May 29, 2017
Winter rains breed spring allergies
RIALTO – (INT) – Generous winter rains may have been good for our plants and trees but the increase in pollen production may bring about an especially irritating allergy season for some.

For allergy sufferers the additional pollen in the air can cause more congestion, coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes and throat irritation. And for those with asthma, allergens can trigger or worsen asthma symptoms.

“We are already seeing a higher number of patients with allergy and asthma exacerbations this spring,” says allergist Dr. Susheela Bala of Rialto.

She says some treatment options include antihistamines to provide relief for symptoms such as sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes. She warns that some antihistamines will cause drowsiness.

Nasal sprays are the first line of medication for hay fever symptoms but they do have to be taken on a regular basis to be effective.
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