HEALTH MINUTE:SPRING ALLERGIES-PKG

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JAMES HARPER THANKS HIS WIFE FOR CONVINCING HIM TO SEE AN ALLERGIST. SHE TOLD HIM...

you can't breathe well, your eyes are watery, and you're scratching them

HARPER IS JUST ONE OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE SPRING ALLERGIES.

typically it's tree pollen that will trigger symptoms during the springtime ..and definitely grass pollen can cause an issue during the spring as well.

DR. ERINN GARDNER HAS THIS ADVICE FOR ANYONE AFFECTED.

if your symptoms are relatively mild in nature, its just a small amount of runny nose, sneezing or itchy eyes, it's certainly fine to try an over-the-counter antihistamine

IF YOUR ALLERGIES ARE MORE SERIOUS, IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO GET TO THE DOCTOR.

an allergist will come up with a regimen that works for each individual person

ANTIHISTAMINES, DECONGESTANTS, INHALERS AND NASAL SPRAYS OFTEN ARE RECOMMENDED IN COMBINATION.

AN ALLERGIST CAN ALSO DISCUSS SHOTS, TO HELP PEOPLE ENJOY THE SEASON, AND NOT DREAD IT.

FOR TODAY'S HEALTH MINUTE, I'M HOLLY FIRFER.