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Quercetin, a flavonoid, naturally contained in plant sources such as various fruits and vegetables, is known for its antioxidant activity, anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties. Besides its natural forms, the plant extract is the main component of many anti-allergic supplements. These properties have been studied in the treatment of respiratory allergies, where it has been shown to reduce or inhibit histamine and other allergic and inflammatory substances released from mast cells. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist to see if thisproduct may be suitable for you.
Antihistamine nasal sprays are effective in relieving runny nose, sneezing, itching or blocked nose caused by allergies. It is suitable for seasonal and non-seasonal allergies.
Intranasal corticosteroid nasal sprays (INCS) have a potent action on inflammation when used regularly (like asthma preventer medications). These need to be used regularly and with careful attention to the way in which they are used. Different brands of INCS vary in strength and effectiveness, so it is important to read the labels and check details with your pharmacist or doctor.
Antihistamine tablets or syrups (non-sedating) help to reduce symptoms (sneezing, itchy and irritated eyes), but they are not as effective in controlling severe nasal blockage and dribble. The advantage of antihistamines is their flexibility; you can take them when you have symptoms, and avoid them when you are well. Antihistamine eye drops can also be helpful in controlling wateryeyes due to allergies.
Although medications do not cure allergies, they can definitely help you relieve the symptoms. It is important to use the correct medication depending on the type of hay fever you suffer from. Seek advice from our pharmacists or your doctor about medications that will relieve your symptoms.
• If possible, stay indoors until after midday, particularly in the pollen season and on windy days.• Avoid going out during, or after thunderstorms, particularlywhen pollen counts are high.• Wear sunglasses, carry tissues, shower when you arrive home and rinse your eyes with water.• Do not mow grass and stay inside when it is being mown. If mowing is unavoidable, wear a mask or take a non-drowsy antihistamine.• Keep windows closed at home and in the car. Use recirculating air conditioning in the car.• Try to plan holidays out of the pollen season or holiday at the seaside.• If landscaping at home, research plants less likely to trigger allergic rhinitis or asthma. If you are sensitive to particular weeds or treesthat are outside your bedroom window, have them removed.
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