When allergy symptoms bloom, find the right medication

Choosing the right medications is essential to gaining control over symptoms as allergy season comes into full bloom, warn allergy specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

“It’s reasonable to try some of the over-the-counter drugs first, and if you’re not satisfied with those results, then you need to see a doctor,” says Dr. David Khan, an allergy specialist at UT Southwestern.

Antihistamines can usually help relieve itching, sneezing, and runny noses, but they don’t generally help with stuffiness. Decongestants such as pseudoephedrine target stuffy noses. Physicians can prescribe different topical nasal sprays including anti-inflammatory corticosteroids, antihistamines, and combination corticosteroid and antihistamine sprays.

These prescription nasal sprays are more effective than over-the-counter allergy medications and are not addictive like over-the-counter nasal sprays. However, allergy shots – which actually make allergy sufferers less allergic – are still the most effective medical treatment, Dr. Khan says. And rush immunotherapy, which involves taking fewer shots over a shorter time period, gets allergy sufferers to an effective dose more rapidly.

Visit UTSW Medicine to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services for allergies.

Media Contact: Russell Rian