How can I manage my spring allergies?

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

If you start having symptoms in the spring, if it’s basically a little bit of runny nose, itchy watery eyes, sneezing, you can try an over the counter antihistamine and there’s a plethora of them out there. A little bit of eye drops might help with the eyes, antihistamine eye drops. If the symptoms go beyond just that or you’re trying the antihistamines and they eye drops and you’re still not getting the results you need, you probably should go see an allergist, or at least your regular doctor. Seeing an allergist has a lot of advantages. We can prescribe the right medication for the right symptoms. We also have the only disease modifying treatment for allergies whether they are annual or perennial, and that would be immunotherapy. There are immunotherapies available in injectable form and sublingual form works just as well, as the injectable form and it’s more convenient. More than two thirds of people who believe they have just seasonal allergic rhinitis end up having allergies all year round. What happens is they get used to having some symptoms all year round, it becomes the new normal. Come season, it kind of escalates and then they believe that it’s basically just a seasonal thing. In reality, it’s not. If we treat every single allergen including the perennial ones like dust mites and pets and molds, the seasonal symptoms won’t be quite as severe.

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