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Spring Allergies…Here they come!

Are you familiar with the annoying symptoms that appear along with the blooming flowers.  Seasonal allergies, often referred to as hay fever, commonly include symptoms such as a runny and /or stuffy nose, excessive sneezing, watery eyes, post nasal drip or itchy throat, eyes or ears.

Seasonal allergies occur at different times of the year, but spring allergies are usually triggered by tree and grass pollen’s, from early march until summer.

The first step is to avoid the allergy triggers.  As soon as the weather warms up and pollen is in the air, keep the windows in your home or car closed.  Using a HEPA (Home air filter) indoors may also help clear airborne pollen.  Avoiding the outdoors altogether on days with the high pollen count may also be helpful (but not fun or practical).

Antihistamines are a class of meditations used to reduce allergy symptoms.  In an oral form they can help combat many types of allergy symptoms.  Less sedating over-the-counter oral antihistamines are the most effective when taken before exposure to an allergen.  Start taking these medications one week before and throughout allergy season to provide better symptom relief.

If these do not work, prescription antihistamines may work better. Talk to your doctor or clinical physician.

Nasal steroid sprays reduce inflammation, as well as reduce nasal, sinus and eye symptoms, but may take a few weeks of consistent use to produce results.

Plan ahead and beat your symptoms.  Ask your pharmacist, doctor or clinical physician to help you find the fastest and most effective medication this season.

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