Like it or not, allergy season is in full swing and many people are trying to find ways to keep the sneezing and watery eyes to a minimum. Dr. Brian Brennan, an allergist at the Mason City Clinic, says trying to avoid things that cause your allergies to stir is a good plan, but not so easy to follow. Things like running your air conditioning or trying to limit the number of hours you spend outdoors can help keep allergies in check. Brennan also says there is something you can do that most people would never think of to help fight allergies.If you have been outside all day, taking a quick shower before going to bed can help get some of the pollen off of you and subdue your allergic reactions. Brennan says that if avoidance measures do not do the trick, you can always turn to medication. But he says, make sure you read the label before taking any allergy medication.Many of the older brands of allergy medication can still cause drowsiness, so make sure you read the label before taking anything over-the-counter. Dr. Brennan says if the over-the-counter medication is not working, your doctor has other medications that can be prescribed that should end your allergy related problems.
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