HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - It's that time of year and pollen is everywhere. Merit Health Wesley Physician of Internal Medicine Dr. Manish Mishra urged the public to build their line of defense against allergies now.
"I actually suffer from allergies myself," Mishra said.
He said through his years of seeking relief from his allergies and his training with an allergist and an immunologist, he learned the first line of defense from this sensitivity is surprisingly simple.
"It's kind of a home remedy," Mishra said. "Most folks are saying should I go to my doctor, should I get some medicine? Local honey actually works really well."
Dr. Mishra explained local honey works like a vaccine.
"So, a chicken pox vaccine, you kind of get a piece of it, and then your body recognizes it and then you don't have any problems with it," Mishra said. "Pollen works the same way in the local honey. So, you have a teaspoon in the morning, a teaspoon at night and you will be taken care of for your allergies."
If you prefer over the counter, Mishra advised folks to look for the ingredient Loratadine.
"Like your Zyrtec or your Claritin, and make sure you get the 24-hour formulation and take it at night before you go to sleep," Mishra said.
Speaking of sleep, Dr, Mishra said getting lots of rest at night helps clear your sinus. He said cough medicine can help with draining into your throat, but if your allergies are extreme you may have to go see your doctor.
"You can do a steroid shot if they are really, really bad," Mishra said.
If you are not sure what you're allergic to, Mishra said the clinic can now do an allergy test with just a little drop of blood.