How you can make a difference:
- Learn what causes your allergic reactions and how to avoid your allergy triggers.
- Develop strategies for keeping your environment as allergen-free as it can be.
- Keep track of which medicines work best to prevent and relieve your symptoms and take them at the appropriate time.
- Develop healthy habits that ensure good nutrition, plenty of exercise, and adequate rest.
- Develop strategies for working effectively with your doctor and for sticking with your treatment plan.
- Get support from others who know how miserable it can be to suffer with nasal allergies.
There is much you can do to gain control over your nasal allergies. In fact, when it comes to the most effective treatment for nasal allergies, you are your own best provider. That's because the first step in controlling nasal allergies is avoiding those things that trigger them. By learning now what you can do to help yourself, you will soon be able to take charge of your life rather than letting your allergies control you. You will also be able to work more effectively with your doctor to control your symptoms.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Written by Karen Serrano, MD Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Reviewed by Lisa V. Suffian, MD
Instructor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Pulmonary Medicine at Saint Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Saint Louis University
Board certified in Allergy and Immunology
Last updated June 2008