Medical Monday: Allergy season

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(WXOW) – April showers herald in more than just May flowers. The melting snow means time to suffer once again for many with seasonal allergies.

Gundersen Health System allergy specialist Dr. Jared Darveaux said early season sufferers are reacting to symptoms caused by mold spores that have been uncovered once again. He said that those who experience issues later in the spring are likely feeling the effects of pollen once trees and flowers start growing again. It’s also common to see symptoms that run all season long.

For many, Darveaux recommends basic over-the-counter medications like Zyrtec, Claritin and Allegra. Many of these come in pill form and last for 24-hours, effectively blocking the effects. When it comes to itchy eyes, Darveaux recommends focusing on an eye drop that functions as an antihistamine rather than one that deals with redness.

Always consult a physician before taking any new medications.

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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