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Nipping Seasonal Allergies in the “Bud”

Posted by Drew Mandish on

Seasonal allergies — also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis — can make you miserable. But before you settle for plastic plants and artificial turf, there are things you can do to be able to smell the flowers again! Over-the-counter (OTC) remedies

  • Oral antihistamines. Antihistamines can help relieve sneezing, itching, runny nose and watery eyes. Examples of oral antihistamines include loratadine (Claritin, Alavert), cetirizine (Zyrtec Allergy, others) and fexofenadine (Allegra Allergy).
  • Decongestants. Oral decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Afrinol, others) can provide temporary relief from nasal stuffiness. Decongestants also come in nasal sprays, such as oxymetazoline (Afrin) and phenylephrine (Neo-Synephrine). Only use nasal decongestants for short-term relief. Long-term use of decongestant nasal sprays can actually worsen symptoms (rebound congestion).
  • Nasal spray. Cromolyn sodium nasal spray can ease allergy symptoms and doesn't have serious side effects, though it's most effective when you begin using it before your symptoms start.
Reduce your exposure to allergy triggers
  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days — the best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
  • Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens. Wear a dust mask if you must do outside chores and remove clothes you've worn outside as well as shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
  • Use the air conditioning in your house and car. If you have forced air heating or air conditioning in your house, use high-efficiency filters and follow regular maintenance schedules.
  • Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier and use a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom
  The best strategy in keeping allergies at bay is to prevent exposure. If you cannot avoid exposure and must be outside, use the OTC medications above as directed and according to your healthcare provider’s recommendation. By reducing exposure as much as possible and using OTC medications when needed, you can make it through allergy season with ease!

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