Arthur Rothstein is a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Medicine and Acute Care Medicine. He graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Masters of Science in Nursing and also completed a three-year post-masters certification in Acute Care from St. Louis University. He has seven years of clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner in the Urgent Care and Emergency Departments. We asked him to share some tips on seasonal allergies below:

What inspired you to be a Nurse Practitioner?

Being an NP is my way of making the world a better place, one patient at a time. If I can restore someone’s health, then that person can go on living up to their potential doing good somewhere else. For me, this is a calling, a sacred duty, not a job.

What topics are you most passionate about in the health field?

I am passionate about episodic care such as provided in urgent cares and emergency departments. I am passionate about using technology to create better and more accurate tools for diagnosing illness. I am also passionate about telemedicine – anything that shortens the gap between my professional advice and the patient.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Being blessed with three children under the age of 6, I work hard at home in educating and playing with them. We love to travel, read books together, study the Bible, celebrate the Sabbath, volunteer, garden our fruit trees, and all kinds of outdoor activities from hiking to picnicking.

What’s the last book you read that you would recommend to others?

The New York Times Bestseller: Sapiens by Uval Noah Harari.

Spring allergies are in full swing! Can you share some tips to help with seasonal allergies?

There are many great over-the-counter methods of treating seasonal allergies since avoiding them can be difficult if not impossible. I recommend using a daily nasal steroid like FLONASE – it’s an inexpensive over-the-counter medication that treats the allergies at the door. The steroid is not absorbed into the body, and it is very well tolerated by most people. It has to be used daily however for it to work.

Most people also have to take an antihistamine such as ALLEGRA or ZYRTEC or CLARITIN – these version 2.0 antihistamines won’t leave you as drowsy as BENADRYL would. Available as generics, they are largely inexpensive and well tolerated. Taking an antihistamine is a great way to take care of sneezing, itching and runny nose.

There are also decongestants that can be helpful, allergy eye drops, prescription medications for allergies, so if your symptoms are not well managed with the abovementioned medications, give me a call at MeMD and I am happy to talk about it further.

If you find yourself suffering from symptoms of seasonal allergies, remember you can speak with a licensed medical provider privately and securely from the comfort of your own home or office using MeMD 24/7 – 365.

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