By: Dr. Robyn Kreiner & Dr. Raphael Strauss, Strauss Allergy & Asthma (Westbury & Commack, New York)
Spring is here the trees have begun to pollinate. While some may start to enjoy the warmer weather others may be dreading allergy symptoms. It’s time to stock up on allergy meds and find the best allergy regimen that works for you. It is important to start medications before symptoms begin. Consider a Spring allergy tune-up.
Over the counter products- what to buy:
1) Nasal steroid sprays: Flonase, Nasacort, Rhinocort, Sensimist are most effective when used daily
2) Antihistamines: get the type that does not cause drowsiness: Allegra(fexofenadine), Claritin(loratadine), Xyzal and Zyrtec(cetirizine). The generic products are just as good and less expensive.
3) Eye drops: over the counter allergy eye drops contain the medication ketotifen (Zaditor, Alaway) and artificial tears are helpful. DON’T RUB YOUR EYES
Allergy medications that can cause drowsiness such as Benadryl.
Decongestants- tend to cause adverse effects such as insomnia, elevated blood pressure
Avoid topical decongestants such as Afrin, Naphcon and Visine. Long term use can cause increased congestion and red eyes.
Although it is nearly impossible to avoid all pollen, here are some tips to limit your exposure
If these do not make you comfortable, see your allergist to discuss other options. There is no need to be uncomfortable.
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