Minimize Your Misery by Preparing for Allergy Season

Are you ready for the onslaught of ragweed and grass pollen? Nobody likes allergy season, and this one is predicted to be quick hitting and intense, according to accuweather.com. If you want to make yourself more comfortable this season, or at least bring your allergy symptoms into a tolerable range, it’s best to start preparing early.

“If you prepare for allergy season before your symptoms fully develop, it will be easier to reduce their severity, and keep them under control,” explains Peter Lamelas, M.D., CEO of MD Now Urgent Care.

Here are six great ways to get ready:

  1. Before allergy season starts, install quality air-conditioning filters, and be sure to change them regularly.
  1. For itchy eyes, use allergy relief eye drops. According to Dr. Lamelas, “Over-the-counter allergy relief eye drops stimulate your eyes’ ability to fight uncomfortable symptoms like itching, watering, and irritation. Prescription eye drops are also available for people with severe allergies.”
  1. Try a saline nasal rinse. Saline is simply a saltwater solution, but it becomes an effective allergy medicine by clearing mucus and washing away pollen and other irritants.
  1. Using a corticosteroid nasal spray is one of the most effective ways to get allergy relief. However, these can take up to two weeks to start working correctly, and the longer you wait to use them, the less pollen it will take to trigger your symptoms. Starting your steroid allergy medicine early will stop more severe symptoms before they take hold.
  1. Take an antihistamine. Although their ability to relieve symptoms is limited, over-the-counter antihistamines can provide some relief.
  1. Get allergy shots. Immunotherapy can take up to six months to work, so for the best results, start taking allergy shots early. Although the treatment requires multiple visits at first, the frequency of your shots will gradually decline over time.

“At MD Now,” says Dr. Lamelas, “we can provide effective allergy treatment using prescription nasal sprays and over-the-counter antihistamines. We also will evaluate your condition carefully to make sure you don’t have something more serious like a chronic sinus infection, which requires a different type of treatment.”

Skip the spring misery by letting MD Now Urgent Care help you get a head start on effective allergy management. All of our locations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, 365 days a year, and operate on a walk-in, no-appointment basis to conveniently suit your schedule. With locations throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, quality care is always in reach. For the South Florida locations nearest you, visit www.mdnow.com/locations.

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