"This is the time when spring allergies catch up with you," said Dr. Poole, an associate professor in the UNMC Department of Internal Medicine. "The trees start pollenating and this is the exact time to get allergy medications out of the cabinet and start to use nose sprays and antihistamines. I advise patients to do this to try to fend off the allergy symptoms before they get behind the eight ball." Dr. Poole said if you have allergy symptoms and over-the-counter medications don't work well, she recommends getting tested. Here are tips on how to lessen the uncomfortable effects of allergies:
- Tree pollen is hardy and once it gets in the home, it can be a longer lasting pollen. Closing windows will keep the pollen from being in your bedroom where you sleep. After you've been outside, it's helpful to change your clothes and wash your hands and face. Try over-the-counter nasal-sinus irrigation products. Over-the-counter antihistamines are non-sedating and usually work in a couple of days.For more information about allergies, go towww.aaaai.org.Through world-class research and patient care, UNMC generates breakthroughs that make life better for people throughout Nebraska and beyond. Its education programs train more health professionals than any other institution in the state. Learn more atunmc.edu.
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