Spring is not the only season to blame for seasonal allergies. Depending on what you’re allergic to, you could have seasonal allergies in summer, fall, or winter. At Swetech Medical Center in Clinton Township, we first determine whether the discomfort you’re suffering is caused by allergies. Then, we uncover the source of the allergies and when they’re most likely to affect you. Most of all, we develop a plan for effective, long-lasting relief from the symptoms so you can live a healthy, happy life and not dread what will happen to your body when the seasons change.
Is It Really Allergies?
When a person’s immune system reacts abnormally to what is typically a harmless substance, that’s considered an allergy. Seasonal allergies are usually caused by pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds and react with antibodies in the body, producing unwanted symptoms. Allergies can also masquerade as a lot of other health problems, from a cold to a sinus infection.
The symptoms of seasonal allergies can include:
- Runny nose
- Itchy nose
- Nasal congestion
- Post-nasal drip
- Itchy eyes
- Puffy or red eyes
- Watery eyes
Not everyone will experience all these symptoms of allergies, and there are people who could have other seasonal allergy symptoms. Treating allergies with over-the-counter remedies can sometimes help, but attempting to attack the discomfort with cold or flu formulas will not make a dent in real allergies. And you never want to take medication to fight any irritation without speaking with your doctor first, especially if you’re already taking prescription drugs.
The best way to know if your symptoms are actually a sign of seasonal allergies is to see your primary care physician. Through an exam, your physician can rate the appearance of your nasal mucous membranes, for example, which can confirm or refute allergies. If it’s clear you’re suffering from allergies but their identity is unclear, your doctor may recommend having allergy testing to identify exactly what’s causing you such grief.
Preventive Measures for Seasonal Allergies
Your doctor of osteopathy will discuss your environment and lifestyle to help determine what measures you can take to minimize exposure to whatever you’re allergic to and reduce your sneezing and sniffling.
Seasonal allergies are caused by pollen in the air, so they’re tough to avoid. However, you can cut back on your pollen exposure.
- Keep your doors and windows closed in your home and car and use central air or heat.
- Do not mow the lawn.
- Limit outdoor activity before 10 o’clock in the morning, which is when pollen count is highest.
- Do not hang laundry outside to dry.
- Wash clothing and shower after spending a lot of time outside.
- Vacation in pollen-free areas, like the beach.
Treatment for Seasonal Allergies in Clinton Township, Michigan
The best way to prevent your allergies from causing such miserable symptoms is avoidance. However, that’s not really a practical solution when you want to be outside in the sunshine or playing with your kids.
You don’t necessarily want to be dependent on over-the-counter medications for allergies, and we don’t want that for you either. Certain osteopathic treatments and therapies can boost blood flow and circulation to help the lymphatic system drain properly and enhance the immune system and bring relief.
At Swetech Medical Center, we are on the health journey with you. Allergies can absolutely affect quality of life, and we want to help you find freedom from your discomfort and symptoms. Contact Swetech Medical Center or Swetech Urgent Care in Clinton Township to discuss your allergy symptoms or concerns about any upper respiratory ailments. The doctors of osteopathy at Swetech Medical Center are invested in your wellness and ready to help you thrive.