Odessa, TEXAS (Big 2/Fox 24) – Allergies can keep us sneezing, coughing, and teary-eyed. They hit some people during the fall. In this segment of WesTex Wednesday, Doctor Terry Beck explains what fall allergies are, and what we can do to minimize the symptoms.
“In the fall and winter, we can still have pollens and mold and stuff in the air. So the symptoms may be the same, but for instance like right now…there’s a lot of cedar that’s blooming and we have a lot of cedar here in this area and then south of us also. And so you have some people it may be, for instance, mildly allergic to things like ragweed or spring pollens, but they may be severely allergic to cedar or some of the winter allergens that we see out there,” says Dr. Terry Beck.
Sneezing and coughing don’t always indicate allergies. If you’re not sure whether that’s your issue, you can check with a primary care doctor or an allergist.
“If you’re not sure if it’s allergies, then get it checked out. There’s various treatments for allergies, but sometimes allergies can lead to other things. For instance, sinus infections. A lot of people battle sinuses if they have any abnormal pathology in their nasal forential or their sinuses and they get a bad flare up of allergies, that can lead to a buildup of mucus and things like that in their sinuses, And that can potentially lead to say a sinus infection that may need to be treated with antibiotics,” says Dr. Beck.
Most over-the-counter allergy medicines should be fine for people to take. Be sure to double-check with your doctor, especially if you have any underlying conditions.
” If someone has heart problems, high blood pressure, attacca cardia, which is a fast heart rate, the decongestant medications may make those conditions worse or may exacerbate them, it can make somebody’s blood pressure go up, it can increase their heart rate, and cause potentially more stress on the heart–and that’s not good if someone has underlying heart disease,” says Dr. Beck.
Doctor Beck says for the average person, the best allergy treatment is an over-the-counter antihistamine like Allergra or Zyrtec. If those aren’t helping, the doctor says an inhaled nasal steroid like Flonase can combat with allergy symptoms. If that doesn’t help, you may want to ask your doctor or allergist about treatments like allergy shots.