Relief for Summer Allergies
For many Canadians, allergy season can start in the early spring and last through to autumn. When you are allergic to an outdoor allergen, such as tree or grass pollen, your immune system releases a chemical substance inside your body called histamine. Histamine triggers allergy symptoms including sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, itchy throat and headaches.
What you can do for Allergy Relief:
- Antihistamines: Antihistamines relieve allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and itching nose and throat. Antihistamines are available in tablets, liquids and eye drops. Different formulas exist, including non-drowsy and drowsy formulas.
- Decongestants: These help clear your stuffy nose and improve breathing; however, if drops or sprays are used for too long, your blocked nose may get worse.
- Vitamin therapy: Taking vitamins can help to reduce inflammation and support your immune system. Commonly used vitamins for these purposes include Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, Selenium, Zinc, and Omega-3, fish oils or flaxseed oils.
- Immunotherapy: Sometimes physicians will prescribe injections of gradual doses of the pollen to which you are allergic. This controlled exposure is meant to help build your immune system response to the specific allergen.
- Environmental: To reduce your symptoms, it’s a good idea to stay indoors on dry, windy days and use air conditioning in your house and car. If you’re allergic to indoor allergens, such as dust mites, encase mattresses, box springs and pillows in allergy-proof covers and vacuum carpets weekly.
Do you have seasonal allergies and also take other medications?
Your pharmacist would be happy to help you find products suitable for you, especially if you take other medications or have other medical conditions to take into consideration.