With warmer weather finally arriving and pollen counts rising, people with seasonal allergies are likely starting to feel the effects. Trees, mold, and grass are the major offenders during this time of year. Common symptoms of seasonal allergies include:
- Runny nose
- Post-nasal drip
- Stuffy nose
- Itchy, puffy, or watery eyes
Seasonal allergies are not dangerous, but they can greatly impact a person’s quality of life. Luckily, there are treatments available to help treat this disease. Treatment options for seasonal allergies include:
Oral antihistamines. Oral tablets such as Claritin or Zyrtec help to block histamines, which are the natural substance made by the body during an allergic reaction.
Nasal Treatments. Nasal sprays like Flonase are nasal steroids that help to reduce inflammation in the sinus cavity. Nasal saline as a spray, drops, or by neti pot can be helpful to clear pollen and mucus.
Combination products. Products like Claritin-D are a combination of antihistamines and oral decongestants.
Eye drops. Antihistamines or steroids in eye drop form can help to reduce inflammation and eye-related symptoms like itching or a burning sensation.
Natural remedies. Products that contain quercetin, stinging nettles or bromelain can help relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies for people who do not want to take medications. D-Hist for example, helps to naturally reduce the inflammatory response when exposed to pollens.
People can be proactive about their seasonal allergies by taking these products throughout the season. Waiting for symptoms to pop up is unnecessary. When taken on a daily basis during peak allergy season, these treatments can help to lower the impact of seasonal allergies on everyday life.
There are also other options available for more severe cases. Contact us with questions or comments.