GREAT FALLS – While many are enjoying the spring weather, it can cause big headaches for those with allergies.
Alluvion Health officials say it’s around this time of the year that allergy sufferers start to feel side effects.
They say it’s because plants and trees start to bloom with the changing of the seasons.
Here in north-central Montana, wind also plays a role in symptom severity.
Health officials say allergies may flare up on windy days depending on the person.
They recommend talking with a provider who can help determine the best approach to treatment.
“It’s really great to be able to come into a health center and have somebody see you and assess it and let’s figure out your trigger,” said Alluvion Health Family Nurse Practitioner Karie Pietrykowski. “Let’s figure out the best way to minimize your exposure, minimize the discomfort so you can go out and enjoy Montana spring and summer finally.”
Alluvion Health Center has several locations in Great Falls with same-day walk-in services like allergy testing available.
Locations include:115 4th St. S., Paris Gibson Education Center (PGEC) at 2400 Central Ave. and 601 1st Ave. N.
Hours are: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., PGEC hours: Monday-Wednesday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
The organization will also be hosting an open house to celebrate the opening of their main location at 601 1st Ave. N.
That event takes place Monday, April 29, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.
Drinks and light refreshments will be provided along with building tours.
Reporting by Keeley Van Middendorp for MTN News