Don’t Let Allergy Season Ruin Your Summer

Allergy sufferers can find summer to be a challenging season. Persistent sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and a sore throat can ruin a perfectly fine day. Allergies are a reaction to environmental stimulants like pollen, grass clippings, mold or fungus. The presence of allergens can vary greatly depending on the season and the weather. Some years are worse than others. Proximity to certain types of plants can also affect the severity of allergy symptoms. Trees like Oak, Birch and Alder tend to cause more allergic reactions than something like a Maple or a Poplar.

Allergies can also be tricky to diagnose. Most of time there’s no readily apparent cause to the symptoms. If you find yourself experiencing an allergic reaction outside it could be any number of factors. Depending on the time of year it could also be tree pollen or grass pollen. Trees usually release pollen earlier in spring and summer, while grass releases its pollen during June and July. The best way to determine what exactly is causing your allergic reaction is to get an allergy test. Your doctor will be able to set one up for you.

The treatment of allergies focuses mainly on avoiding allergens and treating the symptoms of your allergic reaction. The most common treatment is the use of Antihistamines. When the body makes contact with an allergen, it produces a substance called histamines. Histamines cause the tissue in your eyes to swell and your nose to run and itch etc. Antihistamines work by blocking histamine receptors to prevent allergy symptoms. Some medications used to treat allergy symptoms are Allegra (fexofenadine), Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Claritin (loratadine), Tavist (clemastine), Chlor-Trimeton (chlorpheniramine), and Zyrtec (certirizine). Canada Drugs sells all these products. If you’re experiencing symptoms of seasonal allergies speak to your doctor and give us call, we’d be happy to help you.


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