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Allergy Treatments Reviewed

Saturday, July 12, 2014 08:45

 What Treatment Works? What does Not?

 

Consumer Health Reports has reviewed over 100 of the top selling treatments for Allergy conditions and based the products on these important criterias: Effectiveness, Value, Quality, Safety, Reorder Rates, Customer Service

Consumer Health Reports has conducted research on many of the different Allergy treatments online and over-the-counter. Below is an overview based on the results of this research. Of the 100 Allergy treatments, we found only 3 products that are effective and would recommend. We have taken the confusion out of the shopping experience by narrowing your search to the elite products in the industry. Here is our researched list of products:

 

Top 3 Allergy Treatments

 
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Allegra (http://www.allegra.com/) is a prescription allergy medication. The active ingredient is an antihistamine called fexofenadine. Allegra is used to treat the common symptoms of allergies such as coughing, watery eyes and sneezing. It is also effective against hives.

Allegra is an oral medication. Your doctor will instruct you on when and how often to take your pills. You should never take Allegra with grapefruit, apple or orange juice, as these juices decrease the absorption of the medicine. Antacids can also decrease the absorption of Allegra, so avoid taking antacids within two hours of taking Allegra.

Allegra has some possible side effects that you should be aware of. These include stomach cramps, back pain, fever and cough among others. If you experience any unusual symptoms after taking Allegra, be sure to tell your doctor right away. It is also possible, though rare, to experience an allergic reaction to Allegra. If you develop swelling of the face or tongue, trouble breathing or any other sign of allergic reaction, call paramedics right away.

Allegra can interact with other medications, both prescription and over the counter. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any other medicines. Additionally, Allegra should not be taken by anyone with certain medical conditions. Make sure that your doctor is aware of your entire medical history, including conditions that may have been treated by other doctors.

Allegra is safe and effective for many allergy sufferers. However, only your doctor can decide whether it is the right medication for you. Never take Allegra or any other medication that has been prescribed for someone else.

 
Benadryl  

Benadryl (www.benadryl.com) is a popular manufacturer of allergy medications. The active ingredient in basic Benadryl products is diphenhydramine, a mild antihistamine. The medication is available in several formulations including pills, capsules and quick-dissolve strips.

Benadryl is available over the counter and is generally used to fight runny nose, cough, sneezing, watery eyes and other common symptoms of allergies. Although it is not the medication’s main purpose, it is sometimes used to ease motion sickness and help the user fall asleep.

Benadryl is widely considered to be safe for most users, and is available in both adult and children’s doses. However, Benadryl can cause drowsiness or light-headedness, so caution should be used when driving or operating heavy machinery. It is generally best to take Benadryl 30 minutes before bedtime. Because of Benadryl’s sedative properties, it should not be used in conjunction with tranquilizers or other sedatives, nor should it be used alongside alcohol.

Although Benadryl is safe and effective for most users, each person is different. Before choosing Benadryl, it is important to consult with your physician. Your doctor will go through your entire medical history and let you know if Benadryl is a safe choice for you.

Benadryl also manufactures combination products that are designed to fight colds and headaches as well as allergies. These products contain additional active ingredients such as acetaminophen (Tylenol). It is important to carefully read the label and consult with your doctor or pharmacist to ensure that none of the additional ingredients will worsen a pre-existing condition or interact with another medication.

 
Breathe Right Saline Nasal Spray  

Breathe Right Saline Nasal Spray (http://www.breatheright.com) is a highly recommended natural remedy for mild symptoms of hay fever allergies. The spray is a gentle blend of salt and water, designed to mimic the natural balance of salt and water in the body.

When you have allergy symptoms, your nasal passages tend to become painfully inflamed and blocked. Saline nasal spray can help to soften your nasal secretions, loosening them and making it easier to blow your nose. Additionally, a gentle saline spray can soothe the irritation and lessen the inflammation.

Saline nasal sprays have been shown to be effective in clearing the sinus passages of allergen-inducing pollen and irritants. Many allergy sufferers find that they can prevent or minimize attacks of hay fever by using a saline spray after exposure to pollens as well as every night at bedtime.

Saline sprays that contain no added ingredients, such as the one manufactured by Breathe Right, are believed to be safe for both adults and children. The ingredients are salt and water, both of which are found naturally in your sinus passages. Nonetheless, it is always wise to check with your doctor before using a saline spray, particularly if you are prescribed nasal steroids or other inhaled medications.

Some researchers doubt the efficacy of nasal saline sprays, while others worry about possible rebound effects from using sprays too frequently. It is also possible that the use of saline sprays could mask the symptoms of a more serious disease. Therefore, if you have symptoms of allergies, it is best to talk to your doctor before attempting any home treatment.

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