Why are allergies worse this year in the northeast? The thinking at AFC Urgent Care Hartsdale is that it is because of this years’ harsh winter and massive amounts of snow. We are now paying the price, as all of the snow melted, causing more moisture in the air, leading to increased amounts of mold and mold spores. Mold is a big allergic irritant, and so this year even people who aren’t normally allergic could experience seasonal allergy symptoms.

Is it a Cold or Allergies? How do I know?

Although there are some differences, cold and allergy symptoms overlap quite a bit. The most important difference is that colds usually don’t last longer than 14 days. If you still have symptoms after two weeks, see your doctor. These may be allergy symptoms or a sign of another problem.

Preventing Allergies

Because the causes of cold and allergy symptoms are quite different, preventing them requires different strategies.

To prevent allergy symptoms; Control your environment:

  • Avoid substances you’re allergic to, called allergens. So if you’re allergic to pollen, for instance, avoid going outside on days when the pollen count is high
  • Keep the air conditioner on to filter the air
  • Take frequent showers if the pollen count is high, especially after returning from outside
  • When driving, keep the air conditioner on to filter the air

Of course if all else fails, our fall back is always treating allergies with over the counter medications such as Zyrtec or Nasonex nasal spray, or Clariton, Benadryl or Allegra, orally.

If you are not sure  if you are suffering from a cold or from seasonal allergies, come in to Doctors EXpress  and have an evaluation.