Fall Allergies and Sinusitis
Autumn has arrived, and you can’t stop sneezing and sniffling. You may be suffering from allergic rhinitis or hay fever.
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For severe or persistent symptoms, a steroid nasal spray (Flonase, Nasonex,
and so on) may be helpful. If you’ve developed a sinus infection, a course of
antibiotics might be needed. Another option that works well for some patients
is a leukotriene inhibitor, such as Singulair or Accolate. These medications
block the release of leukotriene to help reduce inflammation and other symptoms
of allergic rhinitis. If symptoms are especially troublesome, you might need
immunotherapy (allergy shots).
Experts say the best approach may be to start treatment early and combine
various therapies Whichever prevention strategies and medications you decide
upon, don’t wait until the last minute to start using them.
If you had hay fever in previous years, says Kao, odds are you’ll have it
again this year. Starting medications before symptoms appear can limit both
their severity and duration -- sometimes markedly.