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By Fran Kritz
Want the most from medicines your doctor has recommended this allergy
season? Then taking them at the right time is the best way to get rid
of symptoms—but the right time may be earlier than you think.
once-a-day antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays a week before spring
and fall allergy seasons are set to start could put you ahead of the
game, says Marjorie Slankard, professor of medicine at the Columbia
University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. For
example, in many parts of the country, ragweed season starts in
mid-August, so you’d want to start your medication around the second
week. “Once you start taking antihistamines, there’s a maximum buildup
by day five to seven,” says Dr. Slankard.
Keeping your dose of medicine constant will help relieve allergy symptoms, so be sure to take it every day.
Be sure to renew and refill prescriptions on time so you always have your medicine when you need it.
Medicines are important, but keep these points in mind for more relief:
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