Allergy Health & Wellness
What are allergies?
- Stuffy, itchy, and/or runny nose
- Itchy and watery eyes
- Sore and itchy throat
- Dark circles under your eyes
- The mucus from your nose is runny and clear
- Your sneezing is fast and happens multiple times in a row
- Your nose, throat eyes, ears and the roof of your mouth are itchy
- Your symptoms last longer than a week or 10 days
What causes allergies?
Do I need medical care?
- Are under 12 years if age
- Are pregnant or breast-feeding
- Have unusual symptoms (thick green or yellow mucus; facial pain; nose bleeds; loss of smell)
- Have severe, persistent allergic rhinitis (symptoms last for more than four weeks or disturb your sleep; you cannot participate in regular daily activities; you have trouble getting work done)
- Have symptoms of asthma
- Have earache
- Stay indoors when pollen count is high. If you are outdoors for long periods, it may be helpful to shower or bathe to wash off pollen to help reduce symptoms.
- Try to keep windows and doors closed to keep pollen from getting into your house and/or your car. Air conditioning may help.
- Avoid getting pollen on your clothes, e.g., don’t dry clothes outside during high pollen times.
- For stuffy nose symptoms try nasal strips to ease breathing.
- Remove furniture and carpets that collect dust OR vacuum furniture and carpets often.
- Avoid contact with animals that cause an allergic reaction.
- Cover your mattresses with dust mite covers.
- Try to keep air humidity in your home at 40 to 50% (dry).
- Install a HEPA air filter.
- Use a cleanser that removes mould from bathroom and kitchen surfaces.
- For stuffy nose symptoms, try nasal strips to ease breathing.
- Antihistamines: pills used to help relieve sneezing, runny nose and itching. Some are non-drowsy.
- Decongestants: can help relieve a stuffy nose. Should only be used a few days at a time.
- Nasal corticosteroids: inhaled medication you may use several weeks BEFORE your allergy season begins.
- Saline nose drops/spray and lubricating eye drops may help relieve nasal and eye symptoms.
This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.