To Sniffle or not to Sniffle: seasonal allergies.

You wake up late, go the bathroom to get ready for work, look into the mirror, and see your big puffy eyes looking back at you. “Why are my eyes so red and puffy? Was that a sneeze? No, I can’t be sick!” Good news…your symptoms might be a sign of seasonal allergies and not a developing flu. With the right guidance from a medical professional, you can manage your seasonal symptoms and get back to your everyday life! If you’re experiencing one or more of the symptoms* below, it may be caused by seasonal allergies.

  1. Red, puffy, and watery eyes
  2. Sneezing
  3. Runny and itchy nose
  4. Coughing
  5. Nasal Congestion

*Everyone experiences different symptoms; you may have one or more of these symptoms.

So how can you keep allergy season from taking over your life? Visiting a primary care physician (or through the Sniffle app) is the best way to determine whether your symptoms are caused by seasonal allergies and receive immediate treatment for symptom relief, if needed. By using the Sniffle app to visit with your doctor, you can help you get the treatment you need without having to interrupt your busy schedule. Through the app, you can make an appointments with any doctor of your choice, including your primary care physician or allergist if they’re on Sniffle. 

If your Sniffle physician believes your symptoms are caused by allergies, they may electronically prescribe necessary medications or recommend you visit an allergist to undergo allergy testing.

To Sniffle or not to Sniffle? We recommend Sniffling. Why go through your day enduring endless symptoms when you can receive immediate care without having to change your routine? In addition, it’s always better to have guidance from a physician when you start experiencing symptoms. Just because your symptoms appear to be allergies, that may not always be the case. In other words, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Don’t wait until your symptoms get worse.

You can also try avoiding seasonal allergies by trying these tips:

  1. Keep the windows and doors closed to keep pollen from coming inside the house.
  2. Avoid areas with freshly cut grass or doing activities like mowing.
  3. Change your clothes as soon as you get home.
  4. Wash your hair daily.
  5. Take an antihistamine (speak to your physician beforehand).
  6. Try nasal washes (speak to your physician beforehand).
  7. Outsource housekeeping until allergy season is over.
  8. Wash your bed sheets and pillow covers weekly.

If allergy season is getting the worst of you, you can always take a vacation near a beach and avoid areas along the countryside. Remember, these allergies are only seasonal! Once you undergo allergy testing, you can mindfully avoid your known seasonal allergy enemies (like pollen, grass, or weeds). In the meantime, we suggest you Sniffle away to rid yourself from the on-going seasonal allergy symptoms and take charge of your life once again! To download the app or learn more about how you can see your primary care physician through Sniffle, click here.