Allergies

Over The Counter Allergy Medicine

Generally, most people suffer from mild discomfort if they come in contact with some substances to which they’re allergic. For example, some foods, certain materials, flowers, grass, etc. Only some people have chronic allergies and they need treatment for those. Hence, you can choose over the counter allergy medicines if the symptoms are not very strong. Actually, there are end number of allergies in the world and many a times, people are not aware about their allergy. Following are some common allergy symptoms.

Common Allergy Symptoms:

Some symptoms like pulmonary hemorrhage, rectal bleeding, breathing difficulty, etc are serious and you must seek physician’s advise. Other symptoms like reddened eyes, sneezing, sore throat, skin rash, flatulence, diarrhea, headaches, indigestion, etc can be cured with certain over the counter allergy medicine. Following are some of the allergy symptoms:

  • Itching and burning eyes
  • Pain in eyes
  • Peeling of skin
  • Dry skin
  • Joint pain
  • Asthma
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Irritability
  • Swollen mouth
  • Irregular and bad stools
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Thrush on tongue
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic bouts of coughing
  • Heartburn
  • Sore throat
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Eczema
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Headaches
  • Nasal congestion
  • Wheezing
  • Anemia
  • Pulmonary hemorrhage
  • Nausea and diarrhea
  • Memory loss
  • Chest blockage
  • Dizziness
  • Hives on body, skin rash and redness
  • Watery, red and swollen eyes and itching
  • Chronic headaches that lead to aggravated sinusitis
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing (even blood, in chronic allergies)
  • Breathing Difficulty
  • Runny noses

Over The Counter Allergy Medicines:

Following are some of the over the counter allergy medications:

Type of Medication

Symptoms Treated

Side Effects

Decongestants (caplets or tablets)

Pressure and congestion in ears, nose and head

Irregular heart beat, increased blood pressure and heart rate, restlessness, nervousness, lightheadedness

Pain reliever/ decongestant/ antihistamines (Liquid, caplets or tablets)

Headache, congestion, sneezing, runny and itchy eyes and nose

General side effects of decongestants and/or antihistamines

Antihistamines (liquid, caplets or tablets)

Itchy or sore throat, sneezing, runny and itchy eyes and nose

Excitability in children, loss of appetite, urinary retention, impaired judgement and coordination, dry mouth, upset stomach, drowsiness

Decongestant Nose Spray Nasal Congestion It may cause recurrence of of nasal congestion because of the dependence on the medication, if used for more than 3 – 5 days
Topical Corticosteroids Hives, rash, itchy and red skin Increased scaling or redness, skin irritation, dryness and burning sensation
Antihistamine eye drops Reddened eyes, watery and itchy eyes Blurred vision, temporary stinging in eyes

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