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How Can I Prevent Nasal and Eye Allergy Symptoms?

How Can I Prevent Nasal and Eye Allergy Symptoms?

Medically Reviewed By:
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
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Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Shuba completed medical school at Duke University, earning her MPH in tandem at UNC. After a research fellowship at the NIH, Shuba completed her residency at Stanford, then fellowship in allergy-immunology at Boston Childrens/Harvard.

Shuba returned to the Bay Area to join Dr. Bocian at a large multi-speciality health system where she helped lead an allergy practice. She cofounded Allermi to make expert allergy care more accessible for all.
Written by:
Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
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Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
Katelyn Johnson is a freelance writer, Certified Medical Assistant, and Nationally Registered EMT with 8+ years of clinical experience across multiple specialties. She has a Bachelor’s in Biology, Master’s in Healthcare Administration, and is currently obtaining a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Katelyn is an advocate for providing patient education in an approachable way through online resources.

Preventing Nasal and Eye Allergy Symptoms

According to Dr. Peng, “sometimes the first, easy way to tackle your allergies may be simple changes at home that don’t involve medicines or breaking the bank. For instance, if you keep your windows closed, you can keep the pollen out of your bedroom and in the great outdoors where it belongs! You can also try using allergy covers on your mattress and pillows which will help limit dust exposure. It never hurts to try these measures to avoid allergens.”

The next thing that you can do for your nose allergies is to open up the nasal passages with a nasal spray. Drugstore allergy pills (oral antihistamines like cetirizine, loratadine, etc.) can help you feel less itchy, but don’t actually make the inflammation any better. We believe that the best and most effective medicine for nose and eye allergy symptoms will ALWAYS be a nasal spray. 

The most common drugstore nasal sprays are the anti-inflammatory or steroid sprays, like fluticasone and triamcinolone. These medicines are important for preventing the inflammation that causes your allergy symptoms, however, they usually need to be used daily for at least 2 weeks to make a difference—and that might feel like forever when you need immediate allergy symptom relief!

At Allermi we recommend a nasal spray that combines fast-acting ingredients like prescription azelastine (for immediate relief) with preventative slower-acting ingredients like triamcinolone or mometasone (for long-term relief).