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(ARA) – For some people, spring suggests the budding of flowers and longer days filled with warm sunshine. But for  1 in 5 individuals, spring also signifies allergies are in full scope.

Seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis, cause cold-like sympstoms such as itchiness in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes and ears, along with watery eyes, runny nose, congestion and sneezing. But in contrast to a cold, allergies aren’t triggered by a virus; they are generated by an allergic reaction to outdoor or indoor allergens, such as mold, trees, pollen and pet dander.

Allergies, which have an impact on an estimated 60 million people in the United States both young and old, can really take a toll on your daily regimen, and they are a pest both in daily life and professionally. Regardless of whether you’re afflicted year-round or during a specific season, discovering how to handle allergy symptoms can be vital to fixing your relaxation and well-being.

This problem can also be expensive to handle . From 2000 to 2005, the fee for treating allergic rhinitis nearly doubled from $6.1 billion to $11.2 billion, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. More than half of that was expended on prescription and over-the-counter medications. Experts suggest patients purchase store-brand, over-the-counter medicines as an effective means of handling both the allergy concern and its associated prices.

“There are a number of very effective over-the-counter treatments to address the symptoms of seasonal allergies,” says Dr. William Berger, professor of allergy and immunology at the University of California, Irvine. “In fact, to help patients save money, I would recommend many of the store-brand, non-sedating antihistamines sold at leading retailers and pharmacies, such as Cetirizine or Loratadine. These products are approved by the FDA, but cost significantly less than the brand names.”

According to Berger, several allergy sufferers should find higher relief of their symptoms by taking one of these newer, more effective treatments now on hand in the aisle, like Fexofenadine, which just switched from prescription to over-the-counter in 2011.

“Effective management with medicines, ideally before the allergy symptoms start, is key,” he says.

When an aging loved one needs elder care, take note of the interactions between over-the-counter medications and the elderly person’s prescription drugs.

You may think that over-the-counter (OTC) medications are always safe. But if you are  a senior  and additionally taking prescription medications, this kind of thinking can get you into some distress.

“The average number of prescription medications taken by people over 65 is five or six,” says Michael H. Perskin, MD, an assistant professor of medicine and an internist at the New York University Langone Medical Center. “As you get older, it increases and so does the potential for drug interactions.”

So how can you find useful and risk-free remedy from arthritis and other pain, and cold or allergy symptoms? “When in doubt, ask your pharmacist,” Perskin says. “If you have taken the medication before, it’s probably OK. But if it’s new or your other medication regimen has changed, check it out.”

You can find more information about the signs and symptoms and treatments for allergic rhinitis at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (www.aaaai.org), or the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (www.acaai.org).

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