Most people welcome the first sign of warm weather, but that’s not the case for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. If you’re one of the many, you know that the warm weather means that allergy season has arrived, and it won’t be long before you develop symptoms.

Learn more about seasonal allergies and find out how you can move beyond your symptoms.

It’s a Worldwide Problem

It’s easy to feel like you’re alone when suffering from seasonal allergies. The sneezing, itching, and sniffling can feel isolating, but allergic rhinitis is a problem worldwide. In fact, it’s estimated that 10-30% of people are affected by seasonal allergies.

Millions of Americans Have Sessional Allergies

You can also find fellow allergy sufferers close to home. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergy symptoms on an annual basis. That means there’s a good chance that people in your neighborhood share your symptoms.

Seasonal Allergies Are Chronic

Have you noticed that your seasonal allergies come on year after year? That’s because this is a chronic condition. In fact, it’s the sixth most common cause of chronic illness in the country. Fortunately, allergies are also manageable, so you can take steps to handle your symptoms.

Immunotherapy Might Help

Speaking of ways to treat allergies, immunotherapy reduces symptoms in about 85% of allergy sufferers. If you choose this therapy, your doctor will give you small doses of the allergen that triggers your symptoms. This reduces your body’s sensitivity to the allergen while alleviating inflammation. Over time, the treatment can reduce or eliminate your symptoms, so you’ll welcome the warm weather each year. 

Your House Probably Contains Dog and Cat Allergens

If you are allergic to dogs and cats, you likely live in a pet-free home. However, that might not be enough to prevent exposure. Close to 90% of households have detectable levels of dog and cat allergens inside. That far exceeds the number of households that own pets.

You can take some steps to reduce the allergens in your home, though. If you don’t have a pet, make sure that you thoroughly wash your hands and clothes when you contact a dog or cat. Otherwise, you can take the allergens inside with you.

If you have pets, you’ll need to go the extra mile to reduce allergens. Bathe your pets one to two times a week and brush them several times a week. Also, stay on top of cleaning to remove pet dander that accumulates on the floors and furniture. You can also use an air filter designed to capture pet allergens.

Finally, you might need to consider treating your allergies. Immunotherapy might be the right choice to reduce your symptoms.

Millions of People Seek Medical Treatment for Seasonal Allergy Relief

Allergy symptoms can be all-consuming, making it hard to work, sleep, and socialize. That explains why nearly 12 million people receive a primary diagnosis of allergic rhinitis when visiting the doctor’s office each year.

Seek Relief From Allergy Symptoms

If the condition feels like an emergency, call 911. If you’re experiencing allergy symptoms, seek medical attention and visit PRESNow 24/7 Urgent and Emergency Care.

Unlike most ERs or urgent care centers in the area, PRESNow 24/7 Urgent and Emergency Care in Albuquerque, patients are only billed for the level of services they need. The ER and urgent care are open 24 hours a day, every day. No appointment is required for in-person visits.

PRESNow 24/7 Urgent and Emergency Care has four convenient locations:

  • PRESNow 24/7 Urgent and Emergency Care Paseo/San Pedro is located at 6400 Paseo Del Norte Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, and may be reached at 505-596-2100.
  • PRESNow 24/7 Urgent and Emergency Care Coors/Western Trail is located at 4515 Coors Blvd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87120, and may be reached at 505-596-2200.
  • PRESNow 24/7 Urgent and Emergency Care Isleta/Rio Bravo is located at 3436 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105, and may be reached at 505-596-2300.
  • PRESNow 24/7 Urgent and Emergency Care Menaul/Pennsylvania is located at 7400 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, and may be reached at 505-596-2400.