Fight Back Against Allergies with These Medications

AllergiesYou hung up your snow shovel for the season, but if you suffer from allergies you may find yourself buried beneath a mountain of tissues.

With seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, allergens send your immune system into overdrive and cause symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, sore throat, and more. If you’re one of the 20 percent of people battling hay fever, there’s likely one thing on your mind: relief. Medications can help.

Types of Allergy Medications
Many allergy medications work best if you take them before you’re exposed to allergens. They include:

Antihistamines. Reach for these if you experience sneezing, runny nose, or itchiness. They prevent histamine, a chemical your body releases when you encounter an allergen, from attaching to certain cells that cause symptoms. Antihistamines come in pills as well as nasal sprays. Some are available over-the-counter, others require a prescription. 

Decongestants. These drugs narrow blood vessels in the lining of your nose, which reduces swelling so you can breathe more easily. They come in pills and nose sprays. 

Nasal sprays. Certain nasal sprays reduce your body’s reaction to allergens. Cromolyn sodium is available over-the-counter. Nasal steroids require a prescription.

Allergy shots and immunotherapy.
If you’ve tried other treatments and still have symptoms, discuss these options with your doctor. Shots and immunotherapy, which are tablets that dissolve in your mouth, contain small amounts of the thing you’re allergic to, which helps your body get used to it so your symptoms are less severe.

Got Asthma?

If you suffer from asthma, you may also experience allergies, which can trigger an asthma attack. Continue taking your asthma medications even when you’re feeling well. Schedule a visit with your doctor if you’re using your quick-relief inhaler more than twice per week.

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