How to Fight Allergies That Cause an Itchy Nose

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Many different types of allergies cause an itchy nose, which can be a major inconvenience depending on the situation. Fight allergies that cause an itchy nose with help from a renowned medical expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Robert Eitches. I'm in Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. I like to talk to you today about how to fight allergies that cause an itchy nose. And that's very appropriate for me because my last name is Eitches. You drop the E and you have itches. And an itchy nose is what I live with and live for and live because of then people come to see me about. An itchy nose makes you do something; makes you go like that sometimes or you could go like that or like that, "Hoohh", or like that. It's, it's all, some people think they're like ticks. They're not ticks, they're, they're allergies. Then, why do you have it? You have it because your allergy cells in your nose called allergy mast cells, they release chemicals like, like histamines and leukotrienes that makes you itch. That's a process. So, the deal is how we're going to reduce this? How are we going to deal with this? How are we going to make this less of an issue? Well, one thing would be decrease exposure. So, you know, you could be the boy in the bubble and live in a bubble and you'd have less exposure. But, I don't know that's practical. You could decrease exposure possibly by moving to the ocean and that is nice and that's not always practical either. Sometimes there are seasons that are worse like springtimes worse, but, so that's, that's put you stuck in a situation where you have outdoor exposure whether or not you like it, even when you're indoors and it's in the springtime and you have that itchy nose. So, what are you going to do about it? Well, one thing you can do is you can use medications. There are over the counter medicines that are like anti-histamines and sometimes decongestants that you take orally, not, don't use a decongestant that is a nasal spray. That causes new problems. And then what they'll do is they'll calm the allergy cells down so you have less allergy symptoms. Now, if you those don't work, you might look at medicines that are prescriptive. There are other anti-histamines, they are available and a lot of times we use nasal sprays. We use nasal sprays that are anti-histamine sprays or nasal sprays that are cortisone sprays and these are often helpful and sometimes kick in faster with the anti-histamine sprays and the cortisone sprays just calm things down in general. Now, there's also a pill that's a leukotriene antagonist that's used that's a prescription that's also very good for allergies. What if you don't to take pills or they're not working, where do you go then? Well, that's where allergy shots come into play or allergy immunotherapy where logistically, you get a shot of what you're allergic to in a small dose. You form allergy antibodies that are blocked because of it, it actually form protective antibodies and overtime, you get protection rather than allergy. And so, you really self-solve the problem. I'm Dr. Robert Eitches. I'm a Board Certified Allergist at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and I discussed with you today how to fight allergies that cause an itchy nose. Thank you.


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