Managing Seasonal Allergies
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Spring and Summer are active times of the year for people living in the Atlanta area. Love is in the air, in more ways than one. Trees and grasses release pollen into the air as part of their reproductive cycles. Life is good, unless you are a person with allergies to those pollens.
The best way to deal with allergies is to simply avoid the allergen, the irritant that causes the uncomfortable allergy symptoms in the person. Some common ways to reduce the presence of allergens include frequently washing bedding, closing windows and doors, remaining indoors during high pollen count days, eliminating possible sources for mold growth and regularly vacuuming carpet in a house or apartment.
If that is not entirely possible, many people will use over-the-counter antihistamines available at many pharmacies. The newer antihistamines, fexofenadine (Allegra®), loratadine (Claritin®) and cetrizine (Zyrtec®), are preferred over the older antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) and chlorpheniramine (Chlor-trimeton), because the newer antihistamines cause less drowsiness.
Patients with asthma or other breathing issues should consult with Dr. Chacko before taking an antihistamine, because antihistamines can cause additional problems. Patients with glaucoma and compromised urinary tract function issues may also have problems with antihistamines.
There are combination formulations with antihistamines and nasal decongestants, which are often behind the counter at a pharmacy. The nasal decongestant, pseudoephedrine, is subject to federal laws in purchasing the product. There is a limit to the amount of pseudoephedrine that can be purchased on one day and over one month. The purchases are tracked in a national database via the purchaser’s driver’s license or the purchaser’s state identification card. The purchaser will sign a statement attesting that they will not manufacture methamphetamine. The nasal decongestants can cause problems with people with high blood pressure and people taking antidepressants, so a physician’s care is recommended in those circumstances.
Learn How to Manage Seasonal Allergies
You don’t have to continue to suffer every year. Dr. Chacko and his team have treatment options that can help you manage your seasonal allergies. Make an appointment at one of our clinics today to discover your allergy management options. Our clinics are located in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call us at 678-668-4688.