With spring and warmer weather now here, seasonal allergies are back. In fact, studies show that up to 30% of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.
What can you do to protect yourself from seasonal allergies this year? In this video, Dr. John Day shares three ways to beat seasonal allergies.
1. Avoid your triggers.
Learn what works and what doesn't work for you. Everyone is different.
For some people, avoiding your triggers could mean staying inside on windy, high mold or high pollen days. For others, it could be avoiding certain foods. Change your filters in your home regularly and use a HEPA air filter as well.
Showering at the end of the day is a great way to wash off the pollen. If you exercise outside, do it first thing in the morning. Nasal irrigation with saline can also help.
2. Over-the Counter Allergy Medications.
For break through allergy attacks, you may need over-the-counter medications. Two steroid nasal sprays that work for many people are Flonase and Nasonex.
Antihistamines can also be helpful. Common non-sedating antihistamines include Claritin, Allegra, or Zyrtec. If your nose is especially stuffed up, decongestants, like pseudoephedrine, can help but carry additional risks.
If you choose to take any over-the-counter medications, please discuss this ...