Health First: Curbing Your Allergies and Upper Respiratory Infections
CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV & HEALTH FIRST) — Living in the Lowcountry, allergies are one of the most common complaints. Often patients will come to the office thinking they have bronchitis, or a sinus infection only to find out, they are suffering from allergies. Allergies affect over 50 million people in the United States, and have a strong genetic factor. Take these simple steps to start feeling better fast…
1. Start taking medication now. Some people wait until the symptoms build up before they start taking their allergy medications. Start taking allergy medications a few weeks before allergy season hits to minimize the severity and duration of your symptoms.
2. Don’t quit your medication. Nasal sprays can take several days to reach their full effect, so don’t assume they’re not working if you don’t get relief right away.
3. Take an antihistamine at night. The older antihistamine medicines like Benadryl are stronger than newer drugs, but they make you drowsy, so they’re perfect for nighttime use.
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