Preventing seasonal allergy symptoms

November 12, 2012

Preventing seasonal allergy symptoms

Spring is the most common time of year for the onset of seasonal allergy symptoms. Some of the most common ones, which many people suffer from, include a runny nose, congestion, rashes, sneezing and itchy eyes. Although the symptoms aren’t serious, they can be extremely annoying and irritating and can generally make you feel lousy. Approximately 16.9 million Americans complain of allergies every year. Allergies are caused when a substance that shouldn’t and doesn’t bother most people, irritates the immune system causing it to over react. During the springtime, this irritating substance is pollen but others, which can occur any time of the year, include dust, dust mites and pet dander. If you suffer from any seasonal allergy symptoms, try some of these treatment options and you find that you start to feel better.

Saltwater solution

Cleaning out your nose using a saltwater solution is an easy effective way of removing any pollen or other irritants that may have found there way into the nose. A study conducted in 2007 found that using this natural solution is actually more effective than some of the commercially available products such as saline sprays.

Claritin and Zyrtec

Over the counter allergy medicine has become more effective and more easily available over recent years. Claritin and Zyrtec used to be available by prescription only is not available over the counter so a visit to the doctor is not required. A substance produced by the body known as histamine is what causes the sneezing, itching, watery eyes and other symptoms of an allergy and these medications work by blocking it. These medications unlike some of the older options are less likely to make you feel drowsy after taking them. If these over the counter options don’t work for you, then see your doctor will be able to prescribe you an alternative.

Nasal Spary

Prescription nasal sprays work by reducing the inflammation and swelling in the nose, which can help to provide some relief as can antihistamine nasal sprays, which blocks the histamine right at the site of most of the symptoms. Nasal sprays may be prescribed if oral medication proves ineffective. Eye drops can help to relieve watery or itchy eyes as well as other symptoms of conjunctivitis.

Other medications

Seasonal allergy treatments can also be treated with decongestant medications, which are available both over the counter and by prescription. If looking for a medication containing pseudoephedrine then you will have to ask at the counter and may have to provide ID.

During the spring months preventing seasonal allergy symptoms can be as simple as closing the windows and turning on the air conditioning. Breathing in the pollen coming in through the window, especially for long periods of time such as at night will have serious contributing effects on allergy symptoms.

Finally if your seasonal allergy symptoms are really making you suffer, then you may want to consider getting allergy shots. These are regular injections of the substance you are allergic system so that your body becomes used to it. These shots have proved very effective in improving symptoms when other treatments have not.

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