Everybody loves summer – unless they have allergies that are exacerbated by pollen, sun or other substances! Then summer is not quite so much fun! In fact, allergies are a problem for about 50 million Americans! You might be surprised to learn that allergies place 6th in the list of chronic conditions in this country and a hefty $18 billion annual amount is spent on care and treatment specific to allergies alone.
Americans often self-medicate with over-the-counter treatments. Go to any pharmacy and you will find aisle after aisle of nasal sprays, eye drops and antihistamines to be taken orally. Decongestants may also be a part of an allergy treatment regimen. Unfortunately, each person’s combination of symptoms may not respond to a single medication and multiple attempts at finding the correct dosage of each that will result in relief from symptoms for a certain amount of time.
People often mistakenly believe that over-the-counter medications can be taken in combination or at their own discretion. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, without oversight of a medical professional who is prescribing medications it might turn out to be very dangerous to the health and well-being of the allergy sufferer. Most doctors would say never to take multiple medications at the same time.
In light of this the person who continues to suffer allergic reactions even with medication may ask what else can they do? Well, a visit to the doctor would be the best next step. He or she may suggest a topical medication in combination with something else. To be sure, the physician is better able to create a model for care that will curb the symptoms without placing your health in jeopardy.
Most people do not realize there is the potential for addiction to certain over-the-counter medications as well. Too, some medications may contain a dosage of pain medicine that can cause overdosing if you are not careful.
Remember, over-the-counter medicine to treat allergies has its good and bad points. If you are plagued with itchy eyes, a runny nose or any of the many other symptoms of allergies it is good advice to seek the support of a professional. Even the pharmacist at the drugstore may be able to give you advice.
If you need the help of a professional in the field of allergies the experts at Annapolis Allergy & Asthma. Count on us to help you enjoy your summer.