Allergy sufferers – get your tissues ready. As we approach fall, ragweed is the predominant pollen. Allergy symptoms get worse with dry, breezy conditions that disperse the pollen particles through the air. It’s not surprising that Centra Care locations are reporting an increase in cases of Allergic Rhinitis, more commonly known as allergies.
Lee Road Centra Care reported an 800% increase in patients being treated for allergies. Other centers that saw an increase in cases of Allergic Rhinitis were:
● Altamonte Springs, Oviedo: up 200%
● Waterford Lakes: up 300% (kids)
Symptoms of allergies can be very similar to those of a cold — runny or stuffy nose, sore throat and lots of sneezing. Itchy eyes are a symptom of allergies, but not colds; and, generally fatigue and fever are not allergy symptoms. Allergies can also bring on headaches.
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 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 may be recommended for unavoidable allergens that produce hard to control symptoms. They can make your immune system less sensitive to allergens.
● You may find relief with over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen. For migraine sufferers, prescription medicine may be prescribed.