October 19, 2009

5 Ways to Control Allergies

1. Find your triggers

Allergies are different for everyone. Take note of allergic reactions that you have and try to figure out what caused it. If you are unsure, have your doctor give you an allergy test.

2. Avoid exposure

Once you know what it is that is causing you problems, try to stay away from it. For some of us, that can be hard. I have several allergies myself including shellfish and pets – but am not always cautious about my exposure to these triggers. In addition, if you are a host to visitors at your home, make yourself aware of any allergies your guests may have. Perhaps you may have to vacuum pet hair prior to their visit, or make sure you aren’t serving food that they shouldn’t be eating. This will minimize the symptoms of others and make them more comfortable.

3. Be Prepared

If you have allergies, you probably know that you may be exposed when you least expect it! Maybe you did not plan on going to a corn maze during hay fever season, or visiting a friend with pets. Its a good idea to carry the necessary allergy medications on you at all times. Such things may include allergy pills like allegra or claritin, allergy eye drops, nasal spray, or in extreme cases an Epipen.

4. Keep air clear

For those with dust allergies, it is important to clean ventilation systems at home regularly in addition to dusting in order to prevent allergy symptoms. Avoid going places that are dust-rich like the garage, basement, or crawl space. On warm breezy days, keep windows open to allow the fresh air in.

5. See the doctor

Visit your doctor to find out if there are any new treatments for your allergy, or if your allergy symptoms don’t improve.

October 26, 2007

Astelin Nasal Spray

Astelin is a steroid-free antihistamine nasal spray used to treat hay fever and allergy symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose.

How to use Astelin

  • Gently blow your nose before using the nasal spray.
  • The first time you use a new bottle, screw the pump device onto the bottle. Prime the unit by pumping 4 sprays into the air, away from your face. Once a fine mist of medicine appears, the device is ready for use. If more than 3 days have passed since you last used the spray, prime the spray again until a fine mist appears.
  • Insert the spray tip into your nostril, pointing it straight up into your nose. Press your other nostril closed with your finger and keep your head upright. Pump the spray and gently inhale at the same time.
  • Use only the number of sprays prescribed by your doctor. If you are to use the spray in both nostrils, repeat the directions above in your other nostril.
  • Clean the pump nozzle with a clean, damp tissue and recap it.

Try not to sneeze or blow your nose just after using the spray. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse. Astelin nasal spray is usually used for up to 4 weeks.

Side effects of Astelin

  • bitter taste in mouth
  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • loss of sensation
  • nasal burning
  • sneezing, sore throat, cold symptoms
  • eye redness
  • dizziness

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