You might already be feeling some symptoms.. as the seasons change here. We want to welcome Doctor Ahmad Sedaghat -- ear, nose and throat specialist with U-C Health -- on the phone now.. to help us get a head start on dealing with allergies. To ease those allergy symptoms... Doc says... 1. Get a head start on treating allergies in the late summer before weed pollen levels get too high by daily consistent use of an over-the-counter nasal steroid spray. Another option is using an antihistamine tablet which is also available without prescription. 2. Consider following daily pollen counts using one of the "pollen trackers" that share the counts for free online. Try to stay indoors on particularly bad days. 3. Saltwater rinses or irrigations can be helpful to wash out any pollen that may enter the nose and get trapped in nasal mucus. Ragweed allergy symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and itchy eyes, nose and throat, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. "These symptoms and the underlying allergic inflammation can impact quality of life for many by interfering in our ability to work and handle chores while worsening other conditions such as chronic sinusitis or recurrent sinusitis," says Sedaghat.
September 14, 2020 at 10:51 AM EDT - Updated September 14 at 10:51 AM