August 2, 2012

4 Unique Allergy Control Products

Filed under: allergic reaction,allergy,allergy symptoms — drwatson @ 12:30 pm

Allergy symptoms can be uncomfortable enough to stop you in your tracks and ruin an otherwise good day. If you are looking to find out how to control allergies, then look no more.

Here are 4 completely different allergy control products, available over the counter, that are not only convenient but effective, too.

Benadryl

The most commonly known and used over the counter allergy control product is the antihistamine Benadryl.

When histamine is released from the body, symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, itchy skin and sneezing can be produced. Benadryl works by blocking the HL Receptors from releasing histamine which will provide relief from your symptoms. Plus, you can use Benadryl preventatively to avoid experiencing allergy symptoms.

While Benadryl is typically safe for most, there are certain people who should not use it.

Since antihistamines also double as sedatives, taking Benadryl can cause drowsiness. It should be avoided if you need to remain alert.

Children under 2, pregnant women and people with breathing conditions such as asthma and bronchitis should not take Benadryl.

In addition, if you are on any other medications, you should consult your doctor before taking Benadryl. This medication should not be used if you are allergic to diphenhydramine.

NasalCrom

This medicated nose spray was once prescription but is now available over the counter. It is best used preventively before you encounter any allergens and can be used on a daily basis.

Using a nasal applicator, squirt NasalCrom in each nostril, typically 3-6 sprays a day, to keep allergy symptoms at bay with an anti-inflammatory agent called cromolyn sodium. This prevents allergy-causing substances from being released into your nasal passage.

Nose sprays are beneficial for people whose main allergy symptoms include nasal congestion or runny nose.

Do not use NasalCrom if you have an allergy to cromolyn sodium. Consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications, are pregnant or if you plan on giving NasalCrom to a small child.

Cortaid

If you suffer from topical symptoms, then the best allergy control product for you will contain Cortaid. Anti-itch creams, with the active ingredient of 1% hydrocortisone, work by reducing chemicals that produce inflammation, redness and even swelling of the skin.

Do not apply on an open wound or an area of infected skin.  You should not use if you have an allergy to corticosteroids. Consult a doctor before use if you have allergies to any other medications or are currently taking another medication.

Visine

Because irritants can cause the blood vessels in your eyes to swell, you can experience red, itchy, dry or watery eyes. Visine, which is a liquid medicine, causes your eye’s blood vessels to constrict, thus alleviating your symptoms and reducing the bloodshot appearance.

If you mostly suffer from eye allergy symptoms, then this is a great treatment for you. Do not use if you are allergic to Tetrahydrozoline. Consult a doctor first if you are pregnant, have eye disease, an eye infection or are taking any other medications.

Whether you suffer from itchy skin, a runny nose, watery eyes or a combination of symptoms, one of these four allergy control products should help you find some relief from the discomfort of your allergies.

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