Springtime Allergies Start Early


By Ellis Eskew



Wednesday is the first official day of Spring.

But for many, along with blooming flowers and trees, come the sniffles and sneezes.

Montgomery allergist Dr. Allen Meadows says this allergy season has already proven to be a tough one.

He says the season actually started back in January about three weeks earlier than usual.

There are three basic treatments for nasal allergies: prescription nose sprays, allergy shots and pills.

"Pills work quickly and they are available over the counter. But they don't work well. On a scale of 1-10, I put them at a 2 or 3. My favorite one would be Cetirizine, a generic for Zyrtec. You can take 1 or 2 of those twice a day to get some relief of symptoms," said Dr. Meadows.

As for allergy shots, Dr. Meadows says you really need to get those 6 months before the season starts.

So allergy shots for this season would, unfortunately, not be effective right now.

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