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Hay Fever Medications should always be used as a last resort. This is because the use of an allergy air purifier, along with other avoidance methods, should be tried first before resorting to other methods.
Of course, there are always instances in which an air purifier is not a practical solution, or will not get the job done as well as some common hay fever medications.
In 1910, Sir Henry Dale, a British scientist identified histamine - a substance released by our body tissues during the bodys allergic response. He showed that histamine can lead to itching, inflammation and even shortness of breath.
Since then, anti-histamines have been a critical weapon in the fight against all types of allergic reactions.
Antihistamines block the effects of histamine. When histamine molecules get onto the surface of a cell, they cause irritation and inflammation. Antihistamines displace the histamine molecules so the histamine can not interact with the cell to cause an allergic reaction.
A large variety of antihistamines is now available to choose from, in both over the counter and prescription forms.
See our Antihistamines page for more info.
Decongestants are used to treat sinus congestion, flu, and hay fever symptoms. Decongestants work by reducing swelling in the nasal passages that constrict and reduce airflow.
They are also effective on a runny nose in helping to clear nasal passages and making breathing easy. One of the many advantages of decongestants is that they do not make you drowsy.
See our Decongestants page for more info.
Breathing becomes difficult for those who have a large amount of mucus in their respiratory system. Expectorants are the drugs that loosen the mucus in our throat and nasal passages.
By thinning the mucous, it makes it easier to come out through coughing or sneezing. Expectorants are best to use in conditions of runny nose, cold and cough.
See our Expectorants page for more detail.
A common mistake is to wait to until after you start sneezing and sniffling take medications like antihistamines. Antihistamines are most effective at blocking the occurrence of symptoms, not treating symptoms once you have them.
Therefore, taking them in anticipation of allergy symptoms, or even before exposure will significantly improve their effectiveness.