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Myths Vs Facts: Seasonal Allergies

Myths Vs Facts: Seasonal Allergies

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Written By:
Dr. Robert Bocian, MD, PhD, FAAAAI
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Dr. Robert Bocian, MD, PhD, FAAAAI
Dr. Bocian earned his MD and PhD at University of Illinois, Chicago, then moved to the Bay Area to complete his residency and allergy-immunology fellowship at Stanford. Robert has remained at Stanford for 30 years, serving as an adjunct clinical associate professor of allergy-immunology. Robert also leads multiple allergy departments throughout Northern California at a large multi-specialty health system, including his own large Palo Alto-based practice. Robert splits his time between Palo Alto and Los Angeles with his wife and 4 children.

Myth: Oral decongestants like Sudafed (pseudoephedrine; "-D" medications) are a good solution.

Truth: Oral decongestants have troublesome and even dangerous side-effect potential, including cardiovascular symptoms such as elevated blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and even stroke. These medications often do not adequately treat congestion. 

On the other hand, a micro-dosage of nasal decongestant mist - such as that which Allermi offers - is a far safer and more-effective means to treat nasal congestion. Relieving nasal stuffiness is key to relieving all other nasal symptoms. 

 

Myth: Oral antihistamines are the best solution.

Truth: Oral antihistamines do not address the fundamental issue - namely, allergic inflammation. Thus, they can only very temporarily help to reduce sneeze, itch and runny nose, and they don't relieve congestion, the most important symptom to relieve first in treating upper-respiratory allergies. 

 

Myth: Nasal corticosteroid is dangerous.

Truth: nasal corticosteroid sprays are safe when used as directed, including long-term. Nasal steroid is applied locally and is not systemically absorbed at any significant level. Since these medications safely address nasal inflammation, which is the key issue underlying nasal allergies, their effectiveness in achieving safe and stable control of nasal allergies is unsurpassed. 

 

Myth: Sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes are the only symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Truth: While sneeze and itchy eyes are two of the cardinal symptoms of allergy, these are joined by runny nose, post-nasal drip, and nasal congestion, also called, stuffy nose. These symptoms can, in turn, cause poor sleep, daytime fatigue and drowsiness, reduced sense of smell and an accompanying reduction in sense of taste, facial pain and pressure, headache, ear congestion, throat-clearing maneuvers, cough, gum inflammation due to mouth-breathing, and hoarseness of the voice, among other symptoms.

 

Myth: Allergy season is only in the spring.

Truth: Many large geographical areas feature a year-round allergy season, not limited to just the spring months. These states include California, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina among most other southern and western states.

 

What to do to feel your best year-round with seasonal allergies:

Soothe, cleanse and moisturize the nasal passages with plain saline nasal spray daily. 

Treat nasal allergies with an excellent nasal spray daily. The easiest, safest and most effective approach combines multiple active ingredients in a non-irritating formula for comprehensive relief of all allergic nasal symptoms (congestion, runny nose, itchiness, and sneeze) with minimal side-effect risk. This is offered exclusively by Allermi. 

 For dust-mite allergy, avoid wall-to-wall carpeting in favor of smooth flooring (hardwood, tile), and minimize decorative pillows and stuffed animals. Use allergen-proof mattress and pillow encasings.