Friday, March 29, 2013

Preparing for Spring Allergies

The time of the year were spring allergies start is rapidly approaching.  You know the symptoms- itchy watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing attacks, stuffy nose, and feeling like you're in a stupor.

Don't despair, you don't have to just accept that fact that the spring flowers and tree blooms make you sick.  There's lots you can do to keep yourself feeling better and find relief for your symptoms.

Start medications early.  

  • See an allergist or your primary doctor to make sure you have medications on hand BEFORE symptoms start.  
  • There are many over-the-counter medications you can buy without a prescription, but you may need a prescription to get yourself through the season.
All sinusitis is not infectious.
  • I hear this all the time- hey doc, "I get sinusitis every spring and fall."
  • If this is happening to you, it may be a sign that you have allergic sinusitis.
  • What's allergic sinusitis- inflammation in your sinuses caused by allergies. 
  • Speak with your doctor or an allergist about how to prevent (yes prevent!) this from happening. 
  • That means less anti-biotics for you!
Know your triggers.
  • How can you avoid what's making you sick if you don't know what's causing it- you need to know your triggers and what you're sensitive to.
  • Know your triggers:  If you suspect you have allergies speak with an allergist to get tested so you can devise a specific plan to avoid your triggers. 
  • There's alot you can do without necessarily being on a daily medication by knowing your triggers.  
  • An allergist will spend time with you educating you on when and where those triggers are present and how to avoid them.
Allergies can cause Asthma.  Repeat- Allergies can cause Asthma.
  • If you have asthma, make sure you're rescue inhalers aren't expired and you have a good plan for treating exacerbations.  
  • Tree pollen can trigger and asthma exacerbation.
  • Having a plan and medications on hand can prevent you or your child from sleepless nights and or an emergency room visit.
Need help devising your plan for feeling better this spring season?
Call the office for an appointment a 212-679-3574 or click here Schedule an Appointment to schedule an appointment on line. 

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