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Health First | Slow start to allergy season

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At any age, at any point over the course of your lifetime, people can become sensitive to allergens that are all around us and that's when you'll start to notice.

"Usually running nose, stuffy nose, itchy eyes, cough, sore throat, ear discomfort as well," said a family medicine physician, Dr. Michael Brown.

Dr. Michael Brown is a family medicine physician at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.

He says seasonal allergies are affected by the weather and while we may complain about the lack of spring conditions this year, some people are more plagued by perennial allergies.

With the weather slow to change this year, we're all spending more time indoors, which means we're also spending time around dust and dander.

"Off the bat, we recommend different over the counter medicine and nasal steroids like Flonase, or Nasonex are two common brand names and start antihistamines like Claritan, Allegra, and Zyrtec," said Dr. Brown.

Dr. Brown expects that when allergy season kicks in, more people will be using Tyler Memorial's walk-in clinic services on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Until then, he has this advice for those who have had allergy symptoms in the past:

"For patients that tend to get them, especially those that know they're going to get it and especially that way certain times of the year that they're more affected, it's a smart decision to use OTC meds for a couple weeks before symptoms when whatever allergen they're allergic to does arise, they've already started their treatments and they're able to temper symptoms."

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