Allergies & Attitudes

Central Oregon is in that middle ground between Winter and Summertime, and while that definitely means getting out of the house a bit more, there’s many people whose sinuses, eyes, and throats are waking up from their seasonal slumber. These cyclical reactions, called allergies, are those sensitive parts of our bodies that respond to certain elements in our environment that only come around seasonally. We hope to provide some quick tips, tricks, and solutions on how to overcome the allergy symptoms you may be experiencing.

Unfortunately, you can develop allergies at any stage in life. With seasonal allergies, the usual suspects tend to look something like this:

  • Pollen both before & after rainfall
  • Airborne allergens from controlled burns
  • Grass and certain trees
  • Plants pollinating (especially Juniper in Central Oregon)

As you can tell, most of these culprits come from the outdoors. To keep on top of your allergy symptoms, it’s best to keep some non-drowsy allergy medicine on hand, like Zyrtec or Claritin. Both are available at your local drug store. Another note to remember is if you’re going to be heading out of town, you may want to take a brief glance at the weather and terrain for your business-or-pleasure destination. If you’re unsure of what sort of allergies you have and want to be a step ahead of your next episode, or you are currently experiencing allergy symptoms, give Family Choice Urgent Care a call. And we will help you.

Something else that’s not quite synonymous with the flowers and sunshine of this season is the amount of clinical depression that is diagnosed.When it comes to depression, there is no altruistic method for dealing with it. Life has so many ways of affecting us and we’re all different. The first correct step you can take is addressing the issue either clinically or professionally. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge that this season in your life isn’t your peak and open the door to positive possibilities.

Central Oregon is one of the best areas for getting out of a funk. There are many local and fun chances to get involved within our community and other groups willing to help with those May blues. Even if it is cooler temps and gray skies, dress warmly and go for a peaceful walk along the Deschutes River Trail. If you have some extra time, take a short drive to Terrebonne and explore Smith Rock National Park. And if you are still undecided on the large amount of snow we had this past winter, it isn’t too late to embrace it. The mountains still have plenty of snow for a leisurely snowshoe hike or fat bike outing. What’s important is to get out and get moving. You’ll be happy you did.

If your allergies are giving you grief or you’re feeling the weight of the forthcoming months, let Family Choice Urgent Care help you with all of your questions and concerns. We’re open 7 days a week, and you can book an appointment here.