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Spring Allergies, Part 2

I hope your were able to read my first recommendations for surviving and thriving during the spring allergy season.  If not, check out yesterday's suggestions to avoid the pollen and irratants.  Your local weather guru will often give your a heads up regarding the pollen count which can really help your plan your activities.  Today, I want to draw your attention to following your nose to more comfort and less sneezing and itching.


If your symptoms are mild, saline nasal rinses can provide relief with very few side effects.  These work by rinsing away the offending irritant and are available at your local pharmacy, or you can make your own by dissolving slightly less than 1/8th tsp of salt in 1 cup of water and rinsing your nose out with a neti-pot.


Nasal steroid sprays are available over the counter (ex.- Flonase and Nasacort) and also by prescription.  These reduce swelling and mucus in the nasal passages which helps with congestion, runny nose, sneezing, or itching.  They are for the most part, locally absorbed with very little systemic effect.  These do not start to work for about 7-14 days but in conjunction with antihistamines can really provide relief.