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Seasonal Allergies V. Cold

If you are new to the gem state, you have just been introduced to the bipolar weather of the Treasure Valley. In typical Idaho fashion, we have been teased with first spring, second winter, and now it is starting to feel like second spring again. With this round of temperature increase, some of us who are more accustomed to the cold are taking the risk and leaving the heavy winter boots and down feather coats at home, in hopes that this will be the pattern that sticks. This leaves us fully able to embrace the prospect of spring with open arms!

If this will be your first spring with us, you might want to keep an extra tissue box in your car and a non-drowsy antihistamine on hand. The pollen count in the valley stays moderate even before there are buds on the trees. With our high pollen count, you may mistake your allergies for a cold. Here are the symptoms of colds and seasonal allergies.

Cold Symptoms:

  • Runny or congested nose
  • Body aches
  • Cough with or without phlegm
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Throat irritation

If you have a cold lasting 10 days or longer, the symptoms seem to be worsening, or you have a fever that will not go down or break, it’s time to call your provider and be seen.

Seasonal Allergies:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery, itchy, or puffy eyes
  • Cough
  • Breathing through mouth or wheezing
  • Phlegm, itchy, or irritated throat
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Throat irritation

Some things you can do to help manage your allergies at home are:

Shower after being outdoors: To remove the pollen you pick up from outside, take a shower and change your clothes.

Minimize indoor pollen: Keep your windows shut when you are experiencing allergies. Use your AC or a HEPA purifier to filter allergens.

Check the weather: Learn when conditions such as the wind increase pollen levels, so that you can be prepared.

Know your seasonal allergy relief options: From medications to nasal sprays, talk with your provider about your options.

Spring, we are still ready to welcome you with open arms but we are all just a little more prepared for what that entirely means. We will be armed with our allergy medicine and tissues so that we can enjoy the beautiful weather even more.

 

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