What to do when allergy season strikes

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Spring not only brings nice weather and blooming flowers, but it also brings allergies. Pollen count for northeastern Indiana is moderate, according to the National Allergy Forecast. The pollen conditions can change quickly and get worse as temperatures increase.

Allergy symptoms can include:

  • Itchy eyes, nose
  • More tears than normal
  • Postnatal drip
  • Runny nose
  • Scratchy throat
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose

Health experts at CVS pharmacy’s MinuteClinic suggest that if people are prone to allergies, it’s important to start medication as soon as possible to prevent inflammation and discomfort early in the season.

Over the counter medications like antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops can help with allergies, MinuteClinic nurse practitioner, Emily Hurst, said. Hurst noted that this year Flonase and Nasacort are now available over the counter versus prescription and can be an effective remedy. If they don’t help, other prescription medicines are available.

Hurst said there are a number of ways people can do if they have season allergies.

  • Avoid being outdoors when pollen counts are high
  • Change clothes after being outside
  • Leave shoes outside
  • Don’t bring clothes or shoes into an area where you sleep
  • Keep windows closed and turn on the air conditioning
  • Dust and vacuum regularly
  • Change the air conditioning filter regularly

Allergies can also complicate other respiratory conditions such as asthma. MinuteClinic offers a health condition monitoring service for people suffering from asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

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