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How to Beat Allergies this Spring

Your nose is running. Your eyes are driving you crazy. You are congested and hurting. It is spring, and your allergies are at their peak. We know it can be a challenge to get your head out of this fog, but Friday is here to help.

There are simple, cost-effective ways to alleviate your allergy symptoms, and your Friday health plan can help along the way. Say goodbye to those symptoms and hello to enjoying breathing easy.

What causes spring allergies?

Allergies are often genetically passed through generations, and different people are allergic to different things. Ragweed is the main cause of symptoms along with other types of pollen and spring growth.

The only way to really know what you are allergic to for sure is to see an allergist and get tested.

How do I avoid allergens?

Sadly, the best way to avoid allergens is the most obvious and least ideal way: stay indoors. Roll up the windows when you are driving and keep the windows shut in your house.

In addition, wearing sunglasses and a hat while you’re outside can help keep the pollen out of your hair and eyes. Be sure to hop in the shower as soon as you get back indoors so you can help clear pollen grains from your skin and hair.

Quick guide to medications:

According to top allergists, there are several over-the-counter and prescription medications that can help relieve allergy symptoms, with nasal spray being the most effective.

But first, be sure to confirm you actually have allergies by seeing an in-network allergy specialist and getting tested.
Is my visit with an allergist covered by my Friday health plan?

Yes! Allergists are considered “specialists.” While you do not need a referral from your primary care doctor to see an allergist, you must see an allergist who is in the Friday Health Plans network, or you won’t be covered. Find one here.

The cost of seeing a specialist varies based on your specific Friday health plan, so be sure to review your plan details on your member portal before your visit or give us a call.

I’ll book an appointment with an allergist, but I need immediate help! What are other options for getting help with allergy relief?

We hear you! The great news is that if you want help fast to relieve symptoms while staying in the Friday network, you have a few great options.

Option 1: Teladoc

Teladoc is a speedy and effective service that allows you to speak with a doctor by phone, web, or mobile app in under 10 minutes. Teladoc is designed to handle a wide range of non-emergency illnesses, like sinus problems and allergies.

They can prescribe medications and will let you know if you need to see a doctor in person or follow up with any additional visits.

Best of all? Teladoc is a service that comes with every Friday health plan for $0. Access Teladoc here.

Option 2: Urgent care

As a Friday member, you have access to a great network of urgent care facilities for a $75/80 flat fee*.

*On Bronze Plus, Silver, and Gold Plans

Have any questions?

Visit our contact page here to reach out Care Crew. Health insurance can be complicated, and we’re happy to help!