The options for treating allergies can vary, but doctors recommend speaking with an allergist if the symptoms stick around too long.
Lately, Jessica Husman has been out of the game before she even stepped up to the plate. "I always feel like there is itching going on or there are bugs in my eyes and I just want to itch them out, it's just been a terrible season."
Husman has been suffering through allergies for the past few weeks. "No allergy medications have really solidly worked for me, I've tried the Zyrtec, the Claritin, but none of it has worked."
"If the over-the-counter remedies are not working, that's when you should see your physician for the safer prescription nasal spray,” said Dr. Jill Poole, an allergist with the Nebraska Medical Center.
There are a few options for relief. "I'm always a big fan of the sinus rinse, making sure you keep the bottles clean or the neti pots to clean out the pollens and the mucus, the over-the-counter, non-sedating antihistamines I am a fan of,” said Dr. Poole.
One way allergy sufferers can find relief is by helping themselves at home. Dr. Poole suggests keeping windows closed and the blinds down to help keep what causes allergies to stay outside. It might mean sacrificing a cool breeze in the morning or at night, but it's a small sacrifice in the fight against allergies.
Husman said she's rounded the bases of treatment using both over-the-counter treatments and prescriptions. Now, she's considering allergy shots, a three-to-five-year treatment, Husman’s last option she hopes will work. "I really hope so, I want to have a normal life again and experience going to the lake and enjoying it."
Dr. Poole recommends staying away from nasal spray decongestants because noses become addicted to the spray and over time they loose potency. Dr. Poole also recommends talking to a doctor if allergy symptoms become too severe.