Spring technically begins today, whether it feels like it or not. And with spring, comes seasonal allergy symptoms for nearly 35 million Americans.

In the spring, pollen from blooming trees and other plants enter the air, and ultimately our systems. When someone who is allergic breathes in pollen, the immune system thinks it is an invader and reacts. This causes the symptoms including sneezing, itchy eyes, watery eyes, and a runny nose. When pollen counts are high, those with allergies are more likely to suffer.

You most likely have allergies if you experience these symptoms yearly in the spring. See a doctor or allergist. He or she can perform a skin test. These tests can show exactly what you are allergic to

For symptom alleviation, there are many over-the-counter medications you can take. These are classified as antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops, or nasal sprays. If necessary, a doctor can prescribe stronger medicines.

For immediate relief when you can’t get an appointment with your doctor, visit AFC Urgent Care in Malden MA. We are a walk-in urgent care center staffed with board-certified physicians. Visit AFC Urgent Care in Malden today at  219 Centre St or call 781-322-7300.