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What’s the difference between seasonal and perennial allergies?

Perennial allergies refer to specific allergens that cause an allergic reaction year-round. Common examples include pet hair or dander, food allergies or medication allergies.

In contrast, seasonal allergies typically occur with weather changes that allow for new environmental plant, mold, insect or grass growth. Locally, pollen and mold season can begin as early as February and last through November. Now is the right time to begin discussions with your physician about the preventative measures you can take to keep allergy symptoms from activating your immune system. And this can help you avoid the dreaded return of sneezing, nasal congestion and itchy, watery eyes. Lakes Urgent Care can also be a resource if you do not have a primary care physician. We can help guide your preparation for seasonal allergies or arrange for allergy testing. With appropriate preparation and recognition of triggers to avoid, everyone can enjoy the coming warm, sunny months ahead!