Find relief during allergy season

Pharmacist puts medication in bag while speaking with patient

As spring blooms and pollen fills the air, some of us find ourselves battling seasonal allergies. Here’s a guide from the University Health Center Pharmacy on how to find relief from the sneezing, itching, and congestion with over the counter (OTC) options:

  1. Antihistamines: These work by blocking the action of histamine, the chemical responsible for allergy symptoms. Popular options include cetirizine (Zyrtec®), loratadine (Claritin®), and fexofenadine (Allegra®). These medications are available in various forms, including pills, liquids and dissolvable tablets.
  1. Decongestants: For nasal congestion, decongestants can provide quick relief by narrowing blood vessels in the nasal passages. Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed®) and phenylephrine are common decongestant ingredients.
  1. Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays like fluticasone (Flonase) and triamcinolone (Nasacort®) reduce inflammation in the nasal passages, providing long-term relief without the side effects associated with oral decongestants.
  1. Eye drops: Allergy-related eye symptoms such as itching, redness, and watering can be alleviated with antihistamine eye drops like naphazoline (Clear Eyes®). These provide fast relief and can soothe irritated eyes caused by allergens.

Beyond just purchasing OTC medications, the University Health Center Pharmacy can provide personalized recommendations, discuss potential interactions with other medications and offer advice on managing allergy symptoms effectively. Next time allergies strike, head to the University Health Center Pharmacy for the relief you need.