Recent heavy rainfall has kept allergy triggers around longer than usual this summer. In fact, over 100 Central Floridians turned to Centra Care last week for allergy complications like hay fever, that are typically seen in the spring.
Centra Care’s 22 locations saw an 80% increase in adult cases and a 200% increase in pediatric cases of allergic rhinitis.
Symptoms of allergies often mimic those of a cold — sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and lots of sneezing. 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 can relieve mild to moderate symptoms and are available in drowsy and non-drowsy varieties.
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 may be recommended for unavoidable allergens that produce hard to control symptoms. They can make your immune system less sensitive to allergens.