Medication

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There are many different treatments for allergies. There is an allergy medication available that can help reduce your stuffy nose, itching, watery eyes, and sneezing. Take note of which allergy symptoms you are having, and read the labels on the products you can purchase over the counter at a pharmacy. They will describe which symptoms the medication treats. Be sure you check out the side effects of each product as well. With a little study, you will soon find a product that works well for you and your symptoms. Doctors can also treat your allergies if they are persistent or difficult to treat with over the counter medications.
 

Antihistamines

Antihistamines have been used to treat allergy symptoms for many years. They come in several different forms, such as pills, nasal spray, eye drops, and liquid form. The liquid form makes the product easy to take for children and adults who don’t like to swallow pills.
 
Some of the over the counter brands of antihistamine pills that work well to ease your allergy symptoms are:

  • – Allegra
  • – Benadryl
  • – Claritin
  • – Chlor-trimeton
  • – Tavist
  • – Zyrtec
  • – Ocu-Hist (for eye allergies only)

 
An allergic reaction causes the immune system to go into overdrive. The body produces histamines to attack the allergen. In the case of an allergic reaction, the histamines overreact to the allergen. This is what causes the itching, swelling and other allergic symptoms. An antihistamine prevents the immune system from overreacting to allergens, which prevents the symptoms.
 

Decongestants

If you have ever had a stuffy nose due to allergies, you know how uncomfortable the feeling is. It is hard to breathe and hard to sleep with a stuffy nose. Decongestants are used alone or in conjunction with antihistamines to relieve allergy symptoms. Some of the examples of decongestants are:

  • – Sudafed tables or liquid
  • – Nasal sprays like Afrin or Neo-Synephrine
  • – Visine allergy eye drops

 
Decongestants work by reducing the swelling, mucous and fluids that accumulate in the nose during an allergic reaction. Decongestants reduce the swelling of tissues and blood vessels cause by an allergic reaction.
 

Prescription Allergy Medications

 
If you routinely experience trouble with allergies, it is time to get your doctor’s advice. He or she may be able to run tests to determine which allergens are causing your problems. He or she can then decide whether to treat the allergies with medications with allergy shots, prescription medications, or both.