We are entering that time of year again! The flowers and trees are blooming, and the pollen count is rising. Before you know it, you are going to be starting to experience the lovely symptoms of spring allergies.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care North Carolina wants you to know how to recognize the signs of seasonal allergies this spring so that you can do all you can to prevent and treat them.

When Is Allergy Season?

That’s a tricky question! Here in the south, allergy season is pretty much year-round. What changes is what allergens are currently active.

During the spring season, tree pollens tend to be the biggest trigger of allergy symptoms. In the summer, the ragweed can take a toll on allergy sufferers.

Symptoms of Spring Allergies

  • Itchy eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Swollen sinuses
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Scratchy throat
  • Post-nasal drip

What Is the Difference Between a Cold and Spring Allergies?

They cause similar symptoms, but how long they lost is what differs. While most cold symptoms tend to only stick around for three to 14 days, the symptoms of spring allergies can linger for a while.

As long as the allergy triggers are around, the symptoms of allergies are sticking around, too, which is why it is important to do all you can to prevent seasonal allergies from getting the best of your spring days.

Ways to Prevent Spring Allergies

  • Close windows and doors.
  • Take a shower every night.
  • Wear a mask when doing yard work.
  • Follow a healthy diet.
  • Make sure to stay hydrated.
  • Take an OTC antihistamine as a preventive.
  • Use a nasal spray.

Are you tired of living with seasonal allergies? We don’t blame you! Schedule an AFC TeleCare appointment with one of our AFC Urgent Care North Carolina locations today. Get the care you need in the comfort of home.