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Allergy reliefSubmitted: 04/07/2014
Story By Karolina Buczek

Allergy relief
WAUSAU - Many people rely on allergy medicine to help them get through the spring.

But some over the counter medicine can actually worsen your symptoms.

Over the counter antihistamines can soothe some allergy symptoms like sneezing.

But they can also irritate your eyes and make other symptoms even worse.

Some optometrists believe popular allergy medicines can dry out your eyes.

That can increase some symptoms like itchy and red eyes.

Doctors believe some over the counter drugs can also dry out contact lenses.

They say the best way to reduce your allergy symptoms is to get prescription medicine.

"We have some great eye drops that work very, very well. They're very simple to administer. You put in one drop, it works in about three to five minutes, and you'll get 12 to 16 hours of relief just from one simple eye drop," said Dr. Jeffrey Sarazen, an optometrist at Envision Eyecare.

Doctors believe 40 percent of all Americans will suffer from allergies this spring.

But there are some things you can do to prevent symptoms from flaring up.

"If you know you're someone that's going to suffer from seasonal allergies, try to keep the windows closed at night. Try to avoid exercising early morning, late evening when allergy counts are the highest. Practice good hand washing. Your mom told you not to rub your eyes and she was right. Try not to rub your eyes," said Sarazen.

Doctors believe the most common mistake people make during allergy season is treating symptoms without a diagnosis.

They say many people try to treat allergies but they're suffering from something else, like dry eye.

The best way to find out if you're allergic to anything is to see a doctor.


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