Autumn often brings a crisp, refreshing air, and the anticipation of holiday gatherings. However, for many here in Texas, it also marks the beginning of the dreaded cold and flu season — plus the fall allergy season.
If you’re finding yourself sneezing often or constantly reaching for tissues amidst the beauty of falling leaves and cooler temperatures, you might be wondering if you’re suffering from frequent fall colds or seasonal allergies.
Our board-certified providers at Integrative Primary Care in Katy, Texas, are here to help you figure out whether your symptoms are signaling seasonal allergies or just a routine fall cold. Keep reading to learn how allergy testing can give you the answers you need.
Understanding seasonal allergies
As fall rolls in, so does a host of allergens, most notably ragweed pollen. Seasonal allergies, often referred to as hay fever, are your body’s exaggerated immune response to these environmental allergens.
Millions of Americans struggle with this response, which results in symptoms that are both uncomfortable and persistent. These symptoms often resemble the symptoms you might experience with a common cold, such as:
- Runny or congested nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Scratchy or sore throat
- Fatigue and weakness
If allergies are the cause, getting tested can guide your provider on how to treat you and how to prevent future episodes.
Signs you have allergies, not a fall cold
Understanding the subtle distinctions between cold and allergy symptoms can make it easier for you to seek the appropriate care. Here are some of the signs that could indicate you’re dealing with allergies:
- Symptoms last longer than two weeks
- You experience itchy eyes, which is rare with colds
- Symptoms appear immediately upon exposure to allergens
- You have a history of allergies
If you recognize these signs, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with Integrative Primary Care. Our team can help you take the necessary steps toward relief.
How allergy testing can help
If you wonder if your symptoms point to allergies, allergy testing can give you the answer. At Integrative Primary Care, we offer comprehensive allergy blood testing, which can pinpoint the allergens that are causing your distress.
Our facility has an in-house lab, so your provider can get the results as fast as possible. Once your provider identifies your unique allergen profile, they can design a tailored approach to help you manage your symptoms.
For example, your plan might include medications, such as antihistamines or epinephrine pens, and lifestyle steps, such as avoiding or minimizing your exposure to triggers, keeping your windows closed, or cleaning your home frequently.
If you’re ready to enjoy the autumn season without the hassle of frustrating allergy symptoms, we can help. To learn more, schedule a consultation online or over the phone with Integrative Primary Care today.