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Runny noses and watery eyes shouldn't be part of the summer equation. Swap sneezes for beach barbecues this season
Get the upper hand on your allergies this summer
Summertime usually brings to mind lazy days and warm breezes, not watery eyes and ongoing sneezes. But for many Canadians, it’s allergy season.
Just as in the spring, pollen is the most common allergy trigger. It can travel hundreds of kilometres in the wind, and when it gets into the nose it can trigger characteristic symptoms such as a runny nose, coughing, itchy eyes and dark circles under the eyes.
The pollen is not from trees but from grasses and weeds. Ragweed, sagebrush and tumbleweed, as well as timothy, bermuda and sweet-vernal grasses are among the worst offenders.
Allergies can be treated with antihistamines, corticosteroids or decongestants. These may interfere with other medicines, so be sure to consult your physician or your pharmacist first. There are other ways to reduce symptoms or avoid them altogether:
Originally published in Wellness Matters, Canada Wide Media’s quarterly newsletter on health and wellness.