After a few stop and start teases, Spring has FINALLY sprung here in Atlanta. It’s officially time to pull out the shorts and flip flops, dust off the grill, get busy in the garden and head to CVS Minute Clinic…it’s allergy season!
Despite living in one of the worst cities for seasonal allergies for the last 16 years I’ve only become mildly affected in recent years. For my oldest son Tech, it’s a completely different story. Since his 5th birthday, Spring has waged an all out war sending him in a coughing, sniffling, itchy watering eye miserable mess for weeks…aka allergy sufferer!
What IS an allergy?
An allergy is the body’s hypersensitivity to substances in the environment. Turns out Tech reacts to mold, dust, pollen and pet dander. Even some foods can cause allergic reactions.
What causes seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergies are a reaction to small airborne substances. These allergens are small proteins that usually float around in the spring, summer and fall…yes he gets them every season!
For Tech it all started subtly – persistent nasal congestion, hacking nighttime cough…my Mommy diagnosis a cold. But I was so wrong and turns out I’m not alone! Some 35 million Americans suffer from allergies and don’t even know it! That’s because like me, many people confuse the symptoms of spring allergies with a common cold. And while they may appear similar there’s a big difference – a cold usually caused by a viral infection and accompanied by body aches and or fever will typically clear up within 7-10 days. Allergies which are caused by your body’s own immune system’s attempt to fight off an allergen can last weeks or even months!
Thankfully relief and help understanding seasonal allergies is as close as your nearest CVS Minute Clinic. The ever so helpful nurse practitioners and physicians assistants can recommend the right over-the-counter medications and write prescriptions when medically appropriate.
Now that we know what we’re fighting Tech’s go to treatment regimen includes nasal saline spray/Neti pot, over-the-counter antihistamines, vitamin C, and locally harvested honey every day.
Since I can’t keep my very active 10 year-old from enjoying the wonderful weather of season, I make sure he washes the day away with a thorough shower every night, keep the windows in his room closed and change his sheets every week.
Be sure to check out more helpful tips to keep your family healthy and help prevent allergies at CVS Minute Clinic.
Disclosure: This post is part of the Spring Allergy Campaign sponsored by CVS MinuteClinic. I received a gift card for my participation. As always my opinions are always my own!