Ah, allergies. If it’s not your eyes watering or your nose never-endingly running, then it’s a constant state of sneezing that makes you look like an excited labrador. It’s as if trying to avoid palm oil on supermarket shelves wasn’t enough for us to focus on… we have pollen and dust mites adding insult to injury!
But hey, take solace in the fact that you are not alone! According to statistics from ACAAI,  over 50 million Americans suffer from some type of allergy each year. Talk about a national problem! No wonder so many products claim they’re the “best solution.” Well folks, today I assure you; after much research and personal experience (have you seen my face before?!), I am here with six over-the-counter remedies which might finally save our noses.
First things first: Let’s talk antihistamines
The most common way doctors treat allergies is through antihistamine medication. Seem complicated? Think histamine hitman – only better dressed…and with no guns involved!!!
Antihistamine dresses block receptors in the body – this keeps signaling proteins called histamines from connecting with cells present in nasal passages ultimately leading to reduced congestion and drippy faucets.
There are two types of antihistamines: sedating (first-generation) and non-sedating (second-generation). In plain English – remember being told off by elders during their nap time because “this house isn’t a monkey gymnasium?” That was almost certainly because someone took first generation Benadryl which turns them into turtles racing through peanut butter.
On second thought don’t blame yourselves entirely- internet memes make plenty fun out sedated turtledom now days!
-Jokes aside if sleepy side effects are unacceptable steer clear from first-generation antihistamines.
– Making sense of first vs. second gen
– Best sedating allergy medicine
– Location Matters – Allergy season variances across 50 states!
Best Sedating Allergy Medicine
Zyrtec, which is the brand name for Cetirizine, takes the win for best sedative out there; with it claiming to provide all day relief in just one dose! This baby has been known to work for up to thirty-six hours and deals with even the most stubborn of allergies. Its effect might cause drowsiness in users, so stick with a lower dosage if you don’t intend on becoming turtle yourself.
Do not attempt this pill before a presentation at work or lecture hall because believe me when I say “you will regret it.” (Yeah well… you could blame Covid but everyone knows about those zoom fatigue memes!!)
Is that all? Nope folks, we do have honorable mentions – prescription-strength medications that are perfect therapy options specially designed per individuals having unmanageably strong immune response against allergens
You should know though these bad mamajamas come along some side effects too.
Most often than not while experiencing seasonal changes you’d encounter dry mouth Drowsiness Blurred vision Dizziness constipation urinary retention & palpitation.(Couple of them may give way over time).
However If itching , if breathing difficulty accompany your allergic symptoms,you may require emergency hospitalisation regardless of any prior medication !
Let’s go non–sedating: Meet fexofenadine
Oh yes ladies and gentlemen pull up onto aisle two (or four) and let us talk about Fexofenadine commonly known as Allegra(it has almost nothing to do with Mozart btw). It comes packed heavily disguised as grape flavored gummies tablets allowing cats gulp down easily!(except they can’t lol)
A huge plus of Fexofenadine is its quick action time with some individuals reporting relief by the second hour!
I bet you couldn’t help yourselves from wondering about the possible side effects- similar to aforementioned medications; itching, dry mouth , drowsiness and stomach ache being amongst top traders.
Though I’m not prejudiced this choice does seem cater to those who don’t wish for a sedated response. Just like siblings sometimes we have favorite relatives here right? Personally my angel’s wings sandpaper their way out(creates friction at unexpected moments) with sleepy antihistamines but hey everyone goes through their allergy journey differently!
Can’t take pills? Here are easier-to-swallow options:
The Comfort holy grail – Nasal Sprays
Nasacort vs Flonase
Are there reasons why people enjoy it when their nostrils become an ultra-fast alcohol rub(god forbid),taking nasal sprays rewire your nose connection…minus any burns!
Your sinuses sure know how well they work too in drying up even moistest passing wind.
-Nasacort works along Mometasone furoate fighting against seasonal allergies 24 hours unlike tablets targeting eyes & noses both.
On other hand Flonase, comes as Glucocorticoid steroid spray reducing inflammation supporting breath improvement all day!
All in all we recommend using these bad boys for short term treatment plans since extended use comes along several potential after-effects (silently laying ground work for nasty mold forms)
Now let us get down on safety issues-
Do read instructions before usage avoiding any repetitive or unsolicited sprayings.Whoopsie that kinda sounds wrong allover
Talking about wrong kind of results snickers upon reading just one scary headline “!Florida man sprays colleague with disinfectant blaming Covid pandemic.”
Itching , burning off lining of your nose isn’t ideal bro(Let alone causing organ damage).So keep everything as directed for best action!
Now we’re done with nasal sprays…it’s time to deep dive into Saline Solutions:
Playboy magazine was great but so is saline ear flush – One of the Best Cleaning treatments out there
Ever hear someone describe their allergen troubles, followed by a reply, “just cleanse your nose already!?” Yeah I’m sure if it were that easy they wouldn’t go ahead to spread concerns!!
Well folks…turns out cleansing has been one of the most effective allergy treatments in history. Using an ear bulb or spray-clearing debris and excess mucus can be naturally soothing.
What else? It also reduces inflammation increasing air flow through sinuses thus proper breath rhythm intact(lifesaver).
Did my $0.2 cure all allergies right now? The answer remains no since we’re talking about sensitive human bodies here.
Choosing the right medicine depends on individual preferences & sensitivities alike when trying over-the-counter medications consult with pharmacists,or just hope your mother still stays a phone call away(helicopter moms love them some allergy updates)
 Allergy Statistics: https://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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