BLOG: Seasonal Allergies

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With summertime almost coming to an end, the fall brings on cooler weather, beautiful foliage and for some, dreaded allergies.  The change of seasons tends to invite the sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, running nose and fatigue which seasonal allergy sufferers are all too familiar with.  
 
Be proactive – take the following precautions to minimize symptoms, when possible:
 
1. Reduce allergens in your home
Use an air purification device and/or keep air conditioning on 
Change your clothes once you come in from the outside
Keep doors and windows closed
 
2. Limit outdoor activities 
Stay indoors when pollen count is high
Avoid lawn or garden work which can encourage allergic reactions
 
3. Talk to your doctor about treatment options
Over the counter relief is available such as decongestants or antihistamines 
Nasal rinses or sprays are commonly used to alleviate symptoms
Seeing an allergist for symptoms not responding to treatment
 
Raghav Rastogi, M.D. is an internal medicine physician with Mountainside Medical Group
 
 

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