Finding relief for seasonal allergies
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For some, this time of year brings itchy eyes, sneezing and a stuffy nose.
Tree pollen affects a majority of allergy sufferers, in addition to mold, pet dander and dust mites.
Sandra Hong, MD, an allergist with Cleveland Clinic, says a good one-two, over-the-counter punch can provide relief.
Start with a nasal steroid to combat congestion. Then take antihistamines, to fight itching and sneezing.
If your allergies become more severe, then check with your doctor.
"There are medications that can be prescribed and there can also be different types of immunotherapy – either sublingual, where we give you tablets under your tongue, or we can actually consider doing allergy shots that are so very effective for our patients," said Hong.
Allergies affect 50 million Americans each year.