Ahhh-chooo! Oh, is it pollen season already? I know nose allergies when I see them!
It’s important to know the difference between constantly sneezing and nose allergies. Nose allergies are truly exasperating – itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing that doesn’t stop. But don’t worry! I’m here to help you make the symptoms stop, or at least help your poor nose get some relief.
What are Nose Allergies and what Causes them?
Nose allergies, also called allergic rhinitis, is a group of symptoms affecting the nose. Aside from all that sneezing and itching, nose allergies can also come with a runny nose, coughing, and stuffy nose (nasal congestion). Other symptoms include red and swollen eyes, headache and a sore throat. And all of that just because you breathed in some pollen!
Gaaah! Frustrating you might say! Well, pollen is the most common cause, but other tiny particles (called allergens) like dust and smoke, can also trigger this annoying allergic reaction.
What Medicines can I take to make them Stop?
Anti-histamines are the most common medications for nose allergies. They work by stopping your body’s reaction to the allergen. Diphenhydramine and chlorpheniramine are the most common of these medications. They are available as tablets or capsules and can easily be swallowed by adults.
You may also want to relieve the stuffy nose caused by these allergies. If so, your best bet would be to take phenylephrine or a similar drug . Another medication found to help with nose allergies is fluticasone. It’s available as a nasal spray and is very effective for allergic rhinitis and its annoying symptoms.
You can also opt for a product that contains a combination of the active ingredients above. In some cases, they can be more effective and convenient because they can target more symptoms than when taken alone. Check here to see which drug, dosage form and strength fits to your profile, preferences and symptom.
What Forms are Available?
These medications are available in various dosage forms. This way, you can choose the most suitable for you depending on your age and preferences. There are those available as tablets and capsules for adults to easily take. Additionally, if you’re looking for something for kids, there are liquid formulations and suspensions for easy swallowing. Plus, you can adjusted their dose based on the child’s age.
People who have difficulty swallowing, like the elderly, can opt for liquid medications as well. If you prefer not to take anything by mouth, nasal sprays may be a great option for most age groups.
Remember that there are some medications you shouldn’t take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Examples are decongestants like phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine . These have been linked to causing harm and even malformations in the fetus, especially when taken during the first trimester.
So there! I hope I’ve helped you figure out which medications you can take. Check here to see which products are recommended for you!