Choosing The Best Allergy Medications

When allergies strike, people want immediate relief. Luckily, many over-the-counter (OTC) medications offer significant relief fast. When itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose appear, look for the following ingredients to treat seasonal or ongoing allergy symptoms.


Nasal sprays for stuffiness

When the nose is stuffed up, life can be miserable. Constant sniffling and loss of smell can be highly bothersome symptoms. Nasal sprays are a great over-the-counter (OTC) option for treating the sinuses. Sprays can contain various ingredients, from simple saline mixtures to medicated versions, but look for a glucocorticoid which will help fight inflammation. Most people report immediate relief when using a nasal spray. However, read the instructions carefully and do not use the spray for longer than directed, as rebound congestion can occur with the overuse of certain medications.

Eye drops for itchy eyes

When red, burning, or itchy eyes are the problem, an OTC eye drop may be the right approach. Artificial tears can help with dryness, while medicated eye drops can address more bothersome allergy symptoms. Antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant eye drops are commonly used to treat allergies affecting the eyes.

Breaking out in hives?

When a skin rash known as hives occurs, immediate relief is ideal. Topical corticosteroids are a great OTC approach that can effectively treat the red and itchy rash quickly. Antihistamines are another option that can be purchased in oral and topical forms. This class of medication relieves itching and tampers the allergic reaction quickly.

Seasonal troubles

Approximately 25% of adults in the US have seasonal allergies. Occurring most often in the spring, season allergies can be triggered by pollen, grass, mold, and ragweed. Having a go-to medication to reach for when symptoms flare up is essential. Most people experiencing seasonal allergies can benefit from an antihistamine. This medication can be taken daily if symptoms are severe and persistent or as needed when around the allergen.

Consider homeopathy

In addition to conventional medications, many pharmacies also carry homeopathy remedies. Homeopathy is based on the idea of like cures like. In other words, something that brings on symptoms in a healthy person can treat an illness with similar symptoms when administered in very small doses. Various homeopathic products are purported to help with different allergy symptoms. Natrum muriaticum and sabadilla, for example, can help with a runny nose. Most people benefit from a trial-and-error approach to determine what option works best.

Leave the tissues behind

Allergies are a common but bothersome problem. Although various treatments are available, OTC options can provide significant relief for most people. Nasal sprays, eye drops, and topical or oral antihistamines are just a few ingredients to consider. A healthcare provider or pharmacist can help identify the best ingredient for specific allergy symptoms.


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