Allergies seem to really be affecting folks in Central Florida these days (insert sneeze here). Centra Care physicians have seen a rise in cases of allergic rhinitis in both adult and pediatric patients. The following locations saw the greatest increase from the previous week.
Kissimmee – up 300% (kids)
Dr. Phillips & Hunter’s Creek – up 200%
Lee Rd & Waterford Lakes – up 200% (kids)
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Symptoms of allergies often mimic those 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 over the counter and prescription medications 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.