Allergies Sending More Northlanders to Emergency Room

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Some local hospitals have been seeing an uptick in sinus and allergy-related visits.

Doctors at St. Luke’s say the wildfires out west along with high pressure, windy days and seasonal allergies in general are the cause.

To combat symptoms, health experts recommend taking medicine like Allegra and Claritin, a decongestant and eye drops.

“If they’re feeling short of breath, if they’re wheezing or if they’re like really congested and can’t move any air through their nose,” said St. Luke’s emergency physician Dr. Peter Stenehjem. “If their eyes are really irritated and not calming down through their home measures those are good reasons to come to the hospital.”

A cold compress and avoiding dust and smoke could also help.

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