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Allergy Medications As A Prophylactic

Pre-empting or anticipatory action by taking medication before you're exposed to allergens helps reduce allergy symptoms before they strike.

It is also important to be aware of what triggers your allergies to pre-empt the symptoms before they strike. The medication has to be appropriate.

In most cases of allergy, over-the-counter medications can be used as needed and will work better if taken as a prophylactic.

Prescription or over-the-counter medications can control most allergy symptoms. Depending on the symptoms, antihistamines, decongestants and nasal sprays, alone or in combination, often provide relief.

One should be aware that unlike many over-the-counter versions, there are many new prescription antihistamines that effectively block watery eyes and sneezing without producing drowsiness.

Generally, non-prescription allergy medications address symptoms only. Eye drops, for example, soothe mild itching and tearing but will not block a true allergic reaction. Decongestants help shrink swollen membranes of the eyes and nose, allowing sinuses to drain, but can also act as a stimulant. Nasal sprays clear blocked sinuses, but should only be used for a few days.

A report cautions about using combination medications that contain aspirin. In about 10 percent of people with respiratory allergies, aspirin actually worsened their condition.

Choices of cold and allergy medications are often confusing. Cold symptoms may be similar to allergy symptoms. It may be difficult for you to choose the right medication.

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