Wednesday, March 23, 2016

It’s Allergy Season – Are You Prepared?

It’s that time of year when a significant percentage of the population is plagued with extremely itchy and watery eyes, constant sneezing, and runny noses. You guessed it, allergy season is just around the corner. As climate change continues to impact temperatures and weather patterns around the world, researchers are noticing different trends for allergy sufferers. In particular, the allergy season has been arriving a few weeks earlier each year, according to the World Allergy Organization.  This does not mean that allergy season has also been ending earlier though. For allergy sufferers, this is far from welcome news.   

Air pollution, pollen, mold, and poison ivy are more prevalent due to climate change and warmer weather, which can increase risks for those with allergies. Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, puts together a list of the Spring Allergy Capitals in the US. The list takes into account: the pollen score of each city, rates of allergy medication use by residents, and availability of Board-certified allergists. In 2016, the AAFA estimates that Jackson, MS will be the most challenging city to live in for allergy sufferers. Also on the list are, Memphis, TN; Syracuse, NY; and Louisville, KY.

Pollen allergies pose physically challenging symptoms, as patients deal with added sinus pressure, runny noses, itchy and watery eyes, headaches, shortness of breath, repeated sneezing and excessive fatigue. Unfortunately, allergies can also take an emotional toll by causing anxiety, depression, and frustration. The allergy season is also sometimes associated with economic costs, as employees take time off to deal with aggressive allergy symptoms. It’s no wonder why those with allergies dread spring and the change of seasons.

Proper diagnosis and treatment of allergy symptoms is paramount to the effective management of allergy symptoms. However, for most Americans, proper management of allergy symptoms can mean excessive time and valuable resources wasted sitting at urgent care centers or in the doctor’s office. This allergy season, we propose a different solution; telemedicine. Our providers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The MyOnCallDoc team wants to ensure you receive timely, affordable allergy care this year. So, forget about hiring a babysitter, taking time off from work, or sitting in traffic to begin your treatment plan. Call our medical providers now and start experiencing allergy relief today.

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