The long winter is over, and the sun is starting to shine more. Flowers are beginning to bloom, and you’re feeling more upbeat, except here come those pesky allergies once again to rain on your parade.
Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, has affected 19.2 million Americans in the past 12 months, which is about 7.7% of the population, so you’re definitely not alone.
Thankfully, there are several medicines that will help you combat seasonal allergies and let you go about your day in peace.
Seasonal allergies typically occur between January and May but can also take effect early in the summer. They’re usually caused by pollen, grass and other environmental spores.
Allergy medication is designed to alleviate specific symptoms. So, if you’re feeling itchy with watery eyes, there’s an allergy medicine geared toward easing those symptoms. If you have other symptoms, like a stuffy nose, there’s an allergy medicine specially made for alleviating that.
Most allergy medicine is available on store shelves or over the counter (OTC) and alleviates symptoms quickly.
The best allergy medications
The allergy medicine aisle at your local supermarket can be a bit overwhelming. There are dozens of allergy medicine brands and even more products aimed at alleviating specific symptoms.
There are four main types of allergy medications: antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays and eye drops.
Antihistamines and decongestants are the most common for the usual hay fever symptoms like sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes. Nasal sprays are more powerful and focus on alleviating sinus discomfort, while eye drops are used primarily to treat itchy, burning or irritated eyes.
Here’s a look at the best allergy medicines available today:
Similasan Allergy Eye Relief
HealthCareAisle Eye Allergy Itch Relief
Claritin 24 Hour Allergy Medicine, Non-Drowsy
GoodSense All Day Allergy
Allegra Adult Non-Drowsy
ValuMeds Nasal Decongestant PE
GoodSense Nasal Decongestant PE
Advil Allergy & Congestion Relief
Everyone knows Advil as a reliable medicine brand, and they once again deliver with a powerful tablet for combating the most brutal allergy symptoms. The tablet packs 10mg phenylephrine HCI for nasal decongestion and 200mg ibuprofen for pain relief. It’s one of the best medications available for tackling multiple allergy and cold symptoms.
InstaClear Extra Strength Nasal Strips
Vicks Sinex Severe Original Ultra Fine Mist
Nasacort Allergy Non-Drip Nasal Spray
Kirkland Signature Aller-Flo Nasal Spray
Kevin Luna is a writer for BestReviews, a product-review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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