Allergies are nothing to sneeze at

Spring in Wyoming means two things; snow melts and the whole state begins to bloom. While this time of year is a welcome one; the pollen, dust, and snow mold aren’t. Most allergies can be minor but some suffer from symptoms and asthma that make the summer miserable.

Seasonal allergies caused by exposure to plant and tree pollen, mold spores, and dust can cause:

  • Red, swollen, watery eyes
  • Itchy nose, eyes, and roof of the mouth
  • Congested and runny nose
  • Sneezing

Aside from avoiding your known triggers, there are over-the-counter medications that can help keep you mostly symptom-free this summer:

  • Neti pot – uses warm saline to wash allergens from your sinuses.
  • Antihistamines – provides relief from sneezing, hives and nasal congestion from exposure to pollen, dust, animal dander. (Claritin, Zyrtec, Benedryl and Allegra)

People with more severe allergies or allergy-induced asthma can seek medications through their doctor or even immunotherapy through an allergist.

Signs to seek medical attention:

  • Eyes swollen and impairing vision
  • Hives due to recent environmental exposure
  • Shortness of breath or chest tightening
  • If you have a swollen tongue or a constricted airway and difficulty breathing HEAD TO THE ER IMMEDIATELY or CALL 911!

Please call any one of our clinics for questions or to make an appointment:

Afton Clinic: 307-885-5852 and Afton Urgent Care: 307-885-5700

Thayne Clinic: 307-883-5852

Alpine Clinic: 307-654-5852 and Alpine Urgent Care: 307-654-5700

 

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