What's Going Around: Fall Allergies

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) Some people are holding onto summer as tightly as possible while those with fall allergies can't wait for the first frost. Nurse Practitioner Linda Bowers at McLaren Greater Lansing DeWitt Family Medicine has some advice for treating them.

Over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants can relieve most of the stuffiness and pressure. You might need a prescription nasal spray or medicine for severe symptoms. Allergy shots will help long-term, but will not provide immediate relief.

It's not reasonable to expect you to stay inside whenever the pollen count is high. But you can change clothes whenever you come indoors. It also helps to take a shower and wash your hair before bed. You can wear a mask when you dust and vacuum.

You should check with your doctor before treating allergy symptoms. You can ask about allergy pills instead of shots. The pills can be taken before and during pollen season.