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What you need to know about allergy medications

Posted Mar 6th, 2012 by Patient Assistance Team

Seasonal allergies are a very common condition affecting millions of Americans, particularly in the spring and summer months. Before allergy medications became so easily accessible, most seasonal allergy sufferers just had to deal with their constant runny nose and watery nose. But while allergy medications are for the most part safe and effective for controlling allergy symptoms, just like with any medication, it is important to understand a bit more about these drugs.

According to the Mayo Clinic, allergy medications are available as pills, liquids, inhalers, nasal sprays, eyedrops, skin creams and shots (injections). Some allergy medications are available over-the-counter, while others are available by prescription only. Allergy drugs include antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids and combination medication, along with others.

Even though most seasonal allergy sufferers take their medication at the onset of their symptoms, more and more physicians are encouraging individuals to take their medication just as the season begins. This is in an effort to prevent conditions from occurring or to reduce the severity of the symptoms.

Since there are so many allergy medications available today, speak with your medical doctor about your allergies so that he or she can prescribe the safest and most effective treatment for you.