How to cope with allergies

By Stephanie Claytor

Published 04/01 2014 06:50PM

Updated 04/01 2014 06:54PM

It's that time of year when classic allergies kick in thanks to tree pollen filling the air. The best treatment: stay indoors.

Tree pollen allergy symptoms include constant sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, and white mucous. The symptoms usually lasts for weeks unlike the common cold. If  over the counter medicines like Zyrtec and Claritin do not work, you should head to the doctor's office.


"If a person is highly allergic and they’ve done environmental avoidance, and they’ve been on medication for several weeks and continue to have symptoms, then allergy shots tend to turn off recognition of the body of the allergy,” said Dr. Willard Washburne. 

"So if you’ve done everything you can do and the doctor has given you good medicine and it hasn’t completely controlled your symptoms, then the allergy shots are helpful."


Dr. Washburne said saline nasal spray is also helpful. One in five people have allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America said Baton Rouge and Dallas come are amongst the top ten worst cities to live in for spring-time allergies.

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