Take Control of Seasonal Allergies

Written By: Dr. Stephen Lo

Spring is finally here, and everyone is eager to get outside to enjoy the nicer weather.  Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when many of us start to have seasonal allergies.  Seasonal allergies often occur in the spring months when many plants and trees are blooming and releasing pollen.  However, seasonal allergies can also occur during the summer or fall months, depending on which specific plants you are allergic to.

Typical seasonal allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose or runny nose
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Scratchy throat
  • Cough from nasal drainage

Treatment:

  • Try to avoid the specific plants that you are allergic to – for example, keep windows and doors closed in your house.
  • Over-the-counter antihistamines (such as loratadine or cetirizine or fexofenadine) can help to control and prevent allergy symptoms – it is best to take these medications every day during your allergy season.
  • Nasal steroid sprays can help reduce runny nose and sneezing.
  • Anti-histamine eye drops can to help control itchy and watery eyes.

If you have asthma, it is important to remember that seasonal allergies can trigger an asthma attack.  It is best to keep both your seasonal allergies and your asthma under good control during allergy season. 

Talk with your medical provider if you have any questions, or if your symptoms are not improving with the above.