MinuteClinic Provides Allergy Relief Seven Days a Week

Until we get a hard freeze here in Nashville, those of us with allergies will be managing symptoms!
One of my favorite pasttimes in the fall is to enjoy the beauty of our local Nashville greenway system. If you follow my Instagram feed, you’ve probably seen my pictures from my walks. Unfortunately the greenway this time of year is FULL of ragweed, and ragweed pollen is one of the main fall allergy triggers. It is estimated that a single ragweed plant can release 1 billion pollen grains during the fall.
My husband suffers from allergies year round, but this fall has been especially rough on him and he’s been taking an over the counter allergy medication to help keep symptoms at bay. He’s not alone when it comes to allergies. 35 million Americans suffer from allergies and don’t even know it. That’s because many of us confuse the symptoms of fall allergies with a common cold. When I was in college I came down with allergy symptoms every fall. It took me a while to realize that what I thought was a cold were actually allergy symptoms.
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Here are some tips from CVS Minute Clinic on how to distinguish between a run of the mill cold or allergies:
  • The main difference between a cold and allergies is that a cold is caused by a viral infection while allergy symptoms are caused by your body’s own immune system’s attempt to fight off an allergen.
  • If you start sniffling and coughing at the same time year after year, and your symptoms come on suddenly, it may be allergies.
  • If you have a cough, it’s probably a cold. Most people with a cold will have a cough, but not everyone with allergies will have this symptom.
  • If you’re aching all over, it’s probably a cold, not allergies. Aches and pains are not symptoms of allergies.
  • Itchy eyes are a common symptom of allergies but RARELY occur with the common cold!
  • If you have a fever, it’s not allergies! A fever is sometimes present with a cold, but will never occur with allergies

Tips to Avoid Fall Allergies

  • In the early fall, I LOVE to open all of our windows, turn on the ceiling fans, and let in the fresh fall air. Unfortunately I am also letting in allergens. It’s really best to keep your windows closed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to minimize allergens in your home.
  • Clean and change air filters every three months to reduce the amount of household dirt, debris, and allergens. I typically change ours every 60 days since we have dogs.
  • In the fall, we start pulling out cozy quilts and plush blankets when temperatures finally cool off at night. But these can be the home to dust mites, causing your allergies to become inflamed. Wash your bedding every two weeks to help ease allergy symptoms.
  • Avoid raking leaves, especially when they are wet and the likeliness of mold is high. Wear a face mask if you need to do yard work and remove your clothes and shoes as soon as you come into the house.
  • Rinse your sinuses. Nasal irrigation – rinsing your sinuses to remove mucus and allergens from your nose – is a way to help ease congestion.
  • Try over-the-counter allergy medications, which my husband relies on this time of year. Many antihistamines – which can come in liquid, pill and eye drop form – are available without a prescription. They work to block histamine and relieve itchy noses and throats, sneezing, and watery eyes.

We have a convenient MinuteClinic located less than 5 miles from our house. MinuteClinic is conveniently open 7 days a week, including weekday
evening hours. Walk-in, no appointment is necessary. Most health care insurance is accepted.

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Disclosure: I have received promotional consideration from MinuteClinic. All opinions are my/our own.

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