How to fight Fall allergies over the counter

Watching out for Fall allergies with Dr. James Tarbox
Published: Oct. 9, 2015 at 12:05 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 8, 2016 at 12:11 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - This wet weather may have brought some relief to those who suffer from allergies, but in a few days, when we dry up outside, many will be going to the pharmacy looking for something to fight those Fall allergies.

The biggest problems out here this time of year? Mold, ragweed and dust mites.

Dr. James Tarbox, an Allergist and Texas Tech Physician, says here's what to look for and what to avoid over the counter.

"Some good medicines include nasal steroids. You can try saline rinses and antihistamines. But there are a few medicines you have to be careful with over the counter. One of them is Afrin, which is a nasal decongestant. It will make you feel good for 3 to 5 days, but if you take it too long, it will actually make you feel worse."

Dr. Tarbox even went as far as to share his personal favorites. He said, "Some of the good nasal steroids are Flonase and Nasacort. And for antihistamines, I like Allegra and Zyrtec."

This is also the time of year when many pull out the humidifier if the house is feeling dry.

Dr. Tarbox says it might be okay to place a humidifier next to a furnace, but he says it is not a good idea to keep a humidifier in the bedroom. As it produces moist air, he says it also creates an environment where dust mites thrive.

And even though studies show house pets help young children build an immunity to allergies, Dr. Tarbox says they can bring trouble later. He says when dogs and cats are allowed to go in and out of the house, they also bring irritants and allergens into the house. So, those pets need to be brushed and bathed frequently.

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