What Are Allergies?
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, more than 50 million people experience allergies every year, making them the sixth leading cause of chronic illness among Americans. Knoxville, which often has one of the highest pollen counts in the country, is no exception!
Our team at AFC Urgent Care of Knoxville wants to offer some tips on how you can tackle allergies this year.
Am I Suffering From Allergies or a Cold?
Cold and allergy symptoms are often very similar, making it difficult to tell which is which. In general, you’re likely experiencing allergies if they linger for several days to a week or if they seem to worsen in conjunction with exposure to known external allergens, like pollen or mold.
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Itchy nose
- Sinus Pressure
- Runny nose
Can My Allergies Be Prevented?
While you can’t totally eliminate allergy issues, you can take steps to make allergic reactions less likely. This is especially important if you’re experiencing seasonal allergies, which are affected by pollen levels—something that is outside of your control.
Ways to Alleviate Allergy Symptoms
- Stay indoors if the pollen counts are high and you have seasonal allergies.
- Wear a mask whenever possible, especially for yard work.
- Take a shower after being outdoors.
- Use a nasal spray or other OTC decongestant or antihistamine.
Are you suffering from allergies? Our team at AFC Urgent Care of Knoxville is here to help! Stop by today to confirm a diagnosis and create a treatment plan.