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spray to treatment along with a nasal steroid inhaler. The additional medication provides added benefit for those with more severe allergies. Allergists advise people to start taking medication two to three weeks before symptoms normally start. According to ACAAI, if you begin your allergy medications before the worst symptoms hit this spring, your suffering won’t be as bad. Although people think spring starts in April, symptoms can begin earlier in warmer areas. Keep in mind when your symptoms normally appear and start your medication well in advance. 12, according to the guidelines. Many people go in search of “The guidelines recommend “natural” remedies. They might not nasal steroid sprays as the first line of know that immunotherapy — in defense instead of an oral antihistathe form of allergy shots and tabmine,” says allergist physician Dana lets — is a very natural treatment. Wallace, past ACAAI president and During allergy shots, you are given co-author of the guideline. “The task gradually larger doses of your exact force didn’t find evidence of better allergens. The slow increase causes results if oral antihistamines were your immune system to become less added to treatment alongBugow’s with the Driver sensitive, which reduces future allernasal steroid sprays. And oral Rehab antigy symptoms. Allergy tablets, taken histamines can cause sleepiness.” under the tongue, are available to For people with moderate to and Senior adults Driver Evaluations treat pasture grasses, ragweed and Teens, disabled severe seasonal allergies who are house dust mite and, to be effective, Driver Evaluations & Training older than 12, the guidelines suggest must be started 8-12 weeks before 315-341-8811the allergy season starts. adding an intranasal antihistamine

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