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Environmental Allergy Symptoms

Environmental Allergy Symptoms

Environmental Allergies

Pollen, mold, and bug bites are common culprits for causing spring sniffles. Here are some common signs and symptoms that may point to the presence of environmental allergies.

Common Allergens

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, allergens are generally harmless substances that trigger a response from the immune system. This causes your body to fight off the foreign particles—known as an allergic reaction. Some of the most frequently reported allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Pet dander
  • Grass/ragweed
  • Mold/mildew
  • Cigarette smoke

Common Symptoms

Environmental allergy symptoms are often confused with cold and flu symptoms as they each tend to affect the respiratory system, however, they are not caused by the same things. While the cold and flu are viral infections, allergies are due to your immune system overreacting to substances in your environment.

Common signs and symptoms of environmental allergies include:

  • Itchiness
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Coughing and/or wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Asthma attacks
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Itchy/irritated eyes

When to Seek Medical Attention

Although those suffering from allergies may become used to frequent mild symptoms like sneezing or congestion, if they continue to persist and hinder your quality of life, you should consult an allergist to address them.

In some cases, symptoms can be more severe. You should seek medical attention to address your symptoms if you experience any of the following:

  • Over-the-counter medications don’t control your symptoms.
  • You frequently feel short of breath.
  • You experience frequent sinus infections and/or nasal congestion.

Walk-in-Clinic in Gillette, Wyoming

If your allergy symptoms begin to get in the way of everyday activities, the Walk-in Clinic in Gillette, Wyoming, is here to help. When it comes to urgent care, each patient can expect us to help them get back to life with quality care and personalized service. Save your spot in line or walk-in today! Learn more at www.cchwyo.org/wic.