Story by: Rebecca Hall on April 19, 2019
Maybe you know the drill. The temperature rises and so do your hopes as spring seems to have finally arrived. Then it starts: the sneezing, the itchy eyes, the dry cough and sore throat. Now you remember why spring is your least favorite season.
Louisville consistently is ranked one of the worst cities for seasonal allergies. In fact, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked Louisville the No. 6 Spring Allergy Capital for 2019.
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Why Louisville? Why us?
Well, it has to do with geography and climate. We’re tucked between hills to our north and south, which allows stagnant air to trap allergens like pollen. Our area’s average temperatures and precipitation are great for tree, grass and weed growth — all pollen culprits.
According to The Weather Channel’s Allergy Tracker, common allergens in our area include:
Mild seasonal allergy symptoms such as sneezing or running nose, itchy or red eyes, or sore throat, often can be treated with over-the-counter medications. However, more severe symptoms may require a visit to a health care provider.
“Often patients visit their health care provider because they’ve tried treating their allergy symptoms with over-the-counter medications, but they aren’t working,” said Beverly Kestler, APRN, a nurse practitioner with Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens. “A health care provider will evaluate your symptoms to ensure allergies really are the cause. Then, depending on a patient’s medical history, we can recommend the right combination of medications to provide the best relief.”
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Whether it’s getting in to see your primary care provider today, doing a Norton eCare virtual visit from work or home, reserving your spot online for a Norton Immediate Care Center or stopping by a Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens in your neighborhood, our convenient care options will get you feeling better fast.
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