While we’re happy to see warmer temperatures, green grass and beautiful flowers, we’re not quite as happy to experience the allergy symptoms that often show up this time of year. If you’re having any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from allergies, and you’re not alone:
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Itching of the nose, ears, throat and skin
- Sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, headache
- Drainage in the throat, cough
First-line treatment for these symptoms could include over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medications, like Zyrtec (cetirizine), Allegra (fexofenadine) or Claritin (loratadine). Flonase nasal spray is now available OTC also, and could be added if needed. The use of nasal decongestant sprays isn’t recommended long-term because doing so can cause problems in the lining of the nose. Saline nasal rinse is a useful tool for those with allergies, especially those who like to remain active outdoors. Oral decongestants available OTC can help also, and include Sudafed and Sudafed PE, among others.
You should check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before taking any OTC medications, especially if you take medicine for high blood pressure or prostate conditions.
If allergy symptoms are causing trouble for you, give us a call at Summit Healthcare – your choice for quality family medical care.
Julie West, PA-C
Stephanie Stieben, PA-C