Sneezing. Itchy, watery eyes. Nasal congestion. Sinus pressure.
It may sound like the worst cold ever, but if you are one of the millions of Americans living with allergies, you know these symptoms can last for weeks, months or even year-round.
Sure, there are simple tasks a person can do to lessen their allergic symptoms. For example, washing your hair before you go to bed to rinse the allergens out of it may be helpful.
Severe allergy sufferers are sure to keep their house super-clean, not a speck of dust in sight.
However, the only real way to prevent or stop an allergy attack, is by taking medicine, Dr. Cascya Charlot of The Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn, N.Y., told.
But with all the medicines advertised on television and in magazines, how do you know which one does what?
This class of drugs is broken down into two groups: a first-generation and a second-generation.
The first-generation of drugs are histamine-receptor blockers, and can usually be bought over-the-counter (for example, Benadryl).
Histamine receptors are located all over the body – on your skin, in your nose, in the airways – basically anywhere you can have allergic symptoms, Charlot said.
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