If you have spring allergies to trees, you may have noticed some sneezing, nasal congestion, drainage, and watery eyes. The pollen count for Little Rock is currently at a moderate level for the early pollinating trees, including cedar and elm. The “burst of yellow” which comes from the pine pollen is just around the corner! Be prepared for this by doing the following:
- Start your antihistamine of choice. Most antihistamines are over-the-counter medications. Allegra, Zyrtec, Claritin, and Xyzal are considered the “second and third generation of antihistamines.” Some people still prefer Benedryl for relief of their symptoms. All work for seasonal and perennial allergy symptoms. Choose the one which works best for your symptoms.
- Consider using a nasal steroid spray. There are several brands that are over-the counter, including Flonase, Rhinocort, Nasacort, and Nasonex. Nasal steroid sprays are considered the “gold standard” for allergy treatment because they treat both nasal drainage and congestion. Consider using nasal saline spray to help clear the nose of pollen.
- Avoid being outside when pollen is at its worst. This has always been variable but most consider the highest pollen levels are usually between 5:00am and 10:00am. Windy conditions will stir up the pollen, keeping counts elevated. Rain will help wash the pollen out of the air.
- Consider allergy injections. For those who have tried all the above and still suffer with allergies, consider allergy injections which are prepared for each individual depending on their specific allergies. Allergy injections are best prepared by a board-certified allergist who is trained in allergy testing and treatment.
At the Pinnacle Allergy Clinic, we would be glad to evaluate you and provide a treatment plan to help you control your allergies so that you can enjoy being outside again! Call us today for an appointment at our new location on Cantrell Road and Bella Rosa in West Little Rock! Our phone number is 501-673-3030.
Deanna N. Ruddell, MD
Board Certified Pediatric and Adult Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology