4 clues that you may have seasonal allergies

On Tuesday, April 2nd, I’ll be talking to Jill Krop about allergies on her AM/BC talk show (9 am on weekdays on BC1). Previous shows are on the internet at http://globalnews.ca/ (search for am/bc).

Cherry Blossoms - Davidicus Wong

Cherry Blossoms – Davidicus Wong

4 clues that you may have seasonal rhinitis:

1. A clear, watery discharge from your nose or eyes.

2. No fever or other systemic symptoms.

3. Improvement with antihistamines.

4. Triggered by exposure.

4 ways to manage hayfever or seasonal allergies:

1. Avoidance (which is difficult unless you live in a plastic bubble).

2. Topical treatment with saline rinses of the nose and sinuses or prescription eye drops or nasal sprays.

3. Oral antihistamines (but be cautious about drowsiness, drug interactions and decongestants).

4. Consult with your family physician about allergy testing or shots.

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About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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