Seasonal

7 Tips for Fighting Seasonal Allergies

Dr. James Thompson Aug 29th, 2012 (updated Oct 12th, 2016)
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Allergy season is coming and you shouldn't let yourself or anyone else in your family become victims.  Here are seven ways you can help reduce the misery.

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Take your antihistamine daily
Take your antihistamine daily

If you are already taking a long-lasting antihistamine, make sure to take those meds daily, not just when your symptoms flare up. Regular daily dosing may better block the effect of histamine release when allergy triggers are inhaled.

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Get a prescribed nasal spray
Get a prescribed nasal spray

A prescribed nasal spray steroid is a cornerstone to seasonal allergy management. Ask your doctor for a prescription if you don't have one. An alternative would be an antihistamine based nasal spray. Occasionally both types of nasal sprays are recommended.

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Check your nasal spray technique
Check your nasal spray technique

Have your nasal spray technique checked with your doctor at least twice a year. Flaws in the use of nasal sprays can considerably impact the effectiveness of the medication.

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Review your skin test results
Review your skin test results

Review the results of allergy skin test with your doctor in order to ensure that you have taken adequate steps to reduce the impact of indoor triggers, such as dust mites, mold and pet dander. If you have not had allergy tests, ask your doctor about getting them.

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Keep windows closed
Keep windows closed

Keep your windows at home closed at all times. Turn on your air conditioner early in order to keep humidity levels in your home from rising. This may reduce dust mite and mold growth as well as filter some of the allergens in your indoor environment.

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Check your filters
Check your filters

Check to see if the filter on your cooling system needs changing. If you use an indoor air cleaner device, determine if filters or other maintenance matters need to be addressed.

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Do a saline rinse
Do a saline rinse

Many people have been aided by rinsing their nasal passages with nasal saline spray during peak periods of the allergy season. Simple flushing of the nose with a saline mist or buying a Neti pot can make a big difference.