Spring allergy relief
Now that spring is here, it means blooming trees and flowers. While the sight is pretty — it can also mean misery for those suffering from seasonal allergies.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Now is the time dust and pollen are flying through the air, giving allergy sufferers more than just a headache.
Typical symptoms can include dry or watery eyes, dry or runny nose, cough or plugged ears.
The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacist Clay Sloan warns not to get allergies confused with a head cold, which may present with the same symptoms. To find out if it is truly allergies, you can get tested by an allergist.
But typical allergies can be relieved with over-the-counter medications, which may include a decongestant or anti-histamines that so to speak ‘dry you up.’
Sloan says, “Anti-histamines are standard treatment for allergies and those block the allergic response in the body which is mediated by histamine so that is one of the chemical things that our body causes, the symptoms of runny nose, watery eyes … that’s kind of one of our body’s mechanisms to find those things and produce inflammation; however, when we’re having allergies it’s kind of working against us a little bit because it’s fighting off the pollen or the things that are aggravating us. But it’s causing us to have those symptoms and not be as comfortable during the day.”
You can also try rinsing your nasal passages with a saline solution, which would get rid of mucus and allergens from your nose and will relieve congestion and may even help with watery eyes.
But know possible side effects before taking any medications, as some may cause drowsiness or interact with other medications you may be taking. It’s always important to consult with a professional first.
“It’s really important for people to visit with their pharmacist and get a recommendation because some medication should not be taken from more than just a couple days in a row and it’s important for people because they actually can cause some issues with rebound congestion and some challenges that way…a pharmacist can help you pick a good medication and again kind of discuss how long and the right time to take it and some medications last longer than others do, so there’s actually quite a bit of options there. So it’s good to visit the pharmacist when you go to select an over the counter, ” says Sloan.