Spring is here and with its beauty comes budding trees, greening grass, blooming flowers — and allergies.
Each year, millions of Americans suffer from hay fever and sinus symptoms caused by outdoor pollen and molds spores. About 23%-30% of the US population has the genetic ability to make allergic immune reactions to airborne POLLEN or MOLD allergens. Normal people, who do not have this genetic predisposition, will not experience any allergy symptoms when inhaling airborne pollen and mold materials.
2 BIG MYTHS -
Allergy Myth: Cold Medications Help
Cold medications are for a cold. If you have an allergy, you need to take an allergy medication such as an antihistamine or nasal spray. You can't take regular eye drops and expect them to help with the itchy eyes caused by your allergies. They won't.
Allergy Myth: Air Purifiers Help
They are great to clean the air, even removing airborne fur if you are allergic to your pet. But they're just not great at removing pollen from the home.
CNN HEALTH reports - A variety of antihistamines are available over the counter. A recent survey by the American Pharmacists Association of 1,000 pharmacists found that for adult antihistamines, 32 percent of recommendations in a week were for Claritin, 28 percent were for Zyrtec and 25 percent were for Benadryl. For multisymptom allergy and hay fever products, 35 percent of recommendations in a week were for Claritin-D, 26 percent were for Zyrtec-D and 10 percent were for Actifed Cold & Allergy.
If over the counter remedies provide no relief, you should consult your health care provider.