Health Watch -- Summer Allergies: Prescription Medicine

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about summer allergies. Summer might not be prime time for allergies, but it can still be a rough time of year for some allergy sufferers. Over-the-counter allergy medicines may help, but they can also have side effects, such as drowsiness, that are disruptive to daily life. If you reach that point, you may need to see a doctor for treatment.

Dr. David Khan, an allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says prescription allergy medicines can be more potent and less sedating than what you buy over the counter. Doctors can also prescribe anti-inflammatory corticosteroid nasal sprays.

Next on Health Watch, we'll look at ways to treat allergies, not just the symptoms.

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June 2006

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