Across the United States, seasonal allergies typically begin to ramp up in the month of February and continue to have an impact into early summer. And, for those living in Louisiana, this year’s allergy season has proved to be especially difficult. But what makes Louisiana an exceptionally difficult environment for allergy sufferers? How do allergens, the substances that cause allergic reactions, affect the body? And, how can people impacted by seasonal allergies find relief? The health experts at LCMC Health Urgent Care are ready to delve into all of these questions and more with three facts you should know about allergy season in Louisiana.
1. Louisiana’s Climate Creates the Perfect Environment for Allergens to Bloom
Seasonal allergies already impact millions across the country each year. But they can be especially severe for those living in Louisiana. With weather often ranging from warm to hot in a high-humidity environment, plant life often grows sooner, heartier, and more abundantly. In the fall, piles of leaves that collect under trees and in yards can house mold allergens. And, because Louisiana contains such a large variety of plants, including trees, grass, and weeds, locals are often exposed to pollen from these flora.
Allergy forecasts are available from a number of sources, such as The Weather Channel and AccuWeather. These forecasts can help those at risk of developing allergy problems to plan their time outdoors when pollen levels are expected to be low. But, even though this information is helpful, it isn’t enough to protect everyone from allergy-aggravating conditions in Louisiana.
2. Common Allergy Problems Are Actually Caused By an Immune System Overreaction
While it may be surprising to some, many of the problems that occur after exposure to allergens don’t come from the allergens themselves. Instead, they are the result of the immune system over-responding to allergens such as pollen. When the body first comes into contact with an allergen, it doesn’t have an aggressive immune response at first. Instead, antibodies store the information to target the invading allergens in case of future contact. So, when allergy season returns in Louisiana and pollen enters the nostrils once more, the immune system recognizes it as a threat. Different types of immune system cells then work together to attack and expel that perceived threat. During this process, you may experience a number of uncomfortable and unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Headache and stuffy head
- Sneezing and runny nose
- Post-nasal drip
- Sore throat
While these problems shouldn’t represent severe health risks, it’s natural to want to avoid or mitigate them as much as possible.
3. Diagnosis and Treatment Can Often Provide Relief
If you find yourself experiencing any of the symptoms above, it’s important to know that you have options. Some people may choose not to seek care during a difficult Louisiana allergy season. But why go through the pain and discomfort of seasonal allergies when quick, simple, and affordable treatment is close by?
LCMC Health Urgent Care Offers Fast and Convenient Healthcare During Allergy Season in Louisiana
LCMC Health Urgent Care has several convenient locations across Southeast Louisiana, including a newly opened location in Kenner on W. Esplanade Ave. Our dedicated and compassionate healthcare team can diagnose your condition and put you on the fast-track to feeling better, sooner. Check-in now to get started. And, if you are already nearby, walk-ins are also welcome! Don’t struggle with seasonal allergies in Louisiana. Get the help you need from the healthcare professionals at LCMC Health Urgent Care today!