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Allergy Tips – prevention and treatment!
Work to identify and avoid your allergens (don’t open your window at night if you have seasonal outdoor allergies!).
*Water*!!! – If you are even a little dehydrated, then your body produces histamines which make your allergies worse, so you need to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces a day plus extra after exercise (preferably plain filtered water with no sweetener additives). No other drink hydrates like water, and doing this has made me (Dr. Lisa) not have to take my daily Singulair for mild asthma!
Natural Treatments for Allergies = *Water *1st and then…
Saline irrigation with a neti pot or squirt bottle. This is what I use daily to irrigate my sinuses (made by Neil Med), and at any sign of increased congestion or infection I use it two or more times a day. Even my grade school children ask for it.
Natural D-Hist-our great natural herbal antihistamine for adults &children ($back guarantee, 6/d for 1st week then2/d)
EmergenC – fizzy tasty drink packets of 1000mg Vitamin C w other minerals that blunt allergy responses.
Antihistamines: -help with the sneezing, itching, runny nose (& can add Sudafed to make the “D” to any of these – but use Sudafed with careful caution if you have high blood pressure or prostate problems)
Usually non sedating: Claritin (Alavert) & Zyrtec &Allegra – available over the counter
By prescription: XYZall generic, Clarinex brand name
Sedating – Benadryl (best used at night, and can add to one above if needed/severe allergy)
Sudafed (see above), Mucinex
Cortisone-take several days and need to continue to see best effect, help w runny nose, eye itching, ear congestion
Flonase (available generic), Nasacort, Nasonex, Veramyst, Omnaris, Rhinocort
Antihistamine/Other – quick acting, and can use as needed
Astelin & Astepro, Atrovent
Types like Afrin you can only use for short periods of time (no more than 1 week)
OTC – Zaditor (comes in generic), Naphcon A , Visine A
RX – Patenol, Optivar
Singulair – can help especially for congestion symptoms and asthma/wheezing/cough
If significant symptoms persist despite medicines, if you require medicine much of the time, or if you are suffering recurrent infections, please make an appointment to see us. You may need allergy testing to identify and eliminate your triggers (such as outside, inside, and food allergens).
Prayers for your health!