How can nasal irrigation help with my allergy symptoms?
Many allergy and sinus sufferers can benefit from a program of nasal irrigation with saline (salt water). There are various formats for delivering saline solution to your nose and sinuses: a squirt bottle, spray, neti pot or irrigator, which you can find at your local pharmacy or health food store. Recommended products also include moisturizing gels and sprays to lubricate and moisten sinus and nasal passages.
How can I avoid side effects?
Common side effects can be seen with overusing topical nasal decongestants; this may cause a “rebound,” a worsening of existing nasal symptoms, after more than 3-5 days of use. Oral decongestants may impact those with problems such as elevated blood pressure, glaucoma, enlarged prostate, insomnia and arrhythmia.
How often should I take my allergy medication?
Once you know what your allergies are, you can watch the local pollen count and take your medication at the proper time (often better before severe symptoms kick in). Always follow label instructions for optimal and safe usage.
Can I become “immune” to my allergy medications?
Many sufferers think their medications merely stop working. But those taking antihistamines do not develop a tolerance to them. It is often likely that, when symptoms worsen, you may need a combination of OTC and prescriptions medication to provide adequate relief.