The Benefit of Taking Allergy Medicines Before Symptoms Start

Thomas Tami MD, an ear nose and throat specialist at Group Health, a TriHealth Physician Partner, answers a Local 12 viewer question on the benefit of taking allergy medications before feeling any symptoms.

While Dr. Tami says he cannot be positive that Cincinnati is going to have a bad ragweed season, he does think it's likely, "mostly because of the weather we've had."

What is the Advantage of Taking Allergy Medications Early?

While some medications–like antihistamines-are fast-acting, others, like nasal steroid sprays, take longer to work. 

"If you start on that treatment about a week or so before allergies hit, you have a much better allergy season than if you have symptoms and you're forever trying to catch up," Dr. Tami explains.

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Last Updated: February 20, 2014