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Dealing with Seasonal Allergies

Coughing, sneezing, sniffling... oh yes, the signs of spring are here!  Millions of people across the U.S. are beginning to suffer from seasonal allergies! Dr. Ryan Dick from Entira Family Clinics shares his tips and what you can do you experience relief! 

What causes seasonal allergies?  Tree pollen, grass pollen, weed pollen and mold, grasses, dust mites allergies cannot be cured they can only be controlled by avoidance and meds. Hay fever or allergies caused by pollen or dust affects approximately 20% of people of all ages.

Common symptoms for eyes:
Itchy, red eyes, swelling and blueness of the skin below the eyes. Wear large sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to reduce the amount of pollen that will come to rest on the surface of your eyes. Use artificial tears to flush any pollen and don't touch or rub your eyes. Wash hands often with soap and water. Wash bed linens and pillowcases in hot water and detergent to reduce allergens. Avoid sharing and in some cases, wearing eye make-up, never share contact lenses or contact lens cases with someone else.

Common symptoms for nose: Watery nasal discharge, blocked nasal passages, sneezing, nasal itching.

Rinsing the nose with a salt water (saline) solution and blow your nose frequently to remove excess mucus in the nasal cavity and use over-the-counter decongestants.

Common symptoms for throat and ears: Sore/itchy throat, hoarse voice, congestion or popping of the ears

Medications:
Antihistamines relieve the itching, sneezing, and runny nose of allergic rhinitis. Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra; some cause drowsiness and others do not. 

Allergy skin test:
Skin tests may be useful for people who have symptoms that are not well-controlled with medications.