Joan Clears the Air About Seasonal Allergies – Brief Article

Joan Lunden

1st in a Series: Taking Control

The Golden Gate made me smile, but the Big Apple made me sneeze.

I didn’t start sneezing until I moved from my native California to New York City. Like many people, I thought I could treat myself with over-the-counter medications. But they made me feel drowsy. Finally, I talked to my doctor, and he gave me an allergy test. It showed that I’m allergic to certain trees in the Northeast. So he prescribed a medication to control my symptoms that was right for me. Now, I’m smiling from coast to coast.

My daughter and I have more in common than we thought.

When allergy season strikes, I know it. And my middle daughter, Lindsay, seems to know it, too. Like all teenagers, she is always on the run. She thought her sniffles were due to a cold, but we still visited her doctor.

His diagnosis? Seasonal allergies. He explained that kids whose parents have seasonal allergies are prone to them, too. He prescribed a medication for Lindsay that relieved her symptoms without making her feel sleepy. This way, she’s ready for anything — even a surprise algebra quiz.

By controlling my seasonal allergies I reached new heights.

After I took control of my seasonal allergy symptoms, I was amazed at the difference it made in my life. Instead of limiting my activities, I could do whatever I wanted to Do — play tennis, hike, ride horses, or even fly in a jet fighter — without worrying about my seasonal allergies. You could say, I’m cleared for takeoff.

Take control and talk to your doctor.

If you or someone in your family has seasonal allergies, take action and talk to your doctor. Your doctor can prescribe a medication to control your symptoms, so you can feel your best and make the most out of every season.

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