Health Watch - Summertime: Summer Allergies

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about the start of the summer holiday season. While outdoor fun is a big part of enjoying the summer, allergies can make being outdoors miserable. Finding the right medication is key to managing allergy symptoms.

Dr. David Khan, an allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, suggests starting with over-the-counter allergy medications. Use antihistamines to manage sniffling, sneezing and itchy eyes. Decongestants help with stuffiness. If you don’t get results, then see a doctor. Prescription allergy medications may be stronger and may help avoid the drowsiness that antihistamines often cause. You may have to try multiple medications to find the one that works best for you with the fewest side effects. For long-term allergy management, allergy shots are the most effective option because they actually make you less allergic.

Visit to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in allergy.


May 2009

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