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Seasonal Allergies: What Treatment Is Best For You?

April 14, 20149 min
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 16.9 million adults and 6.7 million children suffer from seasonal allergies.Springtime can be wonderful, especially if you live in an area where the winters seem to drag on. The blooming flowers, buds on the trees and the appearance of green can bring you back into a happier state of mind. However, springtime also means pollen, dust and allergens are appearing as well, causing your to feel foggy, stuffed up and uncomfortable.You're not the only one who's miserable.In fact, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 16.9 million adults and 6.7 million children suffer from seasonal allergies.Allergy symptoms can often mimic the symptoms of a common cold. How do you really know the difference and when to seek medical attention?Typically, allergy symptoms are itchy nose, skin or eyes, running nose, watery eyes, feeling congested. These symptoms also occur seasonally, especially in the spring and fall. A stuffy nose can be a cold, but you won't have the itchiness. Symptoms of a cold also include achiness and fever.If you do suffer from seasonal allergies, it's important to have a plan of medications that work specifically for you. Some medications that work for your friends or family don't mean it will work effectively on you.How do you know which medication works better for you?There are so many options available, nasal sprays, nasal steroids and antihistamines. Some over the counter and some you need a prescription for. If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't hesitate to ask a pharmacist or your doctor for help.What are ways to reduce your allergy triggers?If your allergies are extreme, make sure to look at pollen counts before heading outside. You may not like it, but you may have to skip a nice day or two and stay inside. Other tips if you do head outside are covering your pillows with specific allergy protector pillowcases.What else do you need to know about your allergies?Chief Medical Officer and Group Vice President of Walgreens, Dr. Harry Leider discusses the difference between allergies and colds, home remedies for your allergies and other effective treatment options available to ease your allergy symptoms.

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