If you have ever suffered with upper respiratory allergies, you know how miserable they can make you feel. As bad as allergies can be, there is some good news on the horizon. Allergies tend to have many of the same symptoms as the common cold. The difference, however, is that medications can bring allergy symptoms to nearly immediate ends. The top medications for the control of allergy symptoms include Allegra, Claritin and Flonase. Distinguishing the difference between the common cold and upper respiratory allergies is very important, as the sooner you can make a determination as to what your issue actually is, you can get the right medications to treat your condition. Read on for more information about the symptoms of allergies and the medications you can use to treat them.
Allergies manifest when your immune system has a negative reaction to a substance. It is important to note that allergy symptoms are not the same for everyone, as everyone has their own set of triggers and reactions to specific allergens. Once you have been exposed to your triggers, your immune system will release histamines to ward off what your body perceives as intrusive substances. While your body is working to fight off perceived intruders, the release of histamines is actually what causes your allergy symptoms. This is why you end up with symptoms like, coughing, sneezing, a sore throat, a runny nose and congestion.
Treatments are available for allergies. Generally, antihistamines like Allegra are the first line of treatment to calm down the histamines released by your body. Antihistamines block the histamine reaction to the allergens you come into contact with, and as a result help to reduce your symptoms. Antihistamines are known to make most people drowsy, so use caution if you're not going to be at home after taking this medication. Since Allegra is only taken once every 24 hours, you may want to consider taking it at bedtime. Non-drowsy allergy medication contains stimulants that can help to avoid drowsiness.
If you experience congestion or sinus drainage from allergies, your physician may recommend you try an over-the-counter or prescription decongestant such as Claritin-D. Decongestants work to dry up your sinuses and loosen up congestion. The prolonged use of decongestants can exacerbate your condition so never take them longer than what the directions call for unless you consult your physician first.
Steroidal nasal sprays like Flonase can also be used to treat your allergy symptoms. Flonase can be purchased over the counter and is generally taken twice daily. The best way to reduce allergy symptoms is to try to stay away from the things you know you have reactions to. It should be noted that you can actually have an allergic reaction to things you have been around for years. It should also be noted that if you know you are allergic to things like pollen and mold, you should wear a mask, or something to protect nasal passages form the irritants. You may also want to consider ways of protecting your eyes as well, as eye allergies are quite common and can cause itching, burning and redness.