What's Going Around | Allergies

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Spring brings beautiful weather but also ugly seasonal allergies. As trees, plants and flowers begin to bloom, adults and children start to sniffle and sneeze.

Symptoms of allergies often mimic that of a cold. Either ailment can cause a sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and lots of sneezing.  So how do you know if it’s allergies or just a cold that’s got you down? Itchy eyes are a symptom of allergies, but not colds; and, generally fatigue and fever are not allergy symptoms. 

There are medication options available to bring relief to allergy sufferers. 

Antihistamines:

  • Antihistamines can relieve mild to moderate symptoms and are available both over-the-counter and by prescription. 

Corticosteroids Nasal Sprays:

  • These prescription nasal sprays are a very effective treatment for allergic rhinitis.

Decongestants:

  • Decongestants can help reduce symptoms such as nasal congestion.  Nasal spray decongestants should not be used for more than 3 days.
  • Saline nasal spray or irrigation can give temporary relief for congestion.

Allergy Shots:

  • Allergy shots may be recommended for unavoidable allergens that produce hard to control symptoms. They can make your immune system less sensitive to allergens.

If you're suffering from allergies and not able to find relief with over-the-counter medicines, visit your local Centra Care location for an evaluation.

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