Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating allergies this week, mainly caused by tree pollen and mold.
Symptoms include: runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, and dark circles under the eyes.
Avoiding allergens is key. Stay indoors when the pollen count is high, and keep doors and windows closed.
Use lubricating eye drops, apply cool compresses, and take antihistamines.
More severe symptoms may require prescription nasal spray or oral medication. Talk to your doctor before treating your allergy symptoms.
If you have asthma, stick to your prescribed regimen.