Tree Pollen Allergy: You Don’t Need To Suffer

April 7, 2010

Despite the fact that there are many good medications to control and treat seasonal pollen allergy, people continue to suffer unnecessarily.  Here are some helpful hints:

1. If non sedating over-the-counter antihistamines are not controlling your symptoms, see your allergist.  There are a variety of prescription medications including oral antihistamines, oral leukotriene antagonists, nasal steroid sprays, nasal antihistamine sprays and an assortment of eye drops that can be used.

2. Use combinations of medications.  If one medication is not working, most people stop that medication and try another one.  Often a combination of medications is what is needed.  Usually this is done by combining together medications that act in different ways or at different sites.  This should be done with the help of your allergist.

3.  Learn exactly which pollens you are allergic to and start your medications before those pollen counts get too high and before you have symptoms.  If you know you are allergic to a specific pollen, you can anticipate when the counts of that pollen will be high.  Trees, grasses and weeds pollinate on a fairly regular schedule each year.  That schedule varies by geographic region.  It is more difficult to reverse symptoms that are already in full force as opposed to preventing severe symptoms in the first place.

Also, check out my March 25 post.

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