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How Can I Tell if I am Having an Allergic Reaction?

With nicer weather comes heightened risk of allergy symptoms and reactions, especially as you begin to spend more time outdoors. Certain allergens, especially pollen, can trigger symptoms almost instantaneously and cause discomfort. If you begin to exhibit symptoms, visit AFC Urgent Care New Bedford for immediate treatment.

Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction

You’ll notice an uptick in symptoms when your body develops a response to particles floating through the air. Hay fever and spring allergies affect one-tenth of the population and display symptoms after exposure to allergens commonly found outside including grass, pollen and mold. Certain flowers and trees may also cause a flareup in symptoms. Certain allergens such as mold may be present all year but can present more pronounced symptoms in the spring and summer, when the weather is nicer and there’s less snow to wash it away. Seasonal allergic reactions are more common with outdoor allergens, but are also possible indoors due to pet dander and mold. If you begin to experience an allergy attack, you may experience:

  • Eye irritation
  • Throat congestion and coughing
  • Persistent itching in the ear and nose
  • Wheezing
  • Mild to severe headache
  • Asthma attack

How Can I Treat My Seasonal Allergies?

The easiest way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid exposure to your known allergens. While you can avoid pet dander by not keeping animals in your home and remove mold from cold, dark areas of your home such as your basement, you may run into difficulty avoiding all outdoor allergens as pollen is produced and your neighbors resume lawn care. While indoors, make sure your air conditioners are fitted with HEPA filters in order to remove particles that have been tracked indoors. Using your air conditioner also prevents the spread of dust that has been collecting on hard-to-reach ceiling fans, which can cause a reaction. After returning from the outdoors, make sure you remove your shoes and jacket and keep them near your front door in order to contain the spread of pollen and other allergens, which can become embedded in your carpet and upholstery. When you go outdoors for longer periods of time, whether to go for a walk or to bring your children to a local park to play, consider wearing a painter’s mask or surgical mask to filter out pollen from the air you breathe in. If you begin to experience symptoms, visit AFC Urgent Care New Bedford for treatment, including over-the-counter medications or prescriptions to reduce the effect of symptoms.