Tips for Preventing Northern Nevada Allergies

Allergies-Reno-DoctorSpring is here. Along with the birds, bees and blossoms that it brings, it also brings pollen and microscopic particles that irritate our sinuses. Whether our allergies are anywhere from a slight annoyance to a full-scale battle to the death for our next breath, treating allergy symptoms is often easy with little to no side effects. In fact, many allergy treatments can be done at home or over the counter; however, allergies can have serious side effects if not addressed properly.

For minor allergy symptoms you may find that natural remedies tend to kick the curse. Sworn to work by natural medicine proponents around the nation, adding a teaspoon of local honey to your diet daily prevents allergic reactions to regional allergens. Why? Bees eat pollen, which is transferred to the honey they produce. By eating the honey, you gradually inoculate yourself to allergens in your region. This treatment literally involves a teaspoon of sugar (honey). Mary Poppins would be proud.

When a teaspoon of local honey daily doesn’t do the deed for your allergy symptoms, turning to over-the-counter herbs and medicines is the next likely step. Clinical studies have proven that the herbs spirulina, eyebright and goldenseal all effectively diminish the symptoms of allergies. The plant extract known as butterbur, however, has had the highest results showing to provide relief of symptoms just as much as over-the-counter antihistamines. In terms of over-the-counter medicine there is a wide variety of options to choose from depending on the strength, frequency and duration of relief you are seeking. Your local pharmacist should gladly assist you when determining which over-the-counter medication is best for you and the symptoms you are experiencing.

When small steps fail, contacting your doctor is the next course of action. Chronic allergies can cause sinus infections and other nasal problems on top of interfering with day-to-day activities. Prescription medicines and various procedures have been developed to relieve severe allergy symptoms with little to no side effects. The Reno health professionals at the Center for Health Internal Medicine specialize in determining the best treatment for you and your symptoms. Therefore, when deciding to take a trip to the doctor during allergy season, visit our downtown Reno doctors office for help telling those allergies to take a hike.

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