Seasonal Allergies

Allergies, Allergies, Allergies
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Sniff, sniff.  Cough, cough. Scratch, scratch.

Hmmm.  Must be allergy season.

Well, since it always seems to be allergy season here in Texas, someone is always looking for relief. And if the cause isn’t seasonal, then they can happen anytime the body reacts to an allergen.

Allergies come in many types, sizes and causes.  And there are a range of symptoms.

Allergies are the immune system’s response to a foreign substance not typically harmful to the body.  Allergens range from foods to pollens to pet dander.  Some people are more sensitive to some allergens than to others and some people, not at all.

Symptoms range, too, from congestion, runny nose and swollen eyes for seasonal allergies; to allergic reactions that result in:

  • Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Sore throat
  • Hives
  • Swollen eyes
  • Itching and burning

As for relief, here are some of the things you can do to relieve your symptoms and breath again. Most are medications that include these over-the-counter (OTC) medication types:

  • Antihistamines
  • Corticosteroids
  • Decongestants

There are also a number of prescribed medications that should only be dispensed and managed by medical professionals.

When should you seek professional help?  That is, when should you visit an acute care center?

  • When your symptoms become unmanageable and your regular physician is unavailable.
  • If your symptoms become life-threatening:
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Lightheadedness
    • Loss of consciousness

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

Telling the Difference Between Seasonal Allergies and COVID-19
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With allergy season coinciding with the global pandemic, it bears repeating that we should all consider the similarities and differences between the symptoms for the two afflictions. Before you run off to be tested, consider which symptoms go with with which illness.  Let’s list the symptoms of each and those they have in common (data courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control):

  • Symptoms more common of COVID-19
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea
    • Fever and chills
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Muscle and body aches
  • Symptoms more common of seasonal allergies
    • Itchy or watery eyes
    • Sneezing
  • Symptoms common of both:
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fatigue
    • Headache

If you are showing signs of a fever, shortness of breath, coughing or headache, you should be seen by a physician to see if you require testing.  Older adults or people who have severe underlying chronic conditions like heart or lung disease, diabetes seem to be at a higher risk.  Please do not hesitate to see a doctor.

Should you have any further questions, please consult this additional information on our website or give us a call.