It works by stopping the action of a chemical called leukotriene, which causes your nasal passages to swell and make a lot of mucus. The same chemical is also responsible for tightening airways when you have asthma, making it harder to breathe.
Try these tips to enjoy outdoor living, gardening, and hiking despite your allergies.
Thick of It: Is the grass getting high? Wear a mask if you're mowing. Nothing fancy -- an inexpensive painter's mask works fine.
High and Dry:
Pollen counts are highest on hot, dry, windy days. Check the forecast before making plans.
Good Scents, Bad Sense:
Allergic to insect stings? Don't wear scented deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, or hair products. Carry an epi pen when hiking.
Singulair is a prescription medication. You take it once a day. It’s the only drug of this type that’s approved for allergies.
Side effects include headache, earache, sore throat, nervousness, nausea, and nasal congestion. Neuropsychiatric events have been reported in adult, adolescent, and pediatric patients taking Singulair.
Ask your doctor before taking Singulair if you’re pregnant or before giving it to a child.