Pollen and Allergy Relief
Here's some allergy relief.
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In the body, histamines are chemicals that can cause swelling, sneezing,
itching and a runny drippy nose or postnasal drip (mucus down the back of your
throat). Antihistamines (allergy relief medicines) are effective in
treating some of the allergy symptoms caused by histamines.
Berger tells WebMD that the goal is to prevent allergy symptoms from
occurring. "Taking allergy medicines (antihistamines) regularly blocks the
histamine receptors -- the tissues that cause swelling. Histamine works by
attaching itself to these receptors on the surface of cells. If you block the
site where histamine works by pre-treating with allergy medicines, you prevent
the allergic reaction and the allergy symptoms."
To make his point, Berger uses an analogy: "What if someone takes your
seat? Then you can no longer take that seat. It's now unavailable."
The same concept works with allergy medicine, says Berger. "If you take
the allergy medicine, it blocks the site so histamine cannot be released. If
you take allergy medicines regularly, you continue to block the site and
control allergy symptoms."
Berger tells WebMD that taking antihistamines will not quickly stop today's
stuffy nose or sneezing from allergies. Nor will these allergy medicines
reverse existing allergy symptoms. Antihistamines prevent future allergy
symptoms, says Berger.
Berger also recommends trying nasal corticosteroids, the first-line allergy
relief medicines, two weeks before pollen season begins to keep symptoms at
According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, the best
allergy medications work by inhibiting the immune system's release of chemicals
(IgE) that can trigger allergic reactions. As Berger suggests, if allergy
medicines are taken before you are exposed to pollen, they can help to
stabilize your immune system before you experience the miserable allergy
Recommended treatment for pollen allergies includes: over-the-counter and
prescription antihistamines such as Allegra, Benadryl, or Clarinex;
decongestants like Sudafed; nasal steroids like Beconase, Flonase, or Veramyst;
and drugs that combine antihistamines and decongestants like Allegra-D,
Claritin-D, or Zyrtec-D. Allergy shots or immunotherapy are also a viable
option for allergy relief for pollen allergies.