The effectiveness of allergy medications depends on the user. Some people believe that immunotherapy (allergy shots) are the only cure for allergies while others swear by the over-the-counter options. The reality is that almost all allergy medications are effective, but each has their own purpose. For example, some allergy medications will only cure certain symptoms, and other allergy medications may only be effective as a prevention and not to cure symptoms. So if you’re looking for allergy medications that actually work, the following are your best options.
ImmunotherapyThe best option for allergy sufferers is the use of immunotherapy (allergy shots). Immunotherapy can only be performed by an allergist, and 90% of patients who receive immunotherapy have cured and prevented their symptoms. Immunotherapy is best for allergy sufferers that experience some type of rhinitis symptoms, including congestion, stuffiness and sneezing.
Nasal SpraysNasal sprays and inhalers are a great way to control most allergy symptoms, including sneezing, post nasal drip and congestion. Nasal sprays that contain steroids are best to cure symptoms that you already have to provide you with some relief. If you’re looking to prevent your symptoms from starting, the use of a nasal spray with antihistamine is your best option, but you should start taking it about two weeks before your symptoms tend to start.
Allergy Eye DropsIf your allergy symptoms include itchy or red eyes, the use of allergy eye drops can be a great way to treat this symptom. They contain different ingredients that can help you contain the itch and/or the red, but it’s important to note that they will only work to cure symptoms you already have.
DecongestantsIf you suffer from nasal congestion or stuffiness, the use of decongestants can help to alleviate these symptoms. Decongestants will only work to cure the symptoms you already have, and they will not prevent any congestion or stuffiness from occurring in the future.
AntihistaminesAntihistamines are a great way to prevent symptoms of allergies. They’re one of the most popular medications for allergies, but they will only work to prevent symptoms from appearing. If you are already experiencing allergy symptoms, taking an antihistamine will not provide you with any relief. Instead, make sure to start taking your antihistamine a few weeks before allergy season starts in order to prevent your symptoms from starting.
Each one of these medications has been used to help cure or prevent allergy symptoms, but it’s important that you understand the purpose of each one if you want them to be effective. If you need to prevent symptoms, for example, you’ll want to use an antihistamine instead of a decongestant.
It’s important to remember that the best way to prevent your allergies is to take the necessary steps to prevent coming into contact with your allergen.
Travis Lee is a freelance writer and dog lover who often writes about how other pet owners can cope with dog or cat allergies with allergy medications.