Help for Allergies with Dr. Deb


By Dr. Deb Peterson

girl-lying-in-a-wheat-field-summerAs many of us, myself included know, we are in the heart of allergy season.  The rain and warm temperatures we’ve had this year are likely to produce a bumper crop of ragweed and golden rod, two of late summers primary causes of seasonal allergies.

Some of us develop mild symptoms while others are miserable.  With itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion and cough.

So what can we do to lessen the impact of  these allergy producing pollens.  First, we can watch pollen counts.  If the counts are high, it’s best to stay indoors.

Secondly, keep windows closed and air-conditioning running when the pollen counts are high.

Thirdly, there are over the counter medications that can be very helpful.  Both Claritin and Zyrtec, which are non-sedating come in generic formulations that are inexpensive but affective.  I usually reocmmend staying on one of these two medications daily, until we have had at least one or two killing frosts.

It can also help to use saline nasal rinses to clear the nose and sinuses.

We live in Minnesota the land of many lakes and many allergens.

Even if you experience allergies, hopefully you can still get out and enjoy the beauty in Minnesota!

Yours in health and in Him,

Dr. Deb.