Best U.S. Cities For Allergy Sufferers

Couple walking with bike.As the temperatures increase, so do the number of people suffering from seasonal allergies. Allergy sufferers fight through the tree buds and flower blooms, sniffling all the way. And just when relief is in sight, it’s time for fall allergies and ragweed season. So what cities in the United States are best for allergy sufferers?

First, let’s determine what makes a place “allergy friendly.” Pollen count is a huge consideration when establishing the best cities for allergy sufferers. Basically, the more pollen that’s in the air, the more symptoms you will experience. Another thing to consider is geography. For example, cities in the mountains are typically less allergy prone than valleys. Finally, being in the city versus the country can play a factor. Staying in the city, away from the flowers, grasses, crops, etc. may offer some temporary relief.

It’s important to note that those who tend to suffer from seasonal allergies will likely suffer no matter where they live. While you may experience a temporary relief from the allergens that normally cause symptoms, you will eventually start developing sensitivities to the allergens wherever you are. With that in mind, if you’re a seasonal allergy sufferer looking to escape for a week long vacation or getaway, there are some places that may offer relief from your everyday sniffles.

Based on the temperate weather swings, here are the top 10 cities for those suffering from allergies:

  1. Portland, Ore.
  2. Seattle, Wash.
  3. San Diego, Calif.
  4. Sacramento, Calif.
  5. Albany, NY
  6. Salt Lake City, Utah
  7. Stockton, Calif.
  8. San Jose, Calif.
  9. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  10. Daytona Beach, Fla.

If you are dealing with allergies and are in need of some relief, consider seeking medical care. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

5 Tips For a Good Night’s Sleep With Allergies

iStock_000056574944_MediumBecause allergies are typically worst right before dawn, getting a good night’s sleep can often be a challenge if you suffer from allergies. In fact, studies revealed that 75% of people with allergies wake up regularly in the middle of the night, while 93% have difficulty sleeping. If you suffer from allergy symptoms of any kind, keep reading to discover five tips for a good night’s sleep.

  1. Keep windows closed: Although it’s normal to keep windows open during the summer months to allow cool air in, you should resist this urge if you suffer from allergies.
  2. Keep pets off the bed: While you may be used to letting your dog or cat on the bed at night, they may also be contributing to your allergy symptoms. Establish a new nighttime routine so they feel comfortable sleeping on a bed on the floor.
  3. Shower before bed: To make sure all pollen is off your body, it’s a good idea to take a shower before going to bed each night, especially during allergy season. Be sure to wash your hair each night as well.
  4. Avoid mite exposure: Because dust mites are a common cause of allergies, use plastic covers for your mattress and pillows to shield against mites.
  5. Leaves clothes in another room: If you’ve spent any time outdoors, it’s a good idea to put your clothes in the laundry room at the end of the day so the pollen does not irritate you during the night. Additionally, wash clothes after each wear.

If you suffer from allergies and would like additional information on minimizing symptoms, consider discussing a treatment plan with a trained medical professional at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in available to provide you a quick and easy experience.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

Pollen Allergies and How to Prevent Them

iStock_000070156083_MediumBy March, most people are ready for warmer weather, longer days and fresh flowers. However, with spring comes those pesky seasonal allergies that bring on itchy eyes, runny noses and scratchy throats. So what causes those seasonal allergies and what can you do to avoid them?

Pollen, the greenish-yellow dust you will find covering your car, is the most common culprit of springtime allergies. While pollen is necessary to help trees, grasses and flowers reproduce, it’s also the reason your allergies flair up from spring to fall. The other contender when it comes to spring allergies is mold. These mold spores float in the air similar to pollen. While some mold flourishes in dry, windy weather, other mold peaks in dampness and high humidity. During the winter, mold often becomes dormant.

If you suffer from spring allergies, there are a few things you can do to minimize exposure and symptoms:

  1. Plan your time outside on days when it’s cooler and less windy. After a good rain is the ideal time to go outdoors.
  2. Try to stay indoors during the morning when pollen counts are highest.
  3. Hire someone to mow your lawn. If you must mow your own lawn, invest in a mask and protective glasses.
  4. Wash clothes and take a shower after you’ve spent time outdoors to remove pollen and mold.
  5. Remove shoes before coming indoors. If you must wear your shoes inside, be sure to wipe them off on the door mat.
  6. Keep windows and doors closed and run the air conditioning so pollen and mold can’t get indoors.
  7. Regularly change air filters in your home. It is suggested filters are changed every month or so. Also, clean air ducts yearly.

If you are suffering from seasonal allergies, consider discussing a treatment plan with a trained medical professional at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in is available to provide you a quick and easy experience.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.