Allergy Prevention and Treatment 2018!
Identify and avoid your allergens. Don’t open your window at night if you have seasonal outdoor allergies!
Allergy season can also go hand in hand with cold and virus season. Many antibiotics don’t help with viral infections and some can have unwanted side effects.
Our ACS Silver Nasal Spray can be used 1-2 sprays up to 3 times daily with no side effects and silver can help with viral infections where no antibiotic can! This nasal spray (pictured here with our Vitamin C and DHist) is a new favorite here at Excell for Life.
Natural Treatments for Allergies
*Water*!!! – If you are even a little dehydrated, then your body produces histamines which make your allergies worse. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces a day plus extra after exercise (preferably plain filtered water with no sweetener additives).
Saline irrigation with a neti pot or squirt bottle. Use this 1-5 times daily when experiencing any sign of increased congestion or infection. This flushes out allergens you are exposed to.
Vitamin C – our Ascorbic Acid by THORNE RESEARCH before every meal for best absorption or Emergen-C the fizzy tasty drink packets of 1000mg vitamin C with other minerals. This blunts allergy responses and will help with congestion and cough.
These products can be found and purchased at https://www.excellforlife.com/shop – you do not have to be a patient to login and order.
Medicine for Allergies
Antihistamines help with the sneezing, itching, runny nose (& can add Sudafed to make the “D” to any of these, but use Sudafed with caution if you have high BP or prostate problems.)
Usually non-sedating: Claritin, Zyrtec, Xyzall & Allegra – available over the counter.
Sedating – Benadryl (best used at night & can add to one above if needed.)
Decongestants: Sudafed, Mucinex
Nose Sprays (help with nose congestion, eye symptoms and ear congestion.)
Cortisone – takes several days to work and continue daily to see best effect.
- OTC: Flonase & Nasacort
- Rx: Nasonex, Veramyst, Omnaris, Rhinocort
Antihistamine/Other – quick acting and can use as needed
- OTC: X-Clear w xylitol, NasalCrom, Afrin (use only up to 1 week)
- Rx: Astelin & Astepro, Atrovent
- OTC: Zaditor (comes in generic), Naphcon A , Visine A
- Rx: Patenol, Optivar
Rx: Singulair – daily or as needed to help congestion symptoms and asthma/wheezing/cough. If you get this prescribed at your visit, Excell for Life can fill the order here.
If significant symptoms persist despite medicines or if you require medicine daily 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).