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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Have a health question? E-mail email@example.com.