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8 allergy remedies to keep on hand during spring

By Bianca Barr Tunno, AccuWeather staff writer

Springtime means a proliferation of new plants and flowers, which can be a pleasing sight to admire, but it can also trigger allergic reactions.

These symptoms can include sneezing, itchy eyes, headaches or worse, so experts say it’s advantageous to have medications at the ready to help avert allergy attacks.

You don’t have to be a severe, chronic allergy sufferer to pack an allergy relief kit, according to Dr. Jaison Jose, an allergist with Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania.

“Allergic reactions can occur anytime, anyplace, anywhere and being prepared is always the most important thing,” said Jose.


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Here’s a list of over-the-counter items you should have in your allergy relief kit:

· Antihistamines
· Allergy eye drops
· Nasal spray
· Nasal saline rinses
· Fragrance-free moisturizers
· Steroid or antihistamine creams
· Decongestants
· Medical alert bracelet

Click here for a comprehensive allergy and asthma drug guide.

If you feel strongly about being prescribed inhaled asthma medication for breathing concerns or epinephrine injection medication for anaphylaxis, Jose suggests you get a physician’s evaluation, then follow the medical recommendations.

“It’s always good to be prepared,” Jose said. “[An allergy attack] is unlikely to happen, but it’s always good to have some medication and over-the-counter remedies on hand just in case you or your loved one have any particular reaction and there is not a physician or pharmacy nearby.”

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