Novant Health First Charlotte Physicians EpiCentre is the premiere internal medicine practice in the heart of uptown Charlotte. For more than two decades, our physicians have cared for adults and adolescents in Center City—everything from routine physicals to allergies to care for acute medical problems.
Your eyes are scratchy, your nose is stuffy, your throat is irritated and your car is yellow. Say hello to allergy season in Charlotte! While it is easy to get a carwash, it's not so easy to wash away the affects of seasonal allergens on your health. At Novant Health First Charlotte Physicians EpiCentre, we offer allergy injections year-round to our patients. But, if seasonal allergies strike you, there are other remedies you might want to try.
Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever, often happens when a person is exposed to pollens released from grasses, trees, weeds or shrubs. When that pollen comes into contact with the linings of the nose, eyelids, eyes, sinuses or throat, a substance called histamine is released from those tissues. Histamine could cause a watery discharge from the eyes or nose, or could lead to sneezing; congestion; itchy eyes, nose or throat; or post-nasal drip. Scratchy throat and dry cough might also be results.
Allergies cannot be cured, but these things might lessen your suffering:
Steroid nasal sprays or oral steroids can be prescribed to reduce inflammation tied to allergies.
Most of the time, allergies are annoying but not dangerous. However, if you experience any of the following, get medical attention: