How to Relieve Allergy Symptoms in Houston

“The best way to alleviate these allergies is to stay away,” says Dr. Monica Kalra.

HOUSTON — The weather is too good to stay indoors, but enjoying the outdoors comes at a price: pollen.

Tree pollen is as high as it has been all year in the Houston area. The worst offenders right now are oak, cedar, and pine.

“The best way to alleviate these allergies is to stay away from them. Stay indoors. When you go out, wash your clothes when you get home. Even wearing a mask when your outside can help a lot with these allergies,” said Dr. Monica Kalra of Memorial Hermann Medical Group.

You should also take a shower as soon as you enter. Over-the-counter medications are another option.

“We have Flonase, Nasacort, drugs like that can really help with allergies. Also, our antihistamines can help, like Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra,” Kalra said.

She says none are allergen-specific, but all work well for seasonal allergies.

If these don’t help with coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose, you may need to see a doctor for an allergy prescription.

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