Popular Allergy Medications
There is no cure for allergies, but there are several types of medicines available - both over-the-counter and prescription - to help ease annoying symptoms like congestion and runny nose.
A look at the common medications used to treat allergies.
First of all, what is an allergy? It is an over-reaction of the body to a non-toxic substance, the substance causing a reaction called an allergy. Allergies can be inhaled, ingested or picked up through skin contact. Some common causes of allergies are trees, grasses, ragweed, mold, dust mites and food products such as milk, wheat, corn, eggs, and yeast. Allergy and the Ear Forty-five million Americans suffer from allergies, sometimes seasonally, sometimes all year long. People often inherit a tendency to develop allergies. Allergies can affect the symptoms of ear/hearing/balance disorders in different ways.
Common Allergy Medications
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Decongestants Anticholinergic Nasal Allergy Sprays.
Antihistamines Antihistamines have been used for years to treat allergy symptoms.
Over-the-counterantihistamine eye drops can relieve red itchy eyes, while nasal sprays can beused to treat the symptoms of seasonal or year-round allergies.
Combination Medicines Some allergy medicines contain both an antihistamine and a decongestant to relieve multiple symptoms.
There are also other combinations, such as those between an allergy medicine and asthma medicine and an antihistamine eye drop with a mast cell stabilizer drug see below .
Over-the-counter: Zyrtec-D , Benadryl Allergy and Sinus, TylenolAllergy and Sinus. Prescription: Allegra-D, Claritin-D, and Semprex-D for nasal allergies.
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