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Spring Allergies

While many people have enjoy warm days that signify spring, others are dreading something else that comes with warmer weather - seasonal allergies.

Nearly 40 million people suffer from seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever, with symptoms such as a stuffy, runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing and wheezing.

These following steps are recommended to help reduce your exposure and to control symptoms:

It's important for you to know what you are actually allergic to, so an allergist or otolaryngologist can accurately diagnose and help them manage your condition.

Treatment can include antihistamines, decongestants, prescription nasal corticosteroids and/or immunotherapy (allergy shots). What works best for one person may not be as effective for another, which is why it's important to see a doctor before your allergies get out of control. A number of kits are now available over the counter to acutally flush out the nose with salt water.  This may be helpful, particularly after excessive exposure, to wash allergens from the nose.

This article originally appeared in UC Health Line (3/22/07), a service of the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center Public Relations Department and was adapted for use on NetWellness with permission, 2007.

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Last Reviewed: Jan 05, 2009

Allen M Seiden, MD Allen M Seiden, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Division of Rhinology and Sinus Disorders, Director of University Taste and Smell Center, Director of University Sinus and Allergy
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati