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Physicians predict tough allergy season, offer tips to keep allergies in check

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - With spring comes allergy season, and physicians predict, given all the wet weather we’ve had, this season will be pretty bad. They say a few changes can keep your allergies in check.

Dr.  Bo Machado with Health First says one of the best things a person can do to relieve symptoms quickly is take something before they even show up.

“The antihistamine pills work best if you take them before exposure. It takes an hour or so for them to kick in."

He says unfortunately most people wait until they're already suffering. Machado says if symptoms go on for days, it's likely the congestion has escalated into a sinus infection.

"I've seen more sinusitis in the last three weeks than I have in the previous three months because the congestion from allergies is leading to infections in so many of these patients who are just toughing it out."

Machado says if over-the-counter drugs like Allegra and Claritin aren't working a prescribed antihistamine may be necessary. Experts also say air purifiers and hypoallergenic pillowcases can help with symptoms.

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