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Plan An Assault on Your Dallas Allergies

Itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose and an excessive use of tissues. It’s allergy season in North Texas.  Do you have a game plan?  Dallas allergies can cause serious irritation.  Ragweed, mold and tree pollen are common issues for local allergy suffers.

There are many over the counter medications that will help relieve the symptoms of allergy. But do you know how they differ? Here’s a breakdown of the most common types of medications used for allergy relief:

Allergy Medications From the Pharmacy & Physician

Antihistamines

Medication Type: Over the Counter & Prescription
Common Brand Names: Allegra, Benadryl, Clarinex and Asteline

Antihistamines have been used for years to treat allergy symptoms. They can be taken as pills, liquid, nasal spray, or eye drops. Over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamine eye drops can relieve red itchy eyes, while nasal sprays can be used to treat the symptoms of seasonal or year-round allergies.

Decongestants

Medication Type: Over the Counter & Prescription
Common Brand Names: Sudafed, Afrin, Allegra-D and Zyrtec-D

Decongestants relieve congestion and are often prescribed along with antihistamines for allergies. They can come in nasal spray, eye drop, liquid, or pill form.

Bronchodilators

Medication Type: Prescription
Common Brand Names: Ventoline, Proventil or Xopenex

Bronchodilators are inhaled drugs usually used to control asthma.  Your doctor may prescribe a long acting bronchodilator to provide up to 12 hours of relief. If your allergies cause asthma like symptoms, bronchodilator may be the right choice to treat your allergies.

Natural Remedies for Allergies, Some Right From Your Kitchen!

If you’re looking for a natural remedy to sooth your allergies, try some of these options:

Neti Pot and Saline Rinse

A Neti Pot is like a supercharged version of nasal spray without the mediation.  The basic theory is that you use the Neti Pot filled with sterile saline solution to flush out the sinuses.  This helps clear our allergens and mucus build up in the sinus cavity.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an age old remedy toted to treat a variety of medical conditions, including allergy relief.  Apple Cider Vinegar reduces mucous production and cleanses the lymphatic system, which can help relieve common allergy symptoms.

Nettle Lead

Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine that can be effective at blocking the body’s ability to product.  Nettle leaf is available as a capsule and dried leaves can be used to make a tincture or tea.

Most allergy sufferers will deal with these symptoms again and again, each season.  Work with your physician to create a plan that helps you prevent and treat allergy symptoms so you’re prepared for future allergy attacks.

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