A man rubbing his eyes due to severe symptoms of environmental allergies

CityMD's tips for identifying and managing environmental allergies.

Environmental allergies can put a severe damper on your spring season. Understanding these allergies, their causes and finding strategies to help you manage them can significantly improve your quality of life.

CityMD offers insights into identifying and managing environmental allergies, ensuring you can enjoy every season to the fullest.

What are environmental allergies?

Environmental allergies are immune system responses to substances that are typically harmless to most people. These allergens can be found indoors and outdoors, including pollen from trees, grasses, weeds, mold spores, dust mites and animal dander.

When someone with environmental allergies comes into contact with these allergens, their body perceives them as threats, leading to an allergic reaction. Symptoms can range from sneezing, itching and nasal congestion to more severe reactions like difficulty breathing and asthma attacks.


Why do I have such bad environmental allergies?

The severity of environmental allergies can vary greatly among individuals and is influenced by several factors:

  • Genetics. A family history of allergies or asthma increases your risk of developing allergies.
  • Exposure. High exposure to allergens at certain times can trigger a stronger allergic response.
  • Immune system sensitivity. Some people's immune systems are more prone to identify harmless substances as harmful, leading to more severe allergic reactions.
  • Environmental conditions. Weather changes, pollution and urban development can increase the amount of allergens in the air, exacerbating symptoms.

Understanding the specific triggers and why your body reacts so strongly can help you manage your allergies more effectively.


Treating environmental allergies at CityMD.

At CityMD, we understand the impact that environmental allergies can have on your daily life.

Our approach to managing these allergies includes the following:

  • Allergy testing. To effectively treat your allergies, you must know precisely what you're allergic to. CityMD can refer you to an allergy specialist at Summit Health that can help test you for different allergens. 
  • Personalized treatment plans. Based on your allergy tests and symptom severity, we'll develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. This may include over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops to relieve symptoms.
  • Lifestyle and environmental changes. We'll provide guidance on reducing allergen exposure in your home and outdoors, such as using air purifiers, keeping windows closed during high pollen seasons, and regular cleaning to reduce dust mites and pet dander.



Environmental allergies don't have to disrupt your life. With the right strategies and support from CityMD, you can identify your triggers, understand your body's reactions and implement effective treatments.

By managing your exposure to allergens and following a personalized treatment plan, you can minimize symptoms and enjoy all the seasons. If you're struggling with environmental allergies, visit your local CityMD for comprehensive care and expert advice tailored to your unique needs.

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