Do you suffer from frequent sneezing, congestion, watery eyes, and an itchy,
runny nose? If so, you may have seasonal allergic rhinitis, often called hay
fever. It strikes when pollen starts to fly.
About 18 million U.S. adults and more than 7 million children suffer from
hay fever, according to the CDC. Fortunately, there are steps people with
allergies can take to avoid pollen and the misery that accompanies it, says
Andy W. Nish, MD, of the Allergy & Asthma Care Center in Gainesvill...
Don't take decongestants unless your doctor tells you otherwise. They may increase blood pressure. They also may keep some high blood pressure drugs from working the way they should.
Watch out for combination medications for allergies that include decongestant ingredients. That includes allergy drugs as well as many remedies for cold, flu, and sinus problems. A pharmacist can check the ingredients for you.
American Heart Association: "Over-the-Counter Medications."
Harvard Medical School: "Don't Let Decongestants Squeeze Your Heart."
UpToDate: "Definition, risk factors, and evaluation of resistant hypertension," "Diphenhydramine."