Dealing with Seasonal Allergies
With summertime just around the corner, you don’t want to miss out on the beautiful South Bay weather because of seasonal allergies. We checked in with Dr. Larry Sher, an allergist at Peninsula Research, on how to deal with these problematic triggers. From grasses and weeds, like bluegrass and Russian thistle, to home culprits like dust and dust mites—we took the doc’s advice on the best remedies for treating symptoms.
Always have environmental control. Hepa filters and mattress box spring and pillow case covers are a great way to eliminate dust mites. It is difficult to eliminate environmental pollens, so the best you can do is protect yourself.
Store-bought, non-sedative antihistamines are a great way to prevent allergies, and some store-bought remedies are better than others. Sedating antihistamines such as Benadryl are also very effective and over-the-counter.
When going to an allergist, doctors often use saline sprays to wash out the nose and clear your sinuses. Consult your doctor about how to acquire this.
For severe seasonal allergies, ask your doctor for an allergy shot. These tend to stop allergies 80% of the time for the appropriate patient.
Lastly, the best remedies are what doctors can prescribe, which are usually nasal steroids. These typically involve topical antihistamines that you spray into the nose once a day.
Visit your doctor or allergist and ask what remedies will work best for you!