If you’re a Northern California resident you know that pollen is NO joke each Spring. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), researchers say nasal allergies affect about 50 million people each year in the United States. Don’t spend your springtime suffering from itchy, burning eyes and a runny nose! Follow these 10 tips on how you can prepare and protect yourself for allergy season, provided by Owens Pharmacy and the experts from the AAFA:
- Limit your outdoor activities when pollen counts are high. This will lessen the amount of pollen allergen you inhale and reduce your symptoms.
- Keep windows closed during pollen season and use central air conditioning with a HEPA filter attachment. This applies to your home and to any vehicle (car, bus, train, etc.).
- Start taking allergy medicine before pollen season begins. Most allergy medicines work best when taken this way. This allows the medicine to prevent your body from releasing histamine and other chemicals that cause your symptoms.
- Bathe and shampoo your hair daily before going to bed. This will remove pollen from your hair and skin and keep it off your bedding.
- Wash bedding in hot, soapy water once a week.
- Wear sunglasses and a hat. This will help keep pollen out of your eyes and off your hair.
- Limit close contact with pets that spend a lot of time outdoors.
- Change and wash clothes worn during outdoor activities.
- Dry your clothes in a clothes dryer, not on an outdoor line.
- Consult an Owens Pharmacist about ways you can help prepare for allergy season!
Certain over-the-counter and prescription medicines may help reduce pollen allergy symptoms like:
- These come in pill, liquid or nasal spray form. They can relieve sneezing and itching in the nose and eyes. They also reduce a runny nose and, to a lesser extent, nasal stuffiness.
- Also available as pills, liquids, nasal sprays or even drops. They help shrink the lining of the nasal passages and relieve nasal stuffiness. Use decongestant nose drops and sprays only on the short-term.
- Nasal Sprays
- Corticosteroids: They reduce inflammation in the nose and block allergic reactions. They are the most effective medicine type for allergic rhinitis because they can reduce all symptoms, including nasal congestion. Nasal corticosteroids have few side effects.
- Cromolyn sodium is a nasal spray that blocks the release of chemicals that cause allergy symptoms, including histamine and leukotrienes. This medicine has few side effects, but you must take it four times a day.
An Owens Pharmacist would be happy to help you explore the right Over the Counter medication for you! Looking for the closest Owens Pharmacy to you? Visit us at www.myowens.com/locations to find contact info on the closest pharmacy near you!
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