Spring is in full swing and soon summertime will be upon us. Americans are excited to get outdoors and enjoy recreational activities with their families such as boating, camping, hiking, and social gatherings.

Spring and summer can be unpleasant for Americans who suffer from pollen allergies. Pollen is the most common cause of seasonal allergies. Pollen counts are at their highest in the spring and summer and can be found all around the outdoors. 

With these threats of pollen allergens all around us, what should you do when you have pollen allergies?

What is Pollen?

Plants produce pollen in every spring, summer, and fall. These small grains act as a fertilizer to other plants of the same species. When grasses produce pollen, the grains are light and travel by the wind. There are many different types of pollen.

Plants that produce the highest levels of pollen include grass, sagebrush, tumbleweed. Trees, including the birch, cedar, and oak varieties also produce high levels of pollen.

Plants such as rose bushes, and other plants that are pollinated with insects, do not produce pollen.

Symptoms of Pollen Allergy

Pollen allergies occur only when the particular pollen allergen for which you are allergic is in the air. Symptoms of pollen allergies include:

  • Red Watery Eyes
  • Runny Nose
  • Sneezing
  • Facial Swelling Under the Eyes
  • Mucus
  • Congestion
  • How Can I Reduce My Exposure to Pollen?

You can check local pollen counts online by accessing your local weather forecast. Avoid the outdoors on high pollen count days. You should always stay indoors on windy days to avoid aggravating your allergies.

Tips to Ease Your Pollen Allergy Symptoms

The following tips will decrease your contact with pollen allergens. 

  • Avoid Cutting Grass and Other Lawn Work
  • Remove Clothing and Shower Off When Entering Your Home 
  • Clean your House Regularly, Dust, Vacuum
  • Change Air Filters Regularly, Use High Quality Filters
  • Practice Good Hand Washing Habits

You can also try over-counter-medications to treat your symptoms, including allergy medications and decongestants.

Stop in at Your Local Urgent Care Center Today

Urgent Care Centers are located throughout the country and provide patients with healthcare services on a walk-in basis. This means the Urgent Care’s team of qualified medical professionals is there to service you when you need them most.

If OTC medications and the preventative tips are not relieving your symptoms, you may need prescription medication. Urgent Care can diagnose, treat, and provide you with medication that provides you with the relief you need from pollen. Contact Urgent Care, or stop in today, to learn more about their services.