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Healthier Me: Advice for Summer Allergy Sufferers

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Are you coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose more than normal? The hot, dry summer weather is causing a big jump in allergies symptoms for people.

Trees are usually done pollinating by late spring, leaving mostly grasses and weeds to trigger summer allergies. The conditions are prime right now for a lot of pollen to be in the air. Higher pollen counts usually mean worse symptoms.

When pollen gets into the noses of certain people, it triggers the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other allergy symptoms. Sanford Health Specialist Dr. Chris Cleveland says over-the-counter antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec or Allegra can be helpful right now, but you may also want to do some nose washes. Dr. Cleveland says, "If your going to be outside doing chores you might want to wash out the nasal cavity." He says, "It helps to get rid of that stuff."  One of the most common summer allergy triggers is ragweed, which usually arrives in august. Ragweed can travel for hundreds of miles in the wind. Even if it doesn't grow where you live, it can make you feel bad if you're allergic to it.

Signs and symptoms of allergies:


*itchy nose and/or throat

*nasal congestion

*clear, runny nose

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