If you’re sniffling, sneezing or itching – there’s a good chance it may be allergies. Here’s what you need to know about what’s causing the reaction and how to treat it.
Dr. Nathan Box is a Freeman Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon. He said, “The tree pollen is def out in full force, so a lot of people i have been seeing recently have symptoms of sneezing, itchy/watery eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion, facial pain and pressure, headaches – even post nasal drainage that’s causing sore throats and a cough.“
Right now, the culprits are likely maple trees, oaks or elms. Dr. Box added, “Go ahead and rinse out the nose with those nasal saline washes – those are fantastic to do. Make sure you’re using distilled water please when you do that.“
Oral anti-histamines are one option for treatment. Said Dr. Boxs said, “If it’s really really bad – your nose is really running, sneezing all the time, and of course it’s close to bedtime, go ahead and take a Benadryl. However, if not, please go ahead and use the Class 2 anti-histamines like Zytec, Allegra or Claritin.“
If symptoms are extreme, patients should consider a skin test for allergies. Allergy shots can help treat those long term.