To help you make it through the allergy season, Holly Lee, FNP and clinical director of our Flushing site and one of our family nurse practitioners, shares some tips on how you can limit your contact with pollen and reduce your allergy symptoms.
Fighting your allergies can be a difficult battle, especially during this year’s allergy season. As grass, plants and trees grow and bloom at the same time, they will release a surge of pollen that will cause many people to sneeze, cough and tear endlessly.
Many of us suffer during allergy season because our bodies treat pollen as a foreign substance. Our bodies will then trigger protective responses known to us as allergy symptoms. These symptoms include itchy and watery eyes, itchy throat, sneezing and runny nose.
There are also over-the-counter medications like loratadine (Claritin) and cetirizine (Zyrtec) to help relieve allergy symptoms. If you have severe allergies, your doctor can prescribe you stronger medications like nasal sprays and eye drops. You can also ask your doctor if you may benefit from an allergy vaccine.
Power through –– allergy season is almost over!
Written by Bonnie Tse. Bonnie Tse is a health educator at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Hunter College.