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What Should I Take for Seasonal Allergies?



With spring comes warmer weather, blooming flowers, and seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies can be bothersome and get in the way of work, school, and make those who suffer from them miserable. If you start to experience symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, take a trip to your local pharmacy. There are several over-the-counter (OTC) products for symptom relief that do not require a prescription from your doctor. Be sure to provide your pharmacist with a description of your symptoms, as well as any other food or drug allergies and a list of medications, including OTC products, that you are currently taking. 


If you are experiencing mild-to-moderate symptoms of itching, sneezing, runny nose, or itchy red eyes, consider using an oral antihistamine. These include products like Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), Xyzal (levocetirizine), and Allegra (fexofenadine). Benadryl, or diphenhydramine is an antihistamine used to treat allergies, however, is known to cause more side effects including drowsiness.

Symptoms that are moderate-to-severe may require a nasal corticosteroid spray. Flonase (fluticasone), Nasacort (triamcinolone), and Rhinocort (budesonide) are used to treat sneezing, itching, runny nose, and congestion. They can be found over the counter without a prescription at your local pharmacy. These medications are sprayed into the nostrils on a daily basis. Your pharmacist can show you how to properly administer these medications. With proper, consistent use, you should begin to see relief within a week.

Many seasonal allergy sufferers experience sinus or nasal congestion in addition to other common symptoms. Over the counter decongestants like Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) can help ease sinus pressure and congestion. Talk to your pharmacist about dosing, interactions, and side effects. Some side effects of these medications include insomnia, irritability, and palpitations and may not be recommended for some patients.

Being proactive when dealing with seasonal allergy treatment can help reduce your symptoms. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you develop a treatment plan that includes over the counter medications so you can get outside and enjoy the season.

If you are experiencing mild-to-moderate symptoms of itching, sneezing, runny nose, or itchy red eyes, consider using an oral antihistamine. These include products like Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), Xyzal (levocetirizine), and Allegra (fexofenadine). Benadryl, or diphenhydramine is an antihistamine used to treat allergies, however, is known to cause more side effects including drowsiness.

Symptoms that are moderate-to-severe may require a nasal corticosteroid spray. Flonase (fluticasone), Nasacort (triamcinolone), and Rhinocort (budesonide) are used to treat sneezing, itching, runny nose, and congestion. They can be found over the counter without a prescription at your local pharmacy. These medications are sprayed into the nostrils on a daily basis. Your pharmacist can show you how to properly administer these medications. With proper, consistent use, you should begin to see relief within a week.

Many seasonal allergy sufferers experience sinus or nasal congestion in addition to other common symptoms. Over the counter decongestants like Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) can help ease sinus pressure and congestion. Talk to your pharmacist about dosing, interactions, and side effects. Some side effects of these medications include insomnia, irritability, and palpitations and may not be recommended for some patients.

Being proactive when dealing with seasonal allergy treatment can help reduce your symptoms. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you develop a treatment plan that includes over the counter medications so you can get outside and enjoy the season.

If you are experiencing mild-to-moderate symptoms of itching, sneezing, runny nose, or itchy red eyes, consider using an oral antihistamine. These include products like Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), Xyzal (levocetirizine), and Allegra (fexofenadine). Benadryl, or diphenhydramine is an antihistamine used to treat allergies, however, is known to cause more side effects including drowsiness.

Symptoms that are moderate-to-severe may require a nasal corticosteroid spray. Flonase (fluticasone), Nasacort (triamcinolone), and Rhinocort (budesonide) are used to treat sneezing, itching, runny nose, and congestion. They can be found over the counter without a prescription at your local pharmacy. These medications are sprayed into the nostrils on a daily basis. Your pharmacist can show you how to properly administer these medications. With proper, consistent use, you should begin to see relief within a week.

Many seasonal allergy sufferers experience sinus or nasal congestion in addition to other common symptoms. Over the counter decongestants like Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) can help ease sinus pressure and congestion. Talk to your pharmacist about dosing, interactions, and side effects. Some side effects of these medications include insomnia, irritability, and palpitations and may not be recommended for some patients.

Being proactive when dealing with seasonal allergy treatment can help reduce your symptoms. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you develop a treatment plan that includes over the counter medications so you can get outside and enjoy the season.

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