Get a Jumpstart on Your Hay Fever
Timing can be everything when it comes to medicine for seasonal allergy relief
Be sure to refill prescriptions on time
Want the most from medicines your doctor has recommended this allergy season? Then taking them at the right time is the best way to get rid of symptoms--but the right time may be earlier than you think.
Taking once-a-day antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays a week before spring and fall allergy seasons are set to start could put you ahead of the game, says Marjorie Slankard, professor of medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. For example, in many parts of the country, ragweed season starts in mid-August, so you'd want to start your medication around the second week. "Once you start taking antihistamines, there's a maximum buildup by day five to seven," says Dr. Slankard.
Take your allergy medicine every day
Keeping your dose of medicine constant will help relieve allergy symptoms, so be sure to take it every day.
Keep your medicine on hand
Be sure to renew and refill prescriptions on time so you always have your medicine when you need it.
More about symptom relief
Medicines are important, but keep these points in mind for more relief:
Fran Kritz is a freelance writer from Silver Spring, Maryland. She tries to remember to take her allergy medicine before the sneezing starts.