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It’s Spring – Allergy Season is Here!

Dallas Urgent Care Doctors • Allergies • Sinus Infections

Spring has sprung – that means allergy season is here for many people throughout the Dallas metropolitan area. Many people assume allergies mean itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and a runny nose. In some cases, however, allergies can mean a nagging cough, sinus pressure, headaches and, in some cases, a sense of disequilibrium due to inner ear issues. What can be done to alleviate these symptoms ?

Avoiding things that cause Allergies – The Outside World

Most people who suffer from seasonal allergies are especially sensitive to pollen. You can help reduce allergy symptoms by avoiding situations where you are likely to be exposed to higher levels of pollen and other irritants in the air. For instance,
• Hire someone to mow your yard or pull weeds
• On windy or dry days, stay indoors as much as you can
• If you must work outside, wear a mask – they can be purchased at drug and hardware stores
• Use a drier instead of the clothesline – pollen will adhere to towels, sheets, and other kinds of clothing
• After spending time outside, change your clothes and take a shower to remove pollen from your skin
• Check your local weather forecast to determine the air quality for each day and whether or not the pollen count will be high
Avoiding things that cause Allergies – Inside Your House
There are steps you can take to minimize the amount of allergens in the air inside your home:
• Avoid opening windows on days when pollen counts are high; use air conditioning instead
• Make sure the filters on your heating and cooling systems are changed regularly and are clean
• Use a dehumidifier to keep the air inside your home dry – this will also minimize the chance for mold or mildew to grow in basements and attics
• Use a vacuum cleaner that has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter link to http://www.webmd.com/allergies/hepa-filters-for-allergies to clean your house
• Dust regularly
• Groom your cat or dog regularly to remove hair that could trigger allergies
• Buy a HEPA air filter in rooms where you spend a good deal of time or sleep
Seasonal Allergies – When to see a Doctor
Allergy sufferers can develop sinus infection or more serious symptoms. If you experience ringing in the ears (tinnitus), dizziness, fever, or a persistent cough, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Hillcrest Medical

. In many cases, over-the-counter medication can relieve these allergy symptoms; in other cases, additional testing or other treatment options may be necessary.

Don’t suffer needlessly from seasonal allergies – call (214) 368-3800 today to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors or drop by our location as a walk-in to be seen immediately.

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