Ragwitek. Approved by the FDA in
April for allergic rhinitis, this remedy is
taken under the tongue (sublingually) and is
an alternative to allergy shots. Treatment
needs to be started 12 weeks before allergy
season and continued throughout.
When it’s time for allergy shots
If you still aren’t feeling well, you may
want to see an allergist for blood and skin
testing, which involves having a small
amount of the allergen pricked into the
skin. If a red bump appears, you’re allergic
to that substance.
Your allergist can treat you with allergy
shots, which contain a tiny amount of the
allergen. “Allergy shots gradually change the
immune system so you stop being allergic,”
says White, who is a Costco member. “It’s the
closest thing we have to a cure.” C
Author Chrystle Fiedler ( www.chrystle
fiedler.com) specializes in writing about
The Costco Connection
Costco members will find a variety of over-the-counter allergy medications at Costco
and on Costco.com. Costco pharmacies can
fill most prescriptions.
REAL RELIEF FROM RAGWEED
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 47
THE AMERICAN ACADEMY of
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology offers
these tips to help you reduce your
exposure to pollen.
■ Keep your windows closed and
turn on the air conditioning, which
cleans the air.
■ Stay indoors when pollen
counts are high.
■ If your symptoms are severe,
wear a pollen mask if long periods of
exposure are unavoidable.
■ When you come inside, take a
shower, shampoo your hair and
change clothes, right away.
■ Let someone else mow the
lawn or rake the leaves, which stirs
up pollen and molds.
■ Avoid hanging sheets or clothes
outside to dry; use the dryer instead.
■ When traveling by car, keep
your windows closed, and use the air
■ Take any medications as prescribed.—CF
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