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Seasonal Allergies and IC

Your seasonal allergies could be causing your interstitial cystitis (IC) flares. Many people with IC notice that the sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose brought on by seasonal allergies worsen IC symptoms. IC experts have noticed too, commenting in courses and meetings that they get more calls and more patients coming into the office with flares when the snow is gone and the trees and flowers bloom. Research also supports a higher prevalence of seasonal allergies in IC patients compared with the general public. Antihistamines are often used as part of a comprehensive IC treatment plan. Even-over-the counter medications can help bring some patients relief. Read more about antihistamines. Advocate level donors who have made an annual gift of $100 or more to ICA, receive the benefit of online access to ALL past issues of the ICA Update, including the Spring 2009 issue which includes additional information on IC and allergies.