When should you see a specialist for your allergies?

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Q. When should you see a specialist for your allergies?

A. Although the tree pollen count has been high for several weeks now, “there’s absolutely no reason in 2013 why anyone should have a miserable allergy season,” said Dr. John Joseph Costa, medical director of clinical allergy practices for Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Today’s over-the-counter antihistamine medications are safe, relatively low-cost, long-acting, and won’t put you to sleep. Over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops also work extremely well, he said, but avoid over-the-counter nasal sprays, because they are very quickly habit-forming.

Roughly one-third to one-half of allergy sufferers will solve their problems with these medications.

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