Allergy season has arrived. Here’s a breakdown of common medications that can alleviate your allergy symptoms.
While spring ushers in warmer and longer days, it can also signal the onset of allergy symptoms caused by increased pollen levels. According to the CDC, 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies each year. If you or your family members are affected by allergies, (whether they’re seasonal or year-round), read this breakdown of common medications that can alleviate symptoms like runny nose and watery eyes.
Antihistamines are used to relieve allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, itching eyes/nose, sneezing, hives and itching. These medications work by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction.
Nasal corticosteroids block the effects of substances that cause allergies (such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, mold) and reduce swelling.
Oral and nasal decongestants (sympathomimetic) work by narrowing the blood vessels to decrease swelling and congestion.
Leukotriene Modifiers (Singulair®)
Leukotriene modifiers work by blocking certain natural substances (leukotrienes) that may cause or worsen asthma and allergies. They make breathing easier by reducing swelling (inflammation) in the airways.