Allergies - Your Guide to Understanding and Managing Symptoms

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It might seem like a cold at first, but with over half (54.6%) of U.S. residents estimated to test positive for at least one or more allergens, that stuffy nose might actually be allergies. Since it can be hard to tell, here"s what you need to know about seasonal allergies, and what can be done to reduce or eliminate your symptoms this year.

Question: What is an allergy?

Answer: An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to an inappropriate stimulus, such as dust, food, medication, pet dander, moldand often in the Springtime pollens, grasses and weeds. The immune system believes it is being invaded by a parasite rather than a harmless allergen in the environment, and therefore it rallies its defenses to fight off the enemy.

Common Symptoms of Allergies Include Congestion, Sneezing, Runny nose, Itchy nose and Eye redness, itchiness and watering.

Although many individuals only have occasional or seasonal allergies, some people may suffer from year-round issues. The best way to find out what you"re dealing with for sure, is to have a medical professional conduct a complete examination of your sinuses, ears and throat. This can help rule out any non-allergy related issues like infection.

A recent study determined 50% of homes had at least six detectable allergens present.

Question: What do I do if it is determined that I have an allergy?

Answer: Fortunately, there are a variety of applicable treatment options that can help reduce and even end allergic reactions. Some of the more common options are over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal decongestants. But there are also physician prescribed options that may be better for some individuals.

The AFC Urgent Care Guide to Allergies will help you understand seasonal allergies and allergy symptoms so you can take action and stop suffering from allergic reactions.
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