Not only are allergy seasons starting earlier, but also allergy sufferers’ symptoms are getting worse. Both problems are due to rising pollen counts resulting from shorter, less severe winters. As a result of these climatological changes, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology projects that pollen counts will double by 2040. As these pollens trigger immune-system reactions in those with “hay fever,” allergy sufferers experience runny noses, sneezing, itching, and burning or watery eyes. To deal with these symptoms, most turn to over-the-counter antihistamines, which counteract “histamine,” a protein released by tissue cells embedded in the skin during an allergic reaction. Some newer non-prescription antihistamines work well without causing the drowsiness usually associated with this group of drugs.
Is suffering with allergies one of your problems? Our promise and commitment to you is that when you leave our pharmacy you are truly satisfied. We have a wide variety of over-the-counter allergy products including Nasacort Nasal Spray. Stop by any of our locally owned Med-Fast Pharmacy Locations to stock up and breath better this spring!
Hint: Over-the-counter, non-steroidal nasal sprays containing cromolyn sodium (NasalCrom) work by preventing allergens from reaching the cells that release histamine.