Freeman Medical Focus: Allergy Season

Freeman Medical Focus

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.

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