Baptist Health Urgent Care Recognizes May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Spring has officially arrived – and so have allergies for many of us. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, approximately 50 million Americans experience various types of allergies each year.

Allergies develop when the body’s immune system overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people. These substances – known as allergens – are found in dust mites, pets, pollen, insects, ticks, molds, foods and some medicines. Fortunately, allergies can be relieved with proper prevention and treatment.

With spring allergy season in full bloom, May is recognized as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. “Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States and symptoms vary greatly in severity and type. Symptoms can include a runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes and a tickle in your throat to name a few,” says Matt Browning, M.D., Baptist Health Urgent Care Chief Medical Officer.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), people with respiratory illnesses like asthma may be more sensitive to pollen. Exposure to pollen has been linked to asthma attacks and increases in hospital admissions for respiratory illness.

Baptist Health Urgent Care centers in Beebe, Benton, Bryant, Cabot, Fort Smith (two centers), Jacksonville, Little Rock (two centers) and North Little Rock are open 7-days a week and provide relief from allergy symptoms. Walk-ins are welcome or for added convenience, patients can plan a same or next day visit online with Hold My Spot® or reserve a Telemedicine visit. Most insurance plans, TRICARE and VA, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as cash and credit cards, are accepted.  For more information about allergy symptoms and relief, visit


About Baptist Health Urgent Care

Baptist Health Urgent Care, with 10 locations in Arkansas, is a joint venture between Baptist Health and Urgent Team Family of Urgent Care & Walk-in Centers, one of the largest independent operators of urgent and family care centers in the Southeast. The centers offer a range of healthcare services including treatments for injuries and illnesses, occupational health and wellness care – seven days a week. In addition to walk-ins, patients can plan a same- or next-day visit online with Hold My Spot® or schedule a Telemedicine visit.  A Nashville-based company, Urgent Team Family of Centers provides quality and affordable family healthcare at 67 locations under seven brands: For more information, visit

About Baptist Health

For 100 years, Baptist Health has delivered All Our Best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 250 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.