Spring flower buds and blooming trees can make millions of people, who have seasonal allergies, miserable! Sneezing, congestion, runny nose and other bothersome symptoms can be prevented and relieved if the triggers are avoided ahead of time. Bluegrass Pharmacy is here to help with tips to avoid triggers, keep allergies at bay and treat allergy symptoms. If you suffer from seasonal allergies and want more information talk to a Bluegrass Pharmacist today!
• Stay indoors on dry, windy days — the best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
• Remove clothes you’ve worn outside; you may also want to shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
• Don’t hang laundry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels.
• Wear a dust mask if you do outside chores such as mowing the lawn.
• Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier
• Use air conditioning in your car or home instead of natural air through windows.
• Change your home air filter often
• Use a portable high-efficiency particulate air filter in your bedroom.
• Clean floors often with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter
• Oral antihistamines can help relieve sneezing, itching, runny nose and watery eyes. Examples of once daily oral antihistamines include loratadine (Claritin, Alavert), cetirizine (Zyrtec) and fexofenadine (Allegra). These antihistamines are available over the counter. Ask your doctor or pharmacist which one is right for you.
• Decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) can provide temporary relief from nasal stuffiness but can increase blood pressure. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking these medications. Decongestants also come in nasal sprays, such as oxymetazoline (Afrin) and phenylephrine (Neo-Synephrine). Only use nasal decongestants for short-term relief. Long-term use of decongestant nasal sprays can actually worsen symptoms.
• Nasal saline & Neti pots can ease allergy symptoms and do not have serious side effects, by rinsing your sinuses.