What's making you sneeze?

March 19, 2008 5:15:09 PM PDT
Learn what's causing your allergies and how to make the sneezing stop!

Leigh Glaser met with allergist expert, Dr. Michael Lenoir, to find out what makes us sneeze and how to deal with pollen this spring.

What is making us sneeze right now?
The trees are pollinating now. The primary trees in this area are Oak, Olive, Juniper and Cypress

Over-the-counter medicines that work include:

ANTIHISTAMINES

  • Chlortrimeton and Benadryl: Type 2 antihistamines; effective but make people drowzy
  • Claritin. Alevert or Loratadine: all the same medication
  • Zyrtec: antihistamine that does no make people too drowzy
  • A host of meds with both decongestants and antihistamine made by Tylenol, Advil, etc. (all called allergy medications)

    NASAL SPRAYS

  • Afrin, Sinuspray: Nasal decongestants; effective but addicting
  • Nasal Saline: Good for rinsing out nose and sinuses

    Fore more information, visit: www.drlenoir.com

    About Dr. Michael Lenoir:

    Dr. Lenoir is a board certified in Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He served as the Chief of Allergy at San Francisco General Hospital and in the past as the Chief of Allergy at the Children's Hospital in Oakland.

    If you have a question about an allergy problem, an allergy evaluation, or asthma, you can call Dr. LeNoir at (510) 834-4897 Ext. 11 or you can email him at drlenoir@drlenoir.com.

    Click here for office hours and locations.


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