For a large number of people, fall doesn’t just mean crisp nights and beautiful colors -- it means another allergy season! With up to 30% of Americans suffering from hay fever or allergic rhinitis, fall is often full of sneezing, itchy eyes and trips to the doctor. With prevention and planning, though, you can spend fall enjoying festivals and hay rides instead of suffering with hay fever.

To keep yourself sneeze-free and out of the doctor’s office, here are some ways to stay healthy even in the midst of a severe fall allergy season.

Home Care
Being outdoors means you are bringing allergens indoors during allergy season. With all that pollen blowing around, here are a few ways to keep your home allergy free:

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➢        Clothing is a magnet for pollen. Wear sunglasses to keep airborne pollen away from your eyes, and wear a hat to keep pollen off your hair.

➢        Shower before going to bed and change into fresh clothing, so you don’t bring the pollen that may have clung to your skin, hair or clothes onto your sheets.

➢        Wash your sheets often.

➢        Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and use a portable HEPA filter in your home.

Doctor Care
No one likes going to the doctor but we want you to feel your best and sometimes that means coming in for a visit. Here are some things Doctors Express urgent care in South Plainfield can help you with.

➢        Allergy testing: Allergy tests can help determine what your allergy triggers are, which will help you steer clear of problematic plants and situations.

➢        Allergy medication: If you’re unsure what will work best in terms of nasal sprays or oral antihistamines, we can help point you in the right direction.

➢        Allergy shots: While temporarily unpleasant, injections can help with relief of allergy symptoms, particularly when they get severe.

Don’t let the fall season pass you by in a blur of sneezing! With a little vigilance, your allergies won’t keep you on the sidelines.

Doctors Express Urgent Care in South Plainfield is a state-of-the-art urgent care center open extended hours seven days a week.  Walk-ins are welcome, most insurance plans are accepted, and we offer a comprehensive suite of in-house services that include digital x-rays and on-site lab testing. All patients are treated by board-certified physicians and our wait times are comparatively short.  Visit us at 907 Oak Tree Avenue, Oak Park Commons (near the Super A&P) in South Plainfield or call us at 908-222-3500.  We’re open weekdays from 8am -8pm and weekends from 8am – 5pm.