We have had an unusually warm winter, and the spring allergy season will probably begin earlier this year. Spring allergies are related to tree pollen.
Allergy symptoms include nasal congestion, sneezing, nasal or ocular itching, and runny nose(clear mucous).
It is recommended to begin allergy treatment early, before significant symptoms develop. The first line of therapy should be a nasal steroid spray, such as Nasonex or Flonase. If symptoms persist, using a non-sedating antihistamine such as Claritin or Allegra is helpful. For more severe symptoms, try Zyrtec(which can be sedating).
Additional treatments for allergies, which are available by prescription, are Singulair(a daily pill) and antihistamine eye drops.
Homeopathic treatments include frequent use of a nasal saline spray to wash away pollen, keeping windows and doors closed, and using an air purifier in the bedroom.
Starting allergy treatment early will limit your suffering through this otherwise wonderful time of year.