Seasonal Allergy Treatment in Lakewood, CO
AFC Urgent Care Center is open daily with late hours providing allergy symptom relief for patients of all ages including children with no appointment necessary.
If you have seasonal allergies in the Lakewood, CO area there are certain times of the year you dread. It may seem like no matter how hard you try, there is no way to avoid days or weeks feeling congested or constantly fatigued. While there are many over the counter medicines you could take to lessen the symptoms of seasonal allergies, there are also some additional steps you can take to prevent making your allergies even worse.
Watch our very own Doctor Wallace Salter talk about seasonal allergies in a recent segment on Fox 31 Denver.
- Don’t make your bed: Dust mites are often a catalyst for seasonal allergies. These microscopic bugs are nearly invisible to the naked eye, but are found almost everywhere in your house. They particularly love living in your bedding and mattress. When you sleep at night, the moisture from your body sweat feed these bugs and help them stay alive. If you make your bed in the morning, you are tucking these bugs away tight so they can’t escape. By leaving your bed unmade and airing out your sheets, you make it harder for these bugs to stay alive.
- Consuming alcohol: An extra drink at dinner may be making your stuffy nose even worse. A Danish study found that for every alcoholic drink you have in a week, you increase the risk of your seasonal allergies by about 3%. While the study isn’t conclusive, the researchers suspect the yeast and bacteria in alcohol also produce histamines in your body. These in turn cause itchy eyes or a stuffy nose.
- Eating certain vegetables and fruits: Sure, you’ve been told your entire life that eating your veggies is good for you. However, the researchers at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America have found that the proteins in certain foods cause those with ragweed allergies to suffer an itchy mouth. The experts there say melons, bananas, and tomatoes can cause a cross reaction.
- Wearing contact lenses: In some cases, lenses can trap allergens, such as pollen, against the surface of the eye. If you are already suffering from red, itchy eyes caused by seasonal allergies, this can worsen your symptoms. Be sure to thoroughly wash your contacts and consider an air purifier inside the room you generally put your contacts in.
- Hand wash your dishes: A 2015 Swedish study published in the journal “Pediatrics” found children develop less allergies if they eat off of hand washed dishes compared to those who eat off of dishes cleaned in a dishwasher. Why you ask? The study showed that the dishwasher killed so much bacteria that children did not have a chance to build immunities. These weaker immunities led them to develop more allergies. Sometimes things can be too clean.
At AFC Urgent Care Lakewood, we are available to assist you if your seasonal allergies hit you hard. Visit our board-certified physicians at our walk-in clinic if you think your allergies are lingering longer than they should. We can help lessen the symptoms and prescribe medication to help you feel better faster. Some summer flus or colds can be mistaken for seasonal allergies, so if you are sicker for longer than you usually are, swing by for a quick test utilizing our onsite lab. We’ll be able to rule out viral or bacterial infection for additional peace of mind.
Stop in to our medical clinic Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm. We accept most major insurance and have self-pay options available for the uninsured. Questions? Call our friendly staff. We look forward to making you feel better!