The Ides of March are upon us in Pinellas County, Florida! While March brings us some of the most pleasant weather of the year, it also brings us all sorts of airborne allergens including pollens from grass, trees, and flowers; dust, mold, and spores. The body’s allergy response is designed to flush out these irritants. This innate response by the body also brings about the annoying symptoms of hay fever, also known as the health condition allergic rhinitis.
Palm Harbor Pharmacy has a number of remedies that can help tame seasonal allergy symptoms. Before we get to the remedies: Let’s learn a little bit more about the types of seasonal allergy symptoms, what causes the body to create them, and the many ways you can minimize allergy symptoms.
Whether you experience allergy symptoms seasonally or year-round, living with those symptoms is annoying, if not aggravating. If you suffer intensely, you can miss days from work or school. In fact, allergic rhinitis is the most commonly reported medical condition to U.S. employers. It accounts for a minimum of 3.5 days of missed work, too. the most common allergy symptoms include:
Some people also experience fatigue, ear ache, and swelling or pressure around the eyes.
Allergy symptoms are generated by a reaction within the immune system. The immune system produces antibodies in response to foreign substances that enter the body. When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify a particular allergen—let’s use dandelion as an example—as harmful, even though it really isn’t a threat to the body When you come into contact with the allergen, the immune system reaction can cause inflammation of the skin, mucous membranes in the nose, throat and sinuses and in the airways in the lungs.
Mast cells, a special type of white blood cell, are another key player in the immune system response to allergens. Mast cells are found all around the body, especially near blood vessels, lymph nodes, in the lungs, skin, and in the intestines. One chemical found inside mast cells is histamine, which is released during an allergic reaction. In you have high levels of histamines in your body, you’ll get symptoms such as itching, redness, and inflammation. In excess, this is what produces the cluster of symptoms that we general think of when we talk about “having allergies.”
Most allergies can’t be cured; prevention and treatment can help minimize the effect of allergy symptoms on your daily activities..
Yes! Many people can prevent the symptoms of allergies IF they begin early enough in the year. This means starting on preventive strategies long before the first sneeze.
Once symptoms are present, the following tips can help you minimize the severity:
If you’re uncertain about the type of over-the-counter remedies that will best support prevention and management of your allergy symptoms, you can obtain more personalized recommendations from one the friendly pharmacists at Palm Harbor Pharmacy. If your symptoms are severe, or you take other medications, it’s best to consult with your physician. Remember, your physician can coordinate prescription orders with one of our pharmacists for both standard or compounded medications, if needed, to address your allergy symptoms.
If the products mentioned in this article are of interest to you, contact our Palm Harbor pharmacists. We love to meet new customers and to see our regular customers, too. Stop in to see talk with us! We are also available by phone at 727-787-2273.
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