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How should I get prepared for the allergy season?

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Dr. James Fox
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Start medication

Intranasal steroids, such as nasonex, (mometasone) have been demonstrated to prevent nasal allergies if started a few weeks before the season.
Although most antihistamines work within 1 hour, starting a once a day antihistamine (claritin, allegra, zyrtec, etc.) a week or so before the pollen season will produce a steady state level. Obtaining an air-conditioner or hepa filter can keep pollen out of the home.

In brief: Start medication

Intranasal steroids, such as nasonex, (mometasone) have been demonstrated to prevent nasal allergies if started a few weeks before the season.
Although most antihistamines work within 1 hour, starting a once a day antihistamine (claritin, allegra, zyrtec, etc.) a week or so before the pollen season will produce a steady state level. Obtaining an air-conditioner or hepa filter can keep pollen out of the home.
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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Start early

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, starting allergy medications before the season starts can result in much better control of symptoms.
For nasal steroid sprays this means starting a few days to a week before pollen is blowing around. Antihistamines only take a couple of hours to start working.

In brief: Start early

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, starting allergy medications before the season starts can result in much better control of symptoms.
For nasal steroid sprays this means starting a few days to a week before pollen is blowing around. Antihistamines only take a couple of hours to start working.
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