Finding relief during spring allergy season

Published: Mar. 21, 2017 at 7:40 PM CDT
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Warmer temps may make some smile. For others it makes them sneeze.

Tuesday marks only the second day of the spring season and many people are already suffering from allergies.

"Runny nose. Sneezing. Coughing quite a bit," said Mandi Powell of Hastings.

Feeling under the weather this time of year is not new for some. What is new, though, are a few varieties of over-the-counter allergy meds like Flonase, Veramyst and some nasal sprays.

Pharmacists say these may better target your allergies. However, if you've been using them for a while and haven't had much relief, it may be time to take it to the next level.

"If one antihistamine is not working it's good to try another one. They all kind of work differently. If it's been a month or so I'd say it's time time to go to a doctor and see if you can maybe target a specific allergen," said Pharmacist Brady Slama.

That's exactly what Mandi did and she's glad. Her allergies were so bad she couldn't even hit the gym.

Now she's taking a prescription drug and she says it makes a big difference.

"Absolutely helped me more. I tried last year not taking any type of prescriptions and I was probably down a couple weeks from working out," said Mandi Powell.

While Mandi still suffers, she says she's taking a prescription to deal with her allergies was a good decision. Now she's limited less when she does cardio or high intensity workouts.