Northwestern Medicine Allergist Gives Tips for Surviving Allergy Season
Northwestern Medicine Glenview Outpatient Center June 22, 2015
- Nasal allergies typically don’t emerge in adulthood unless there are new exposures, which can happen when moving to a different state or country. While there are always exceptions, Ditto said people tend to develop airborne allergies more often in childhood. If you are experiencing common allergy symptoms as an adult, an allergist can help you figure out what is triggering the new symptoms.
- Over the counter medications work. Try it; though consider your symptoms first. Do you need a decongestant for nasal stuffiness or an antihistamine for allergy symptoms like itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose? There are also decongestants added to antihistamines. “The newer over-the-counter allergy medications are non-sedating and they are very effective,” Ditto said. “Start with a non-sedating medication. If you take an over-the-counter allergy medication and it takes care of symptoms, you don’t need to do anything else.”
- See an allergist, who can prescribe a nasal steroid for treatment or help identify and then treat exactly what is causing the allergic reaction.
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