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Allergies, Cold or Flu? What to attribute your sniffles to?

Allergy sufferers can probably tell you – this is ragweed season.  Couple that with the warm, breezy weather Central Florida has been experiencing and it’s no wonder so many folks have been turning to Centra Care because of allergy complications.  Here are the Centra Care locations that saw the biggest allergy-related increases:

Sanford – up 500%

Waterford Lakes – up 400% in kids

Kissimmee – up 300%

Altamonte Springs – up 300% in kids

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Symptoms of allergies often mimic those of a cold and since it’s cold and flu season, how do you know what you’ve got?  Well, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and lots of sneezing can be attributed to any of those but pay close attention to your symptoms.  Itchy eyes are a symptom of allergies, but not colds; and, fatigue and high fever are not allergy symptoms, they’re flu symptoms.

Having allergies doesn’t just mean you have to suffer, though.  Over the counter and prescription medications are available to bring relief to allergy sufferers.


  • 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 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.