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Allergy Relief: Getting Familiar With Allergy Medicines

Which allergy medicines are best for your needs?
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If you're tired of suffering with nasal allergies and need ongoing allergy relief, maybe it's time to review the different allergy medicines available and find the best ones for your allergy symptoms.

Allergic rhinitis (allergies) affects up to 40% of children and 10% to 30% of adults in the United States today.

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While some allergy sufferers experience an occasional sniffle, sneeze, or runny nose, allergies can cause miserable and sometimes serious symptoms such as fatigue, headache, itchy eyes, and even asthma symptoms.

When these symptoms continue for weeks without any allergy relief, they can result in missed time from work or school, lower productivity, and even health problems like sinus infections and sinus pain.

Is it any wonder that nasal allergies, particularly at night, can keep you from feeling your best and being productive?

Why do you get allergies?

If you want to place any blame, go ahead and put it on your parents. It's true.  Allergies are a genetic disease, says William E. Berger, MD, MBA, professor of medicine at the University of California, and the sneezing, itching, and nasal congestion run in families. When one parent has allergies about 25% of the time a child will develop allergies, also. When both parents have allergies, there's at least a 50% chance that their children will have allergies.

You can also blame your miserable allergy symptoms on histamines, the chemicals in the body that cause swelling of the mucosal membranes and increased mucus production.

Histamines are released quickly in response to contact with an allergen (the substance you're allergic to). Once the histamines get released, they do their damage big time and result in a host of allergy symptoms (ongoing sneezing, weepy eyes, itchy nose, and nasal stuffiness).

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