Although manyhay fever remedies are sold on pharmacy shelves, not everyone gets relief from over-the-counter products. Some also find their symptoms unpredictable theyre not bad one year, but a mess the next. This is when its time to visit an allergist.
Consulting a specialist to review your symptom history and for allergy testing will help to identify whats setting off reactions. That will make it easier to understand triggers and to prevent symptoms, possibly by ramping up medications in advance of spring or fall pollen season.
Other culprits, such as dust mites, cat or dog dander or tobacco smoke, could also be triggering sneezing and wheezing, so its helpful to make notes for the allergist on possible exposures and when symptoms occur.
Also look for a specialist if you find yourself constantly tired during allergy season, and struggling to concentrate on tasks. Sinus pressure and pain, or wheezing and shortness of breath should also prompt you to make a date with your doctor.
The Options for TreatmentAvoiding Triggers
Avoidance is the first line of defense. That may mean reducing the amount of time you spend outside during pollen season, and changing your clothes and taking a shower when you come inside to remove pollen.
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