Spring Allergy Relief Can Be Hard to Find
Survey Shows Most Americans Have Limited Success From Common Treatments
Looking for Allergy Relief continued...
The average number of allergy medicines used by the participants was three;
26% of respondents said they took five or more medications to treat their
Nearly two-thirds who used prescription or over-the-counter medicines
reported at least one side effect, such as drowsiness and dry mouth. Side
effect frequency was similar among the two groups -- 64% of those using
over-the counter medications and 65% of those taking prescription medication
experienced side effects.
Those who had discussed their seasonal allergies with a doctor were much
more likely to have taken a prescription allergy medication (84% vs. 48%). They
were also more likely to have found a highly satisfactory prescription
medication or avoidance measure to relieve their allergy symptoms.
The most popular prescription medications mentioned in the survey were
steroid nasal sprays, such as Flonase and Nasonex, and the
The over-the-counter allergy medications taken most often by people with
spring allergies were the antihistamines Benadryl Allergy, Claritin, and
Zyrtec, and the decongestant Sudafed.