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Posts for: July, 2015

By Dr. Richard Nass M.D.
July 09, 2015
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Allergy  

Find out how to enjoy the summer without dealing with pesky allergies.

While we can’t wait for the summer weather to show up, we are never ready for the allergens it brings with it. If you find yourself dealing Allergies with itchy eyes, sneezing and nasal problems then it might be time to see your Manhattan ENT Dr. Richard Nass for treatment. Here are some of the worst summer allergen offenders and what you can do to keep symptoms from ruining your summer.

Summer Allergy Symptoms

Here are some of the most common symptoms of summertime allergies:

  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Runny, itchy nose
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Rash

Allergens such as pollen, ragweed, dust mites and grass are usually the most common culprits, but insect stings can also cause allergic reactions. Most of the time these stings will cause swelling and itching around the affected area. If you or a family member has trouble breathing or experiences throat swelling, nausea, or dizziness, then you need to seek immediate medical attention, as these are signs of a severe allergic reaction.

Treating Summer Allergies

There are plenty of over-the-counter medications to help patients fight their summer allergy symptoms in Manhattan. Some treatment options include nasal sprays, eye drops, antihistamines (e.g. Benadryl) and decongestants.

If you find that your symptoms don’t improve with these over-the-counter treatments then it’s time to talk to your ENT in Manhattan about prescription-strength medications. Some treatments include steroid nasal sprays, allergy shots and immunotherapy oral medications.

Avoiding Summer Allergies

While treating your current allergy symptoms is key for your Manhattan ENT it’s also just as important to try to avoid the allergen altogether. Here are some ways to prevent allergy symptoms from taking over your summer:

  • If the pollen count is high, try to stay indoors as much as possible. If you do go outside during days with high pollen counts, be sure to wash your hair, body, and clothing immediately after.
  • While it might seem tempting to open up your windows to enjoy the fresh air, keeping doors and windows open allows pesky allergens to enter your home. Close up all windows and doors and turn your air conditioner on instead.
  • Use an air purifier to help eliminate summer allergens in your home.
  • Clean shelves, countertops, and vents so they don’t collect dust or pollen.
  • Wash bedding in hot water at least once a week to get rid of dust mites.
  • Be sure to vacuum rugs and carpets often to remove mold and dust.
  • Wear a facemask so you don’t breathe in summer allergies while mowing the grass.

If you are battling summer allergies that just won’t quit then it’s time to figure out how to get them under control. Contact Dr. Nass, your Manhattan ENT, today!