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How can I treat allergy symptoms?

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  • For mild allergy symptoms, such as hay fever or hives, give an over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamine.
  • For stuffy nose, give an OTC decongestant.
  • For itchy, watery eyes, use OTC allergy eye drops.
  • For itchy allergic rash, apply cold compresses and an OTC hydrocortisone cream.

From: Allergic Reaction Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "AAAAI Allergy and Asthma Drug Guide."

Cleveland Clinic: "Over the Counter: Choosing the Right Allergy Medications."

KidsHealth: "Serious Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)."

Family Doctor: "Anaphylaxis."

Family Doctor: "Allergies: Things You Can Do to Control Your Symptoms."

eMedicineHealth: "Allergic Reaction."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 12, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "AAAAI Allergy and Asthma Drug Guide."

Cleveland Clinic: "Over the Counter: Choosing the Right Allergy Medications."

KidsHealth: "Serious Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)."

Family Doctor: "Anaphylaxis."

Family Doctor: "Allergies: Things You Can Do to Control Your Symptoms."

eMedicineHealth: "Allergic Reaction."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 12, 2017

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