Tips from Your Pharmacist: Deal With Allergy Season Better This Year

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Few things are quite as annoying as seasonal allergies. If you are an allergy sufferer, you know what it’s like to deal with the constant sneezing, itchy eyes, dry cough, and sinus pressure. Day after day, the symptoms persist, and over-the-counter medications sometimes only offer a bit of relief. Here are a few tips from your local pharmacist to help you get through allergy season a little better this year.

Millions of people rely on over-the-counter antihistamines for fast relief. If you have been a long-term user of the so-called first generation allergy medications, like Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, it’s time to consider moving to a newer kind of antihistamine. In addition to well-known side effects like drowsiness, confusion, and urinary retention, a new study shows that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are more common among people who frequently use first generation antihistamines.

Second generation antihistamines like Zyrtec and Claritin are less likely to cause drowsiness, confusion, or urinary retention. They work just as well as the older antihistamines, with far less increased risk of memory loss down the road.

A more natural way to alleviate allergy symptoms just calls for saline solution. Use it to flush out your eyes – you might be surprised at how much gunk is in your eyes, causing irritation all day long. Using a neti pot full of saline solution can be a great way to clear mucous and allergens out of your sinuses and nasal passages.

In addition to these tips, be sure to dust and vacuum your home often to prevent allergens like dust, dander, and pollen from accumulating inside. Wash your bedding weekly to get rid of dust mites and dead skin that build up each time you go to sleep. And don’t forget to replace your air conditioner’s air filters once a month. You might be surprised at how fast the dust can clog those filters up.

Melrose Pharmacy carries over-the-counter allergy medicine, as well as homeopathic remedies and supplements. And if you have a prescription for antihistamines, you know we can fill those for you as well. Come by the pharmacy today – our pharmacist will be happy to answer all of your questions about how to feel healthier this allergy season.

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