Posted: May 2022 | Last medically reviewed on April 2022
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DID YOU KNOW?! Histamines are the chemicals that your body releases to help fight the irritation of allergens, but histamines can also cause allergy symptoms. For example, your body releases histamines to fight the pollen inhaled through your nose, but also can cause a runny nose.
Pre-Treat Before Symptoms Start
The best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid allergy triggers altogether, but this is not always possible. Many physicians recommend people with allergies pre-treat their symptoms by beginning their allergy medication, such as an antihistamine or nasal steroid spray, before the pollen counts are high, or before visiting a relative with pets that cause allergy symptoms.
Pre-treating with an allergy medicine can help to block the allergic process before it starts; hence eliminating symptoms.
Treat During Allergy Season
Over-the-Counter Relief: Managing your allergies means recognizing your symptoms and taking the correct medication before and throughout the allergy season. But with so many allergy medications available, choosing the right one can be confusing.
DID YOU KNOW? The D listed after a brand name means the product contains a decongestant ingredient. And the A listed after a brand name means the product is designed to treat allergies.
Some products are single agent formulations, while others contain multiple ingredients. When selecting a product, always review the label to make sure you are not “doubling up” on an ingredient and to determine if the medication is appropriate for you. OTC medications can interact with other medications and/or medical conditions. Please consult with your physician before adding any medication to your current drug therapy.
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