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Allergies may be stuck on you, BCM expert says

Worried that you might be stuck with allergies for the rest of spring? It could be that the allergies are stuck on you, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine.

"Pollen can stick to your skin, hair and your clothes, and if you don't shower before bed, it can come off on your pillow and keep you exposed all night," said Dr. Stuart Abramson, associate professor of pediatrics – allergy and immunology at BCM and Texas Children's Hospital.

Abramson recommends changing clothes and showering after being outdoors and staying indoors in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible when pollen counts are high.

Prescriptions

When it comes to treating allergies, there are several prescription medications that can help moderate to severe allergies, and more than one medication may be required.

  • Nasal topical corticosteroid sprays – reduce and prevent inflammation in the nose and thereby reduce sneezing, itching, runny nose and congestion when used regularly during allergy season
  • Antihistamine nasal sprays/Antihistamines taken by mouth – reduce the sneezing and itching acutely
  • Eye drops – reduce itching and redness (talk with your physician)

Options

Non-prescription treatment options include saline washes for the nose and saline drops for the eyes, which can remove pollen. However, these won't be as effective in treating the allergy symptoms as the prescription medications, said Abramson.