Take Control of Your Allergy Symptoms With Treatment in Chestnut Hill, MA
Seasonal allergies are often brought on by exposure to pollen, a harmless airborne substance released by many blooming plants, trees, weeds, and grasses. Collectively known as hay fever, the hallmark symptoms include nasal congestion, itchy eyes, and frequent sneezing. Hay fever occurs when the body’s immune system misidentifies pollen as a threat and releases histamines in defense.
The amount of pollen in the air can depend on the season and the geographic area. Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, often has a significant spring allergy season. Allergies to the pollen produced by birch and oak trees are particularly common. Additionally, some people have allergic reactions to grass pollen in the early summer and weed pollen in the fall, remaining symptomatic throughout the warmer seasons. The good news is that relief is available through PhysicianOne Urgent Care if you need it.
What Allergy Treatments Are Available?
Allergy treatment can help a great deal, and the options have changed over the past 10 years, with several first-line medications now readily accessible over the counter. Therefore, when you consult with the team at PhysicianOne Urgent Care, we won’t necessarily send a prescription to a pharmacy right away. Instead, we’ll provide you with personalized advice and let you know which over-the-counter remedies we think you should try. For instance, we might suggest that you begin with:
- A non-sedative antihistamine for your runny nose
- A steroid nasal spray for your sinus congestion
- Antihistamine eye drops for your itchy, water eyes
If you need further relief from congested sinuses, we might recommend a nasal decongestant (but not for daily use, since it’s a medication you could become overly reliant on).
If your allergy symptoms are not well-controlled, you might find it helpful to have a skin or blood test, which can identify your specific “triggers.” Then, you can take steps to avoid them. You may also benefit from allergy shots.
For effective allergy treatment, you can rely on the providers at PhysicianOne Urgent Care in Chestnut Hill, where we’re available 365 days per year. Simply stop by when it’s most convenient for you, or check in online before you come in.