Seasonal allergies? Get expert advice.
Dr. Berger, Allergist
If you have seasonal nasal allergies, you probably have a few questions about what you can do about the symptoms that are making you miserable.
It's hard to think of someone more qualified than Dr. William E Berger, MD. As one of our nation's foremost experts on allergy, he addresses a variety of topics including the impact that seasonal nasal allergy symptoms can have on your life as well as the importance of early treatment, rapid relief, and continuous symptom control.
The answer is yes, absolutely! Prevention is key for many medical issues, including allergies. For example, we floss and brush our teeth every day—rather than wait until we get cavities or lose our teeth! The same holds true for allergies. The sooner you’re properly diagnosed and treated, the better your chances of avoiding problems. Not to mention, if you wait until you’re miserable to see your doctor, it will just take you longer to feel better.
One medicine that is commonly used to treat allergies is the topical corticosteroid. It is an important part of many nasal sprays and inhalers because it can treat the inflammation that causes symptoms of nasal allergy.
See your doctor when any symptom lasts too long—and negatively affects your quality of life, like your ability to sleep.
People who have nasal allergies usually have 4 main symptoms: sneezing, itchy nose, runny nose, and stuffy nose.
Stuffy nose seems to affect people most, as it makes breathing through your nose difficult. This can affect your sleep, causing you to feel tired all the time.
Your seasonal nasal allergy symptoms may not be life threatening, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be taken seriously. Allergies can make you miserable, and you have the right to relief. So talk to your doctor and get life-changing tips, suggestions, and medicines that can help you feel better. You have the power to make a huge difference in your life.
Allergies can also have huge impact on society. So it’s not just about a sniffle. Allergies can cause people to miss school and work, which takes an immediate toll on your education, job performance, and even the economy as a whole.
Antihistamines treat 3 of the 4 allergy symptoms: sneezing, itchy nose, and runny nose. However, the most bothersome symptom is stuffy nose, but antihistamines do not help this symptom. That’s when a medicine that reduces inflammation, like a corticosteroid, come into play. That’s why I believe that if you’re suffering from all 4 symptoms; sneezing and runny, itchy, and stuffy nose, you need a treatment that blocks histamine and reduces inflammation. The only one that does both is Dymista.
If you take a pill when your doctor recommends a nasal spray, you may not be getting the treatment that is right for you. Think of it this way: If you had a heart problem, would you intentionally skip a dose of your medicine? Of course not. In the case of your allergies, it’s just as important to take what’s been recommended or prescribed.
There’s a lot of information about allergies—as well as a lot of options for treatment. But it’s important to remember that your doctor is the best source of information and can help decide which treatment is right for you.
Yes! Doctors can prescribe allergy medicines that you don’t have access to without a prescription. Plus, your doctor is the best source to provide the right treatment plan for your specific allergies. If your OTC medicine isn’t working for you, your doctor may help point you to a better option. Why not see your doctor sooner, rather than later, before your seasonal allergies have a chance to make you miserable?
That really depends on the medicine. If you take a nasal antihistamine spray, you can feel better in as little as 30 minutes. If you’re taking a corticosteroid, it may take a couple of days before you feel the benefits of treatment.
If you’re taking a combined antihistamine and corticosteroid, you get the benefit of relief that's fast (30 minutes), coupled with the continuous control that is provided by the corticosteroid.