By: Dr. Raphael Strauss & Dr. Robyn Kreiner, Strauss Allergy & Asthma (Westbury & Commack, New York)
STAY INDOORS whenever possible during pollen season.
USE AIR CONDITIONING and keep the windows shut.
MEDICINES THAT WORK THE BEST:
- Nasal steroid sprays: Flonase, Nasacort, Rhinocort, Sensimist – most effective when used daily.
- Antihistamines- get the type that doesn’t cause drowsiness: Allegra(fexofenadine), Claritin(loratadine), Xyzal and Zyrtec(cetirizine). The generic products are just as good and less expensive.
- 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- -These 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.
IF these are not providing relief, see your doctor and consider consultation with an allergist.