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3 Tips for Seasonal Allergies: Cleaning, Triggers, & More

Health and Wellness, General

Be aware of seasonal allergies

Andrew Ribner, MD, an otolaryngologist — also called an ear, nose and throat specialist, or ENT — at Adventist Health and Rideout, offers three tips for managing allergies.

Identify Environmental Triggers

Keep an eye on environmental triggers. “Winter allergies are caused by trees, while spring allergies are largely due to grass,” Dr. Ribner says. “If you are prone to these allergies, take an antihistamine. Zyrtec and Allegra are the most effective over-the-counter medications. The best time to take them is at bedtime, as they may cause sleepiness.”

Proactive Cleaning

Stay ahead of allergens with proactive cleaning. People who have allergies to dust, dust mites or mold need to pay special attention to cleaning. “Keep your home as dust-free as possible,” Dr. Ribner recommends. “Stick to a regular cleaning schedule and keep air filters current. Use mattress covers and wash them regularly.”

A Check Up With Your ENT

See a professional if you need it. If these tips aren’t providing relief, then it may be time to get help. “Some people need some extra perspective that an ENT can provide,” Dr. Ribner says. “You can give us a call and we can talk through what would work best for your particular needs.”

Get to know Dr. Ribner

Visit AdventistHealth.org/ARibner to learn more about Andrew Ribner, MD.