If you suffer from allergies, then you probably already know that taking allergy medication can sometimes cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and other unpleasant side effects. If you’re suffering from a runny nose, sneezing fits or sinus problems, then you may not realize that these symptoms could actually be caused by something else entirely. For instance, you might think that your runny nose is caused by dust particles floating through the air, but it could actually be triggered by something far worse.
One thing that can trigger a runny nose is pollen. Pollen is tiny bits of plant material that float through the air. It gets into your body through your mouth and eyes and causes allergic reactions. This is called hay fever. Hay fever affects millions of people worldwide and can lead to severe health issues such as asthma attacks and sinus infections.
While there isn’t anything you can do to prevent hay fever, there are ways to treat it once it starts. Some medications work well for treating hay fever while others can worsen the problem. Our buyers guide explains the difference between the two options so that you can figure out which works best for you.
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Congestion occurs when your mucous membranes swell due to inflammation. These swollen tissues block airflow through your nostrils, causing a stuffy feeling.
Your doctor will likely prescribe medication for congestion. Your pharmacist can recommend products based on your symptoms.
No, congestion generally lasts no longer than two to three days. If you have chronic congestion, however, you may experience more frequent episodes of congestion.
In addition to congestion, you may have a respiratory tract infection. Consult your doctor about this possibility.
Some OTC drugs contain ingredients that trigger allergies. Talk to your doctor about whether you're at risk for allergy reactions.
Children's throats often get irritated during colds. They don't spread germs like adults do. Still, make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids and gets plenty of rest.
Follow all instructions carefully. Read all product labels. Keep all appointments with your healthcare provider.
Bring enough medicine to last until you return home. Don't share leftover medicine with anyone else.
Medicine for congestion isn't safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Ask your doctor before using this drug.
Avoid alcohol, aspirin, caffeine, cigarettes, mint, and other cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Avoid eating grapefruit, drinking large amounts of water, and driving until you feel better.
Herbal teas and herbal supplements aren't regulated by the U. S. Food & Drug Administration. Check with your doctor before using herbs.