Take Care of Your Nose
Because the nasal passages are so affected by seasonal allergies, it’s important to give them a little extra care. Using an over-the-counter nasal spray can ease symptoms and, if you use it before the symptoms set in, even prevent them.
You may also want to try rinsing with a saline solution, either in a squeeze bottle or neti pot, to help flush out the allergens from your nose.
Take Meds Early and Consistently
Over-the-counter allergy medications are effective and have few side effects. It is best, though, if you start taking them prior to experiencing symptoms. If you’ve already started experiencing symptoms, start your regimen and keep with it, even when you start to feel better.
“[These types of medications] need to be taken as indicated in the correct amounts for the age of the person,” Michelis says. “It is also important to check with your pharmacist that they don’t cross-react with other prescribed medication(s) or another medical condition. For example, some antihistamines should not be used if there is an enlarged prostate.”