Woman sneezing from spring allergies

Tips for dealing with allergy symptoms

Allergies are often a nuisance for those who suffer from them.

Allergic reactions are caused by several offenders including food, pets, and pollen. Symptoms usually involve itchy or watery eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, and skin irritation. The most severe cases involve swelling of the mouth, severe stomach discomfort, and difficulty breathing.

"Individuals who experience seasonal allergy symptoms can treat themselves with antihistamines and prescription products such as nasal steroids," said Wellspring pharmacist Ebony Pathak. "Those hoping to limit symptoms may find it helpful to pre-treat with antihistamines prior to coming in contact with the allergen."

Pathak also recommends doing the following to help combat symptoms:

  • Take a shower before going to bed. (This will remove excess pollen from your body.)
  • Check and change A/C filter throughout spring season.
  • Keep windows and doors closed when the weather gets warm. (This reduces the amount of pollen let into your home.)¬†

For individuals who suffer from severe allergic reactions it may be necessary to carry an emergency kit containing epinephrine at all times.

For more specific allergy information, talk to your pharmacist or consult an allergist or ENT (otolaryngologist).