Seasonal allergy symptoms are nothing to sneeze at

May 15, 2011

With no cure for seasonal allergic rhinitis available, sufferers seeking symptomatic relief will welcome the following OTC options.

Key Points

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.

With no cure for seasonal allergic rhinitis available, sufferers seeking symptomatic relief will welcome the following OTC options.

Allegra products now OTC

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: