If you’re like most people, you’ve probably pet a dog or cat at least once. But have you ever been curious about getting up close and personal with farm animals? If your answer is “yes,” then you should definitely drop by the Animal Farm event that runs from June 25 to August 21 at Forest Park.
Here you can interact with farm animals such as ducks and goats, and if you have kids, they can enjoy activities such as horseback riding. However, before you proceed to the event, , U.S. HealthWorks, which operates an Everett urgent care center, reminds people to be wary of allergy attacks at such events.
What’s the Deal with Allergies?
Here’s an important statistic to know about allergies: according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), around 50 million American suffer from allergies. With so many people suffering from allergies, they have become the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the country, collectively costing people a whopping $18 billion in medical care.
But just what are allergies? In a nutshell, allergies are an adverse reaction of your immune system to certain substances or triggers. The exact reason for allergies has yet to be determined, which is why some people are allergic to certain things, while others are not. What you should know, however, is that allergic reactions can lead to anaphylactic shock, a life threatening condition.
Managing Your Allergies
An animal’s dander, urine, feces, and saliva can all be allergens, which is why you need to take caution when visiting places such as the Animal Farm. And since its summer, you may also be exposed to dust and pollen, which are also common allergens.
Fortunately, most minor allergic reactions can be safely treated at home. If you suffer from allergic symptoms, there are many over-the-counter medications that can alleviate your discomfort. For instance, you can purchase antihistamine medication from drug stores to relieve congestion. Likewise, itchy eyes may also be treated with eye drops, which can also reduce redness. If you’ve developed rashes, a combination of topical creams and an ice compress will relieve the itching.
However, do note that if such self-care practices do not improve your condition, it may be time to seek urgent care in Everett. This is crucial if the symptoms linger and become a hindrance to sleep and work. And of course, visit a doctor if your allergy leads to secondary infections or complications, such as inflammation.
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