5 Myths About Seasonal Allergies You Probably Believe
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy football games and other outdoor activities. However, for the estimated 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, being outside this time of year often isn’t fun. Seasonal allergy sufferers can find themselves trapped indoors while elm, ragweed, cedar and other types of pollen peak through the fall months and even into the winter.
Like grains of pollen, myths about seasonal allergies also seem to circulate widely. Don’t be fooled by these common misconceptions if you are an allergy sufferer.
Myth #1: Adults can’t develop new allergies.
Even if you didn’t experience fall seasonal allergies as a kid, your body can come in contact with an allergen and trigger an allergic reaction at any time – no matter your age. If you find yourself suddenly sniffling and sneezing at this time of year, you could have an adult-onset seasonal allergy.
Myth #2: Moving to a different part of the country will help you escape seasonal allergies.
Some people think that relocating to a different geographic area will help to lessen their allergy symptoms. Unfortunately, many types of pollen are common to most plant zones, so running from your allergies is not recommended. In addition, your body may react to new allergens in a new environment.
Myth #3: You should take allergy medications when you start feeling bad.
In reality, an allergic reaction begins before symptoms appear. This means you need to use allergy medications in advance of allergen exposure to control allergy symptoms. Once allergy symptoms start, you might need more powerful medicine to get them under control. You also run the risk of untreated exposure to allergies turning into acute sinusitis, an asthma attack and other serious problems.
Myth #4: Over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medications work as well as prescription medications.
In reality, most treatment for allergic rhinitis can be found over-the-counter, such as antihistamines, decongestants and certain nasal steroids. However, certain prescription drugs can address more severe allergy symptoms or better prevent them in the first place. RediClinic clinicians can prescribe a broader array of medicines than what you find on drugstore shelves to treat or prevent nasal congestion and sinus pressure due to allergies.
Myth #5: Seasonal allergies can be cured.
There is no cure for allergies. However, the board-certified clinicians at RediClinic can provide individualized seasonal allergy treatment to help you control allergy symptoms. This may include prescriptions for allergy medications, nebulizer breathing treatments and/or allergy steroid shots. You can also learn tips to lessen allergy symptoms.
Get Relief From Fall Seasonal Allergies at RediClinic
Make an online appointment to be seen on a weekday or weekend – adults and children age 18 months and older are welcome. RediClinic is conveniently located inside select Rite Aid Pharmacies and H-E-B grocery stores.