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by Wayne Wood | Posted on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 — 8:43 AM
The beginning of this week saw spring like temperatures, and by the middle of the week we were shivering through another Arctic blast.
As this winter continues to take many parts of the country on a temperature roller coaster ride, many people find themselves using pain relievers or other remedies to deal with runny noses and other symptoms associated with sinus and allergy problems.
John Fahrenholz, M.D., medical director of the Vanderbilt Asthma, Sinus and Allergy Program, says that such changeable temperatures can be a real challenge for people who have allergies—and even for people who don’t.
“People who know they have year-round allergies should make sure to take their allergy medications daily during such times,” he said.
But even those of us who don’t suffer from allergies can develop a runny nose when the temperature and humidity change rapidly. A congested, runny or itchy nose–what doctors call vasomotor rhinitis–can occur in the midst of rapidly changing weather.
Here are a few guidelines from Fahrenholz to help you—and your nose—through crazy weather changes:
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