Hillary Clinton’s allergies has been in the news a lot lately. Most recently, this past Monday in Ohio she struggled to get through a campaign event where she had a 2 minute coughing fit. She had difficulty speaking during the rally and she was having a hard time due to the cough. The next day, Mrs. Clinton explained her allergies flare up twice a year in the spring and fall when the pollen comes out. “I just upped my antihistamine to try to break through it,” she said. “It lasts a couple days and then it disappears.”
This is not the first time Hillary Clinton’s allergies have been a major news topic. Back in 2011, when Osama bin Laden was captured and killed, the White House released a photo of the Situation Room where the National Security Team was assembled watching it unfold. In the photo President Obama and Vice President Biden are seen along with a dramatic expression from then Secretary Clinton, she is seen covering her mouth in what looks like a gesture of anxiety. However according to Clinton, that was not the case.
“Those were 38 of the most intense minutes. I have no idea what any of us were looking at that particular millisecond when the picture was taken,” she said when asked about the photo during a visit to Rome.
“I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs. So it may have no great meaning whatsoever,” Clinton added.
Clinton has stated her seasonal allergies worsen twice a year, as a New York State Resident, the pollen that commonly worsens allergies in the spring are tree pollen and in the fall, ragweed pollen. She did mention that when her allergies worsen, she increases her dose of antihistamines. Common over the counter antihistamines are Benadryl, Allegra, Zyrtec or Claritin to name a few. Another better suggestion would be to add a nasal steroid to her regimen, such as Flonase, Nasocort or Rhinocort. These medications would actually target the inflammatory response that occurs in her nasal/sinus passages. Her health records have not been released (neither has Donald Trump’s for that matter), so we don’t know what medications she actually has tried or is presently using.
If you do suffer from seasonal allergies and you have uncontrollable coughing fits, it is important to identify your allergy triggers and get tested by your local allergy doctor. He or she can help manage your symptoms and live your life allergy free.
Update September 14, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s physician released a letter today documenting some of her medical history. In it she says she takes a daily Clarinex, which is an antihistamine. As previously noted, a nasal steroid would be more beneficial for her allergy symptoms. Her earlier cough though was not likely allergies but early stages of pneumonia.
Here are other celebrities who have blamed allergies in the past for illnesses.