Do You Have Any of These 7 Allergy Symptoms?

There’s a lot to love about living in central Texas, with the relative lack of harsh winter weather likely high on the list. But because plants have a longer growing season than up north, we also live with allergies for most of the year. 

Especially during cold and flu season, you may wonder if you’re getting sick, when your symptoms might actually be due to allergies instead. Our providers at Family Health Center of Bastrop offer this helpful guide to seven common allergy symptoms.

Nasal congestion

If you have a stuffy nose, you may not have a cold. It may be due to allergies instead. A stuffy or runny nose is one of the most common symptoms that you’re allergic to something in the air. Allergy medications or decongestants can often relieve this symptom.

Itchy, watery eyes

If you feel the need to rub your eyes a lot or they just feel itchy, you could be suffering from allergies. Eyedrops for allergies can often ease this symptom.

Flu-like symptoms

If you feel run-down and generally unwell, you may think that you’re coming down with the flu. And you certainly could be. But in many cases, allergies give you this same feeling of being under the weather and wiped out.

Sneezing

If you’re frequently sneezing, allergies could be to blame. You sneeze because the mucous membranes inside your nose are irritated by the substance to which you’re allergic.

Coughing

Coughing is one of the most common symptoms that makes people think they have a cold. But allergies can cause coughing as well, usually due to postnasal drip. If this is a symptom you deal with on a regular basis, you may not even be aware that postnasal drip is happening.

Fatigue

Allergies could make you feel fatigued or generally worn out. This lack of energy makes you feel like you want to take a nap. Fatigue is especially common in a type of allergic reaction called hay fever.

Itching or swelling

Itching or swelling is often a reaction of an allergy, particularly when you come into contact with the wrong thing. These reactions usually occur on your skin, although they can also become serious if you swallow something to which you’re allergic. 

You can be pretty sure you have allergies if you notice the symptoms, especially if they occur whenever you’re around the same things, like oak trees or a neighbor’s cat. But it’s still important to have a doctor examine you for allergy symptoms. We can prescribe treatments that provide relief.

Difficulty breathing is another symptom of allergies that always warrants a call to a doctor, as it can become serious or even life-threatening. 

If you have questions about allergies or suspect that you have them, we at Family Health Center of Bastrop are always willing to talk to you. Contact us today to request an appointment at one of our locations in Bastrop or Smithville, Texas.

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