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Reducing allergy symptoms
BEAUMONT - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
Southeast Texans are sneezing, coughing and suffering from other symptoms as allergy season makes its way across the region.
Its kind of like everything is pollinating at the same time, so its allergy overload, said Dr. Jeremy Roebuck of Southeast Texas Ear, Nose and Throat. I think patients who are prone to a lot of allergy symptoms should already be taking allergy precautions, allergy medications, what have you.
Receptionist Ashlie Norris is experiencing her first spring since she started taking allergy shots six months ago.
I can remember being a little kid and having to stay inside while other kids were outside playing, Norris said. I had to be inside, because I would sneeze and itch my nose so bad that it would bleed.
She says since she started getting the shots, her symptoms haven't been as bad, allowing her to play outside with her two children.
Others aren't as lucky.
Roebuck recommends a number of options including HEPA filters, covering house furniture, taking over-the-counter medicines, and if at all possible, avoidance.
If it is a high pollen count and you're really bad allergic, you just don't go outside as much that day. You don't dry your clothes hanging on the line outside. You maybe keep the windows closed for a few days, he said.
He says there's also another remedy individuals could try.
Locally grown honey, he said. Its got the local antigens of the community. A teaspoon a day can help sometimes.
He says if the allergy symptoms become too unbearable, visit your doctor.