Spring officially begins in two days, even if it may not feel like it. However, for 35 million American’s each year, spring brings with it springtime allergies and symptoms including a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy and watery eyes.

Pollen given off from plants in the spring and summertime is all around in the air. When this pollen enters someone with allergies, their immune system attacks it as if it were a virus or bacteria. This is what causes the symptoms. When pollen counts are high, those with allergies are more likely to suffer.

If you experience these symptoms, you may have allergies. Doctors can perform a skin test to see exactly what plant’s pollen triggers the allergies.

Symptoms can be alleviated with many over-the-counter medications such as decongestants, antihistamines, eye drops, or nasal sprays. Doctors can also prescribe stronger medicines if necessary.

For immediate relief, visit AFC Urgent Care in North Andover. Our walk-in center with low wait times means you can be seen by a board certified physician in no time. Visit us today at 129 Turnpike St in North Andover MA or call 978-470-0800.