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With allergy season in full bloom, we asked Carson Medical Groups own Ear Nose and Throat Doctor/Airborne Allergist, Dr. Philip Schlager, about what can be done if you are an allergy sufferer.
To prevent allergies, he recommends to keep your windows closed when it is your peak season, due to winds generally picking up in the afternoons. Allergies tend to be worse in the morning so using an over the counter nasal flush/rinse may be beneficial. Lastly, avoidance is your best option if possible.
If you are an allergy sufferer and your allergies have already started to kick in, Dr. Schlager suggests using over the counter allergy pills and nasal sprays. Nasal sprays work great for those who are suffering from a runny, stuffy, or itchy nose, and sneezing.
Dr. Schlager says be aware that when taking these over the counter meds, there may be some side effects to look out for. Nosebleeds are a common side effect when using nasal sprays. If this happens discontinue immediately. Medications with decongestants as an ingredient can cause elevated blood pressure, insomnia, and even prostate issues in some males. Other medications such as Benadryl or Zyrtec can cause drowsiness. Dr. Schlager also reminds people not to take Allegra with any type of fruit juice; it reduces the absorption and causes the medication to not be as affective.
Dr. Schlager states that some people will have less allergy problems as they get older and will only need to take medications as needed. However, allergies never officially go away so if you suffer from severe allergies it is best to take your allergy medications regularly.