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Spring Season Can Be Allergy Season

Kelley-Ross Pharmacy GroupBlogSpring Season Can Be Allergy Season
28
Mar
2017
28.03.2017

Spring means flower buds and blooming trees — and if you’re one of the millions of people who have seasonal

allergies, it also means sneezing, congestion, a runny nose and other bothersome symptoms. If you sneeze and cough, or your nose and eyes itch and are runny during certain times of the year, you may have seasonal allergies. Grass, pollen and mold are the most common triggers of seasonal allergies.

Several types of nonprescription medications can help ease allergy symptoms. They include:

  • Oral antihistamines.Antihistamines can help relieve sneezing, itching, a runny nose and watery eyes. Examples of oral antihistamines include loratadine (Claritin, Alavert), cetirizine (Zyrtec Allergy) and fexofenadine (Allegra Allergy).
  • Oral decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Afrinol, others) can provide temporary relief from nasal stuffiness. Decongestants also come in nasal sprays, such as oxymetazoline (Afrin) and phenylephrine (Neo-Synephrine). Only use nasal decongestants for a few days in a row. Longer-term use of decongestant nasal sprays can actually worsen symptoms (rebound congestion).
  • Nasal sprays such as Nasacort, Flonase , NasalCrom and Rhinocort can ease allergy symptoms i.e. nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy nose and sneezing.
  • Combination medications. Some allergy medications combine an antihistamine with a decongestant. Examples include loratadine-pseudoephedrine (Claritin-D) and fexofenadine-pseudoephedrine (Allegra-D).

Some over the counter medications can interact with your prescription medications, so always be sure to check with your physician or pharmacist to ensure safe and effective treatment.

As always, your Union Center Pharmacists are happy to answer your questions and provide guidance!

Happy Spring!

Michele Vercella, RPh, Union Center Pharmacy

Kelley-Ross is an independently owned corporation operating 4 pharmacies in Seattle. Kelley-Ross provides a wide range of pharmacy services, including prescription dispensing, compounding, medi-set packaging, compliance packaging, long-term care facility services, consultant pharmacist services, immunizations and a variety of health screenings.

We provide Clinical Community Care. This means that our staff combines expert medication therapy management and clinical skills, with caring, patient centered pharmacy services. By using the triad approach – patient, provider and pharmacist – we can help patients maximize their healthcare resources while achieving optimal health outcomes.

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