The merry month of May is not so festive for the 18.2 million Americans who suffer from allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever.
With the start of yet another allergy season, when pollen appears to permeate the cosmos, these folks endure a host of symptoms ranging from sneezing spells and congestion to watery eyes and itchy or sore throats.
Pollen and hay fever aren't the only culprits, and for many, allergies are more than a seasonal annoyance: they can lead to more serious complications, including sinusitis and asthma.
When you add them up, more than 50 million Americans suffer from all forms of allergies, and allergies, according to the National Institutes of Health, are the sixth leading cause of chronic diseases in the United States.
With no cure for seasonal allergic rhinitis available, sufferers seeking symptomatic relief will welcome the following OTC options.
In January, FDA approved Chattem's Allegra family of products in their original prescription strengths for OTC use by adults and children 2 years of age and older.
Allegra starts to work in the first hour to provide temporary relief of symptoms of upper respiratory allergies or hay fever caused by sensitivity to indoor or outdoor allergens. It offers nondrowsy alleviation of sneezing; runny nose; itchy, watery eyes; and itchy nose or throat. In addition, Allegra-D is also formulated to relieve nasal congestion and sinus pressure.
In the Allegra family of products:
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