Your Common Questions About Allergies

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EUGENE, Ore. — A lot of people are itching to get outside and enjoy the spring weather, but if you’re one of the many who suffers from allergies, that may leave you itching even more.

Tree pollen is in high gear and many allergy sufferers are sniffling and sneezing because of it.

We asked our Twitter and Facebook followers which questions they wanted us to ask an allergy expert.

The most common question: What is the best over-the-counter medication to combat allergies?

Dr. Kraig Jacobson with Oregon Allergy Associates says the most popular are medications containing the active ingredient cetirizine. The second most popular is fexofenadine, followed by loratadine.

If medication doesn’t work for you, Dr. Jacobson says you can either escape the pollen-trapped valley, get an allergy shot, or go see a doctor for a medication more tailor-made for you.

If you’re looking for a more natural path, allergists say there are saline nasal rinses available at most pharmacies. Those are a good idea for children, since many medications for young kids have been taken off the market.

One thing that doesn’t work, according to Dr. Jacobson, is bee pollen. He says the natural remedy is somewhat of a myth, since the pollen that causes allergies is carried by the wind and not insects.

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