Nasal allergies are all too common; 1 in 5 adults in the US have nasal allergies but instead of seeking help, people often ignore them.
Allergists have said that although sinus allergies are not fatal, they do cause people a terrible amount of discomfort.
Chronic congestion and regular sneezing is unnatural for us and allergic rhinitis can make it difficult to concentrate on the simplest of tasks. In the USA, many sick days from work and school can be attributed to allergic rhinitis, costing the nation billions of dollars annually.
Nasal allergies lead to serious sinus problems overtime; however, with proper treatments, allergies can be alleviated significantly.
Are your nasal allergies getting the better of you? It’s time you take charge of your health and put these allergies to rest.
Here are a few ways you can beat nasal allergies:
1. OTC medication
If your nasal allergies only surface for short periods every year, you should be able to find some relief with OTC medication.
OTC medication for nasal allergies includes:
Steroid nasal sprays: A few puffs of nasal spray can instantly reduce swelling in the nasal passage providing immediate relief. Some nasal sprays can be purchased OTC and others require a prescription.
Antihistamines: Allergy symptoms are triggered by the presence of histamines. Antihistamines block the production of these chemicals and alleviate allergy symptoms as a result. Doctors usually recommend these drugs to treat itchy noses and regular sneezing. Some antihistamines can cause users to become drowsy and should be taken in the night.
Decongestants: Antihistamines provide relief from allergy symptoms; however, they don’t help with congestion. To clear out congestion, doctors often prescribe decongestants. These can be taken orally and through nasal sprays.
When OTC medication doesn’t work, doctors turn to prescription drugs.
If you don’t like the idea of using prescriptions drugs, you can opt for a shot that can quickly provide relief for your condition. Allergy shots are available for triggers such as pet dander, pollen, mold and dust mites. Note that the results aren’t permanent; the patient will probably have to be injected again after every 3-5 years.
3. Nasal Irrigation
It may sound bizarre but squirting salt water into your nose can help provide relief from sinus allergies. Some studies have found that nasal irrigation is as effective as anti-histamines in alleviating sinus symptoms.
To create the irrigation solution, mix salt water with either distilled or boiled water and use an appropriate device.
4. Environmental Control
You can restrict allergic reactions by avoiding environmental triggers. If you’re allergic to dust mites use a hypoallergenic mattress. If you have a pollen allergy, keep the windows shut and use the air conditioner. For dander allergies, keep pets out of rooms where you spend most of your time.
If OTC medications aren’t providing you with adequate relief then seek the help of a medical professional. Dr. Paul C. Drago, is an ENT physician with years of experience under his belt in treating sinus allergies, congestion and other issues related to the ears, nose and throat.