With only six days left until it’s officially springtime, we can start forgetting all about the miserable frigid cold and unrelenting sniffles of winter, right? Spring is when we experience gorgeous blooming gardens; rainstorms and rainbows; warm weather; rising pollen counts; waking up with puffy, itchy eyes; allergy-induced asthma attacks…Wait. Oh jeez.
Unfortunately, every season has its downsides. Luckily, with the ease of accessibility to vybe urgent care centers in the Philadelphia area and expert guidance from our highly-trained staff you can make this allergy season an absolute breeze. Today’s blog will cover some of the most common ailments and injuries that occur during the transition from winter to spring as well as how to treat them.
Allergy-induced asthma, also referred to as “allergic asthma,” occurs when any individual experiences asthma-like symptoms after coming in contact with an allergen. It is a common condition seen with those allergic to pollen, dust mites, spores and pet dander. While asthma is a chronic and incurable condition, there are numerous medications available to help any patient suffering with seasonal asthma live comfortably this spring. If you experience persistent coughing, or wheezing and you believe you may be allergy-induced asthma, head to your nearest vybe location for immediate medical assistance.
Severe Allergic Reactions
While not everyone may suffer from allergy-induced asthma, a variety of allergic reactions — ranging from mild to severe — occur in response to pollen in the spring. Over-the-counter medications such as Claritin, Benadryl and Zyrtec are available to relieve a number of allergy symptoms. However, if you are waking up with your eyes swollen shut, having difficulty breathing, or breaking out in hives it’s a good idea to visit vybe for further evaluation as you may require a stronger medication.
Outdoor Injuries (Fractures, Abrasions and Lacerations)
Once the sun begins to come out regularly, so do we. Spring weather encourages all sorts of outdoor activities such as biking, skateboarding, tree climbing, jogging, and more. While these are fantastic for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, engaging in these activities also puts you at higher risk of injuries spanning from abrasions to bone fractures. If you fall on the pavement, out of a tree, or even into a field of dirt and grass it is important to clean your wound as soon as possible. If you believe you may have fractured or broken a bone, see a physician at vybe for confirmation and further care.
Unfortunately, the common cold doesn’t disappear as soon as winter comes to an end. In fact, the probability of catching a cold remains just as high until it begins dropping off in late April. Furthermore, you are significantly more likely to catch a cold if you have spring allergies with nose and throat symptoms. The common cold is a viral infection, meaning it cannot be cured with antibiotics — however, it is extremely important to know whether you have a simple cold or something more serious.
Our staff is available to diagnose and treat your springtime ailments 7 days a week at any of our four Philadelphia area locations (South Philly, Center City, Port Richmond and Roxborough). If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at 215-999-6060. We are here to ensure you enjoy the warm weather and springtime blooms instead of dreading the onset of allergies and outdoor injuries.
Happy spring from all of us at vybe!