Intranasal steroids sprays are considered the safest and most effective treatment. it is recommended to start using these a week or two before pollen season begins. Available brands include Budesonide (Rhinocort), Fluticasone (Flonase), and Triamcinolone.
Antihistamines, taken as a pill or tablet, help ease itchiness, stop sneezes and clear up runny noses. Loratadine (Claritin), Fexofenadine(Allegra), and Cetirizine (Zyrtec) are all examples of OTC antihistamines.
Cromolyn (Crolom) is an over-the-counter nasal spray that blocks the release of histamines, the chemicals that cause runny nose and sneezing. For best effect, start using Cromolyn before allergy season and symptoms begin.
Decongestants open up a stuffy nose. Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) or phenylephrine are available as tablet or pills and should only be used short term, two weeks or less. Decongestant sprays and eye drops are also available, HOWEVER, you should only use them for up to 3 days. It is important to remember that decongestants can raise your blood pressure and should only be used if your blood pressure is well controlled.
|Symptoms more common of COVID-19||Symptoms common of both||Symptoms more common of seasonal allergies|
|Fever & Chills||Cough||Itchy or Watery Eyes|
|Muscle and Body Aches||Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing*||Sneezing|
|New Loss of Taste or Smell||Fatigue|
|Nausea or Vomiting||Headache|
|Congestion or Runny Nose||Chart credit: CDC|
As much as it feels good to let fresh air into your home, leaving the window open lets allergens in. Keeping your windows closed will keep the allergens out of your bedroom.
Placing an air purifier in your bedroom will help clear the air of common household allergens like dust mites, pollen, and pet dander. It is important to change the filters regularly to keep the purifier working efficiently.
Showering before bed not only washes the pollen away, but is also a great way to relax before bed, helping you get more restful sleep.
This will ensure that you have enough medication in your system to carry you through for less interrupted sleep time.
Living with allergies can be challenging; speak with your physician about over-the-counter, prescription, and lifestyle changes that could provide you with some relief.