Latest News: Technology |  Celebrity |  Movies |  Apple |  Cars |  Business |  Sports |  TV Shows |  Geek

Trending

Filed under: News | Other Stuff

 

Allergy relief options abound this spring

Antihistamines are the way to go

Apr 22 2014, 1:23pm CDT | by

1 Updates
Allergy relief options abound this spring
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
 
 

YouTube Videos Comments

Full Story

Allergy relief options abound this spring

Spring is here in most of the country and that means that people who suffer from allergies are itching their eyes and sneezing profusely everywhere. Thankfully, there are a number of treatments out there to help cure your allergy symptoms; the trick is finding the right option for you.

Whether or not this will be, the worst allergy season is up in the air. Philly.com spoke to Dr. John Cohn from the Department of Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine.

When asked if this would be the worst allergy season, Dr. Cohen said, "I’ve been doing this for over 30 years and I can’t remember the last time I had a newspaper call me and say, ‘I heard this is going to be a good allergy season."

He said that the biggest factor in allergy season is rain. “It’s only when we get a couple of weeks of consistent rain, like true April showers, that it washes away enough of the pollen to make a difference,” Dr. Cohn said. “Other than that, nothing else will drastically change the pollen count.”

Two common remedies are antihistamines and decongestants. The antihistamine blocks the release of histamine, which is something the body makes in an allergic reaction. The decongestant reduces blood flow, in the area helping to reduce swelling and congestion. Dr. Cohen says use an antihistamine.

“The best OTC remedies are non-sedating long-acting antihistamines, of which, there are three kinds: certirizine (Zyterc), fexofenadine (Allegra) and loratadine (Claritin),” explains Dr. Cohn.

“When you ask me what’s the best drug, I’m thinking, if I give Drug 1 to 100 patients in Group A where 80 percent have a favorable reaction and I give Drug 2 to 100 patients in Group B where only 40 percent have a favorable reaction then I know Drug 1 has greater odds of reacting well with patients — in this case, Drug 1 is antihistamines.”

As far as nose sprays go, the doc recommends against them.

“These decongestants are addictive and cause rebound, so if you use them [repeatedly for more than three to five consecutive days] they’ll cause nasal damage and you’ll experience worse symptoms than you did before,” Dr. Cohn explained.

 

You Might Also Like

Updates


Sponsored Update


Advertisement


More From the Web

Shopping Deals

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
Shane can be contacted directly at shane@i4u.com.

 

 

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

QuizUp Game Review
QuizUp Game Review
QuizUp app has been proclaimed by some to be the world’s leading trivia game. This commendation is actually valid as it has been ranked to be the best trivia application on the online based store Google Play in 6 countries which include Canada and the United States. If you have an urge to get a little brain power challenge, this is the solution.
 
 
Billy Crystal Will Honor Robin Williams at Emmy Awards Show
Billy Crystal Will Honor Robin Williams at Emmy Awards Show
Crystal will lead a tribute to Robin Williams at Monday's 66th Primetime Emmy Awards .
 
 
Nexercise App Review
Nexercise App Review
Nexercise is a fantastic workout app that can bring your body back into shape or tone it further if you are already having a good body. This useful app is literally for everyone who is a fitness freak. Nexercise appeals most to the people who are busy in their professional life and don’t get time to go to a gym for workout or may be to a work for running. Nexercise absolutely eliminates all these conditions and can make you fit right from your home.
 
 
Twitter to remove images of deceased upon request
Twitter to remove images of deceased upon request
Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances
 
 
 

About the Geek Mind

The “geek mind” is concerned with more than just the latest iPhone rumors, or which company will win the gaming console wars. I4U is concerned with more than just the latest photo shoot or other celebrity gossip.

The “geek mind” is concerned with life, in all its different forms and facets. The geek mind wants to know about societal and financial issues, both abroad and at home. If a Fortune 500 decides to raise their minimum wage, or any high priority news, the geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants to know the top teams in the National Football League, or who’s likely to win the NBA Finals this coming year. The geek mind wants to know who the hottest new models are, or whether the newest blockbuster movie is worth seeing. The geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants—needs—knowledge.

Read more about The Geek Mind.