Wellness Wednesday: How to prevent seasonal allergies

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For most, spring means finally enjoying the outdoors. For others, it means coughing, sneezing and headaches. Medical Director, Dr. Alexia Gillen with Regional Urgent Care says now is the time seasonal allergies kick into gear.

"People with allergies will start to have runny nose, sinus congestion, drainage down the back of their throat, cough, itchy, runny eyes," Gillen says. "And it's all because all of the new trees and grasses are starting to bloom.” 

Gillen describes allergies as something your body perceives are foreign and is trying to fight off. She suggests planning ahead.

"If you know that allergy season is coming and you typically have a hard time of year, starting those allergy medications early will help you not have a lot of symptoms. You certainly can, again, take the pills the antihistamine or allergy medications over the counter, or there are several other options that would be prescription or worth trying to talk to your doctor about."

Medication is the best way to treat seasonal allergies. But keep in mind, dust and pollen can gather in the house as well. Gillen suggests an air purifier. This is peak season for annoying allergens. The change to summer will bring welcome relief.

"Right now we're in the peak of the spring allergies because everything is in full bloom,” Gillen says. “After everything is done blooming, it will be a timid summer, and then fall allergies will start as those new weeds and pollen start to come out."

Of course, Gillen suggests you consult with a doctor before beginning a new medical regimen.

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