Q: Should we move to help my daughter's spring allergies?
A: Moving from a humid area to an arid one may help with allergies to house dust mites, but not with outdoor allergies. Even in bone-dry regions, grasses, olive and mesquite trees, and weeds (including ragweed) grow well and release their pollen into the wind. Molds (mostly in soil) also grow well. Dry, hot desert air can irritate already inflamed nasal and throat tissues. Consult a board-certified allergist before making any decision to move. -- Brian Vickery, MD, WebMD's Children's Allergies Expert
Spring is here, which for millions of people means itchy noses, watery eyes, and nasal congestion. For many allergy sufferers, relief is often just a quick spritz away; prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) nasal sprays are one of the most common ways to treat nasal congestion caused by allergies or infection.
But for an estimated 7% of the United States population, relying too much on decongestant nasal sprays can actually cause more congestion -- a drug-induced condition called rhinitis med...