The Misery of Seasonal Allergies
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The Misery of Seasonal Allergies:
Ah, springtime. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and millions of Americans are sneezing. And coughing. And sniffling.
35 million Americans suffer from seasonal hay fever each year
The allergic reaction:
Pollen is the most common culprit for triggering spring-time allergies. Trees, grasses and weeds release fine yellow particles into the air for the purpose of fertilizing other plants. Allergic reactions are caused by inhaling these particles. Sneezing, coughing and watery eyes are the body's knee-jerk reaction to the presence of allergens.
What causes an allergic reaction?
Symptoms of spring allergies include:
Seasonal allergy treatment:
Treat your allergies either over-the-counter or with a prescription. Treatments come in many forms, including pills, liquids, inhalers, nasal sprays, eye drops, skin creams and injections.
Corticosteroids: Flonase, Nasonex, Omnaris, Rhinsocort Aqua
Corticosteroids help prevent the release of chemicals that cause allergic reaction symptoms.
Antihistamines: Claritin, Zyrtec, Clarinex, Allegra
Antihistamines block histamine, a symptom-causing chemical released by the immune system
Decongestants: Claritin-D, Sudafed, Afrin, Neo-synephrine
Decongestants provide quick, temporary relief of nasal and sinus congestion
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