Allergy Season Has Arrived in Texas

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It’s springtime in Texas and that means outdoor allergens abound. How do allergy sufferers manage their symptoms?

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“When your over-the-counter allergy medications aren’t working,” says Dr. Yusuf. “If you have asthma and are having a flare up that you can’t manage with your regular asthma medication, you should come and get that checked out,” he urges.

It’s springtime in Texas and that means outdoor allergens abound. How do allergy sufferers manage their symptoms? SignatureCare Emergency Center has tips for those affected.

Pollen from trees and grasses are the prevalent allergens that start to become bothersome during this time of year, says Dr. Samar Yusuf, medical director at the Montrose, Texas SignatureCare ER. And, he adds, those who suffer from asthma might have increased difficulties with allergies added to the mix.

Dr. Yusuf explains that seasonal allergies come with a range of symptoms, from mild to severe, which may include sniffles, itchy or swollen eyes, congestion, hives or even trouble breathing.

So when should someone visit the ER with their allergies? “When your over-the-counter allergy medications aren’t working,” says Dr. Yusuf. “If you have asthma and are having a flare up that you can’t manage with your regular asthma medication, you should come and get that checked out,” he urges.

Treatments may include prescription allergy medications or, for someone with asthma, breathing treatments or steroids to open up their airways.

“We see a lot of out-of-towners at our facility,” says Dr. Yusuf. “They aren’t used to our allergens here and it can affect them pretty badly.”

When will sufferers get relief from their outdoor allergies? Dr. Yusuf points out that people have individual triggers and severity of symptoms. While some might suffer from spring and summertime allergies, the humidity in Texas can produce mold and with it, allergies for some. In the fall, ragweed becomes a challenge for others. But, he adds, rain can help alleviate the prevalence of springtime pollen in the air.

If you or a loved one is suffering from allergies or asthma that can’t be controlled with over the counter medication or asthma that doesn’t respond to your typical asthma medication, don’t hesitate to visit one of SignatureCare’s ERs in Houston. Dr Yusuf appeared on the Houston Life show speaking all about allergies. Visit their website to watch the entire tapped recording.

About SignatureCare Emergency Center
Licensed by the Texas Department of Health Services, SignatureCare Emergency Centers are freestanding emergency rooms that are always open. SignatureCare has multiple locations in the Houston, Austin, College Station areas with each offering state-of-the art medical imaging, and X-rays. All our emergency rooms are fully staffed with medical professionals, including board-certified physicians, licensed nurses, radiology technicians, and emergency-trained ancillary staff. All SignatureCare Emergency Centers are open 24/7- 365 days a year.

For more information on SignatureCare Emergency Center and its other locations visit https://ercare24.com.

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