Allergy MedicationsTuesday, April 10, 2012
Many effective allergy medications are on the market today. Some are prescription and others can be purchased over-the-counter. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the different types of allergy medications in todays 60 Second Housecall.
If you suffer from allergies, relief may be as close as your medicine chest.
Antihistamines block histamine, the substance produced by the body during an allergic reaction. If an antihistamine makes you drowsy or loses its effectiveness, switch to another type.
Decongestant tablets or nose drops relieve nasal and sinus congestion by constricting blood vessels. Limit use of decongestants to a few days. Nasal sprays can be habit forming and difficult to discontinue. Oral decongestants raise blood pressure, so avoid them if you have high blood pressure or heart problems.
Bronchodilators are inhaled directly into the lungs to open the air passages and provide immediate relief from coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
If your doctor gives you a prescription medication, be sure he or she is aware of any over-the-counter medications that you are using. This is important to avoid any adverse interactions. Intelligent use of these treatments may ease your allergy suffering.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.