Allergy season 101: How and where to find relief!

All signs point to an earlier-than-usual allergy season, thanks to our mild winter, with many individuals already affected.

In fact, an estimated 20 per cent of all Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies, resulting in a runny nose, watery, itchy eyes, sneezing, and in some cases, difficulty breathing, fatigue and coughing.

“Seasonal allergies can suddenly affect anyone, even those who have been unaffected in the past, and can disrupt day-to-day life,” says Michelle Gray, Owner of Gray’s Compounding Pharmacy. “Thankfully, there are various medications, treatments and preventive measures that can help.”

The most common medications for seasonal allergies are non-drowsy antihistamines such as Claritin, Reactine or Aerius, available without a prescription. They are generally taken once a day and last for 24 hours, but individuals can develop resistance to one type of antihistamine if taken frequently, Gray notes. She suggests alternating between different types of antihistamines .

Individuals with asthma, COPD or similar diseases , and those finding over-the-counter medication ineffective, may require additional support during allergy season to manage their symptoms.

Gray recommends consulting with a pharmacist in these situations to discuss different antihistamines, saline nasal rinses, nasal corticosteroids and other available treatment options; pharmacists can also prescribe medications like stronger or different antihistamines, nasal or ophthalmic preparations, if necessary, she adds.

“Recent studies have also highlighted the importance of supporting our whole-body microbiome, including the microbiome in our lungs,” Gray says. “Healthology offers an excellent product called Lung-FX, which provides support in keeping mucus moving and rejuvenating the natural mucus lining. Meanwhile, Metagenics UltraFlora Cold Support is beneficial for building up the microbiome in your lungs.”

Visit Gray’s Compounding Pharmacy at 417B 304th St. on Highway 95 in Kimberley, open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.,and get in touch at 250-427-0038 or at Free shipping is available in the Kootenays for your compounds, along with free weekly delivery to Cranbrook and throughout Kimberley.

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