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What can I do about my allergies?

Dr. Karen Fong
Dr. Karen Fong

Commonly asked questions for an Otolaryngologist,Dr. Karen Fong.

Dr. Karen Fong specializes in advanced care for complex disorders of the nose, paranasal sinuses and skull base.

Dr. Fong completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where she received a dual B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences. She received her M.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She went on to complete her residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, IL. Following the completion of residency, Dr. Fong spent two years as an NIH post-doctoral research fellow,studying the effects of steroids on olfaction.

After completing her residency and post-doctoral research fellowship, Dr. Fong joined the full-time faculty at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon as a member of the Oregon Sinus Center.

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Video Transcript

What can you do during allergy season to help with your sinuses? During allergy season, a lot of people suffer from nasal and sinus symptoms, including nasal congestion, sneezing, nasal itching, and runny nose. There are a lot of really good allergy medications available over the counter, including oral antihistamines such as Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec and Xyzal, and topical nasal steroid sprays, including Flonase Nasacort, and Rhinocort. These medications can be very effective but are always best used before exposure to allergens. So, during the allergy season, it's best to use these on a daily basis. Nasal saline irrigations can also be helpful. For more information, find us on YouTube or go to our website at bassmedicalgroup.com.

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