Treating Seasonal Allergies with Shaylar Padgett, MD
When we think of allergy season, we normally think of springtime – but seasonal allergies can strike in the fall and summer, too. Common seasonal allergies are typically caused by exposure to pollen and can lead to uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
- A runny or stuffy nose.
- Itchy, watery eyes.
- Itchy throat, sinuses or ear canals.
If you are affected by seasonal allergies, one of the best ways to help yourself feel better is by reducing your exposure to pollen. If you’ve been outside for a long time, it’s important to change clothes and take a shower when you go back indoors. Keeping windows and doors closed during allergy season helps keep irritating allergens out of your home, and closing your car windows helps protect you from pollen as you drive.
If you are experiencing more severe or persistent allergy symptoms, reach out to your health care provider for help. A primary care provider can begin treatment with over-the-counter allergy medication and can also refer you to an allergist for further care.
About the Author
Shaylar Padgett, MD is an Allergist and Immunologist with the Allergy and Asthma Center of North Carolina - Greensboro