Seasonal allergic reactions can be caused by pollen.
Ah Spring, such a beautiful time of year, but for many allergy suffers, the worse time of year. Seasonal allergies symptoms can include a runny nose, sneezing, congestion, red, itchy eyes, sore throat, post-nasal drip, and cough. This reaction in our bodies is caused by some type of allergen. These allergens can include, pollen, mold, ragweed, cedar, and pet dander, just to name a few. The symptoms, known as Seasonal Allergies cause missed days at school or work and some sleepless nights
- Saline Sprays, and irrigation flushes (like Neti Pot)
- Over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines. These may include Loratadine (Claritin), Fexofenadine (Allegra), Cetirizine (Zyrtec), and diphenhydramine (Benadryl). These are listed from the least drowsy to the most drowsy.
- For congestion, Decongestants like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) or phenylephrine (Sudafed PE)*
- Nasal steroids- Until recently, all nasal steroids were Rx only. Now Nasacort (Triamcinolone) is available OTC.
- Other Nasal sprays are available by Rx to help with your symptoms (i.e. Astelin and Patanase), along with combo products like Dymista. Talk to your doctor about the one that is right for you.
- For more severe allergies, consult your doctor or allergist. Many options are still available (i.e. allergy drops and allergy shots).
*Do not use decongestants if you have high blood pressure or heart disease. Please consult your physician.
Seasonal Allergies are not fun to deal with, but hopefully some of these treatment options will help your family. Always check dosing requirements for children and if you have questions, ask your Pharmacist or other Health Care Provider.