside, you should aim for morning hours. Although your antihistamine is effective against pollen, it’s still best to ensure that you’re not overexposing yourself.
And don’t give into the temptation to take a selfie among the blooming flowers! While you may not have a reaction at the time due to your antihistamine, you’ll get the pollen on your clothes and hair, and you’re sure to have a reaction when the medicine wears off.
3. Watch out for asthma
In some cases, the allergy response moves south into your lungs and chest, giving rise to symptoms more typical of asthma: shortness of breath, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. If you are an allergy sufferer and are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s high time to pop in to our urgent care in Lake Worth to get your symptoms checked out and get some relief.
Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches – Urgent Care Wellington and Lake Worth
Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches has three locations to serve you. Our location on Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach is easy to access from Lake Worth and Wellington. We are open seven days a week to serve you better. If you are experiencing unbearable allergy symptoms and you think your antihistamine isn’t serving you well anymore, walk in to our urgent care in Lake Worth without an appointment and let’s find a better solution together.