Allergies Allergic Reactions

Allergies and Allergic Reactions Treated in Glendale, CA

Young woman experiencing seasonal allergies and touching her nose while standing under a flowering tree

Do you have seasonal allergies? If so, and you need help dealing with a mild symptom flare-up, you can turn to the experienced providers at Vituity Family Medicine Center. For nearly 50 years, we have been providing exceptional healthcare services in Glendale, California, and we treat a full spectrum of non-life-threatening allergies and allergic reactions. Our practice is 100% physician owned and led, and we are proud to be the residency center for the Adventist Health Glendale Family Medicine program.

About 8% of Americans experience disruptive seasonal allergies. The most common cause—at least in the springtime—is pollen. This powdery substance is released into the air in abundance whenever trees, grasses, and weeds bloom. Although pollen is largely harmless, it can still irritate your eyes, skin, nose, and throat. Additionally, if you are allergic to pollen, your body’s immune system “thinks” the pollen is a harmful invader, such as a virus or bacteria, then attempts to attack and destroy it. This immune system “overreaction” can trigger a variety of miserable, cold-like symptoms.

Is Your Immune System Overreacting?

Common signs of seasonal allergies include:

  • Frequent sneezing and coughing
  • Itchy, teary eyes
  • A runny or stuffed-up nose
  • Headaches and sinus pressure
  • “Allergic shiners” (dark undereye circles)
  • Hives and other skin rashes
  • Insomnia and difficulty concentrating

You might be wondering about allergies vs. colds—what’s the difference? Although the symptoms can be similar, the common cold usually resolves within a week or so, while allergies tend to last longer. Additionally, a severe allergic reaction can be life-threatening, so it’s important to pay close attention to symptoms such as wheezing, vomiting, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, and loss of consciousness. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital ER.

For non-life-threatening allergy symptoms, you can receive personalized care at Vituity Family Medicine Center. To help you feel better, we might suggest an antihistamine, nasal decongestant, nasal saline rinse, or nasal steroid spray. Also, if you need further relief, you might consider a series of allergy shots, which can help control your immune response to specific allergens over time.

The experienced medical providers at Vituity Family Medicine Center work hard to keep the wait times short at our clinic in Glendale, CA. If you would like to see a family physician or pediatric doctor, you can schedule a same-day appointment today.