Best ways to treat allergies

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — From itchy, watery eyes, to sneezing and so much more, this allergy season has been a rough one. And mixing certain medications may make the seasonal strife even worse.

Dr. Clifford Bassett, medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York, visited PIX11 Friday to reveal ways to ease the symptoms and pain of allergies.

Symptoms: Itchy, red or watery eyes

OTC defense plan:

  • Wash wisely using gentle eyelid wipes, such as Ocusoft foaming cleanser or wipes.

Prescription possibilities:

  • Antihistamine eye drops Pataday or Patanol
  • Studies have found that several women use concealer or foundation cosmetics to cover up puffy lids and lines. But when allergies in play, this a no-no. Instead, get tested and relief for allergy and sinus problems feel better and look better.

Symptoms: Runny, drippy, itchy nose

OTC defense plan:

  • Nasal saline spray (Small enough to carry in a purse or briefcase)
  • Breath Right nasal dilator (Good for temporary relief, especially at night)
  • Nasal decongestant spray (Use for less than five days to avoid rebound congestion. Patients with high blood pressure or glaucoma should consult their doctors before taking.)
  • Oral antihistamines like Claritin, Alavert or Allegra, all of which are non-drowsy

Prescription possibilities:

  • Oral antihistamines Xyzal, Clarinex or Fexofenadine
  • Nasal steroid sprays Nasonex, Zeytona or Flonase

Besides medication, simple lifestyle changes can help ease pollen pain.

Wearing big sunglasses to block out spores, wearing a hat and avoiding hair gel, and shampooing at night to wash away pollen before bed can help, too.


Sneeze-inducing, eye-watering allergens could be more plentiful this season because of the long, wet winter, experts say.          (Photo: Getty Images)