Let Professionals Help You Cope
Allergy season is in full swing around the country. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), nasal allergies affect one in five Americans in the United States, or around 50 million people. Many of these individuals turn to over-the-counter (OTC) medications to cope with the troublesome cough, sneezing, congestion and other symptoms they experience as allergy season peaks. However, self-medicating – rather than first visiting a healthcare provider for evaluation and treatment of seasonal allergies – presents its own set of risks.
Know the Possible Side Effects
Undiagnosed and undertreated conditions raise the risk for other health complications. If you’re among those who self-medicate to treat asthma and allergy symptoms, be aware that this habit can lead to disrupted sleep, mental impairment and even life-threatening complications. According to the ACAAI, decongestants, antihistamines and other OTC medications may cause the following side effects:
- Decreased decision-making.
- Impaired eye-hand coordination.
- Increased risk of motor vehicle accidents.
- Impaired memory.
- School and work injuries.
- Activity limitation.
When incorrectly diagnosed and treated, symptoms may also lead to sleep apnea, which can result in life-threatening high blood pressure or heart problems. The ACAAI advises those who believe they suffer from allergies or asthma to see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment, even if they feel their symptoms are not serious.
Feel Better with RediClinic
There are many treatments available to help you to take on allergy season, as well as prescription medications that work in tandem with over-the-counter products to effectively treat allergies and asthma. RediClinic’s board-certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants are here to help you. They can educate, manage your prescriptions, write new prescriptions when appropriate, and administer nebulizer breathing treatments to ease airway inflammation and allow for easier breathing. RediClinic accepts most insurance plans and no appointment is necessary.