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Summer Allergies: How Common Are They? - Legacy ER

Summertime means many great things: sunshine, ice cream trucks, barbecues, swimming, and time off. It also means sneezing, dry eyes, and runny noses for those who suffer from allergies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies each year — that’s more than one in 10 people! And while you might have guessed that allergies are fairly common, you might not know just how common they are.

Summer Allergies

Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

Around the world, allergic rhinitis affects between 10% and 30% of people. Domestically, it affects 8.1% of people over the age of 18. Though that figure may seem small, the CDC reports that about 19.9 million people were diagnosed with hay fever in 2017.

Insect Allergies

About five percent of the U.S. population is affected by insect sting allergies. While that percentage may seem low, this allergy can prove fatal. Insect sting anaphylaxis leads to at least 90 deaths each year!

When you think about insect sting allergies, odds are that you think of bee stings, but ant bites can also trigger episodes. What’s more, cockroaches and dust mites can also cause skin or nasal symptoms.

Solar Urticaria (Sun Hives)

If you suggest catching rays to your friend and they run and hide, they might suffer from sun hives or solar urticaria.

A sun allergy, as it’s also sometimes called, is an allergy that causes hives to form on the patient’s skin after being exposed to the sun, and only from solar exposure.

Though it is rare, it can affect a person of any race and any age. The median age of a patient’s first breakout is 35.

Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., costing the nation in excess of $18 billion. Though the numbers may make it seem as though allergies are rarer than men think, they’re nothing to sneeze at.

Fortunately, many over-the-counter medicines are available to help. If you suffer from a more severe allergy, though, consider getting help at an emergency care facility.

Legacy ER & Urgent Care Has Several Locations

Legacy ER & Urgent Care is here to meet your medical care needs by providing affordable pricing and quality care. As part of Intuitive Health’s innovative hybrid model ER and urgent care system, patients are only billed for the level of care they receive from professional and highly trained medical staff. With a total of six centers located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, emergent and non-emergent care are accessible and transparent, focusing on superb customer service.

Legacy ER & Urgent Care has six convenient locations in the DFW area:

  • Allen – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 1310 W. Exchange Pkwy Allen, TX 75013, and may be reached at 972-526-5819.
  • Coppell – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 330 S Denton Tap Rd Coppell, TX 75019 and may be reached at 469-702-9917.
  • Frisco East: Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 16151 Eldorado Pkwy Frisco, TX 75035 and may be reached at 972-526-7009.
  • Frisco West: Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 9205 Legacy Dr. Frisco, TX 75033, and may be reached at 972-526-7020.
  • McKinney – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 2810 Hardin Blvd McKinney, TX 75072, and may be reached at 972-573-6688.
  • North Richland Hills: Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 8950 N. Tarrant Pkwy North Richland Hills, TX 76182, and may be reached at 817-663-1247