Ease your allergy symptoms

Chances are you or a family member is suffering from congestion, a runny nose and itchy eyes or swollen eyes—the sure signs that allergy season is here.

AllergiesSo what is this year’s allergy season going to be like? H. James Wedner, MD, chief of allergy and immunology at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, says it’s not going to be kind to allergy sufferers.

Dr. Wedner notes that the level of tree pollen in the air has been high for about a month. And soon, we’re going to be dealing with grass pollen, too. Watch him discuss the details with FOX 2’s John Pertzborn.

“The good news is you don’t have to suffer,” says Dr. Wedner. “The critical factor is avoidance, but there are plenty of non-drowsy antihistamines available over-the-counter.”

Dr. Wedner says generic drugs work just as well as their brand name counterparts:

Other recommendations for helping to alleviate symptoms include:

  • Using salt-water nasal washes
  • Keeping car windows closed
  • Maintaining a cool and dry environment at home
  • Avoiding the outdoors when the pollen count is high or on windy days
  • Keeping the level of dust down at home by removing wall-to-wall carpet and washing your bedding in hot water
  • Closing windows and turning on the air conditioner
  • Wearing a face mask when working in the yard

Click here to learn more about how to make your home allergy-proof.

If these preventive measures don’t work, Dr. Wedner suggests that you visit an allergist. Allergies can affect anyone and develop at any time in a person’s life. Many allergy sufferers have also been accustomed to their ongoing symptoms and don’t even realize that it’s possible to get relief. In fact, Barnes-Jewish Hospital is home to one of the country’s leading allergy and immunology services.

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