Itchy eyes, runny nose, drippy sinus? It's the season

May 15, 2012

A round-up of OTC products to manage allergies

That chorus of sneezing, sniffling, and coughing you're hearing could be Mother Nature's payback for the unseasonably warm weather she gave us a few months ago.

As Laura Landro pointed out in her Wall Street Journal column ("The Informed Patient," March 13, 2012), "Mild winter temperatures in many parts of the country - the fourth warmest winter since record-keeping began - have triggered an unusually early release of pollen from trees. That bodes badly for the millions of people who suffer from allergic rhinitis - commonly known as hay fever. Allergists are predicting a longer, and more intense, allergy season than normal ... [with] even more severe symptoms for allergy patients, especially those with asthma."

What to do? Read on.