Although spring is almost over, the 2018 allergy season is still in full swing. Summer brings in grass pollen and dust mites, as well as insect stings. Allergic reactions can happen anywhere at any time, and it’s important to be prepared. The allergists at NY Allergy & Sinus Centers have provided a list of essential allergy products for the on-the-go allergy sufferer. These items are helpful for those unexpected allergies that show up at the worst times.
Have you ever started hysterically sneezing in public and didn’t have any tissues with you? Those moments happen often in people with allergies. Pocket tissues are great to have during allergy season, so you don’t have to run into the nearest restaurant for napkins. Public tissue and napkins aren’t soft enough for your nose and may cause irritation. Kleenex has 3-ply extra soft tissues that won’t leave your nose sore and red.
For less severe allergies, an antihistamine is enough to soothe your symptoms. Antihistamine pills are long-lasting and most of them work quickly. Our allergists recommend Zyrtec for seasonal allergy symptoms. Nasal sprays and eye drops also help with certain symptoms. If you aren’t sure which type of antihistamine is right for you, NY Allergy & Sinus Centers can help you determine the best antihistamine for your allergy symptoms.
Cortisone cream is an essential product to carry, because it relieves itching almost instantly. They are cost effective and available at many local stores over-the-counter. Cortisone cream is a good short-term treatment for atopic dermatitis or eczema. It even helps for mosquito bites! Just be sure to consult with your primary doctor or allergist beforehand to make sure the cream will not cause other reactions.
For more severe allergies, it’s important to always carry your epinephrine auto-injector. Life-threatening anaphylaxis can strike at any moment, and your EpiPen or Auvi-Q can be a life-saver. If you don’t have an epinephrine injector, talk to an allergist about your options and if you need one.
Whether you have severe or less severe allergies, these essential allergy products will help soothe most of your symptoms. For more severe allergies, visit NY Allergy & Sinus Centers for a personalized treatment plan. With seven locations throughout Manhattan and Queens, we can serve your allergy needs no matter where you are in the city.
*Please note that these allergy products do not take the place of visiting your doctor or allergist.
Meet the Physician Collaborator
Dr. Sima Patel is a doctor of osteopathic medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine as well as the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel by calling (212) 686-4448.