Over the Counter Drug Related Products for your Allergies

Are you one of those who easily get inflicted with food allergies? Before you buy your own drug make sure you know the type of allergy you have. Allergies vary on each individual. Same with allergy, medications also depends on the type of allergy that you encounter.

Over-the-counter allergy medicines are easy to purchase. Be sure that you perform cautious effort to check the drug usage with your doctor or medical professional before intake.

Common Types of Allergy

  • Seasonal allergies – They are sometimes called ‘hay fever’. It can be experienced on a certain season or time of the period, especially during spring when trees begin to increase in releasing pollens and can fill the air with particles.  Outdoor molds, weeds and grasses can also affect these kinds of seasonal allergies.
  • Environmental allergies – Environmental influences like pollution from industrial plants or other factories that release chemicals causing allergens contributes to environmental allergies.  Other factors such as dust mites, animal fur, mold and mildew especially during fall season and even cigarette smoke can also lead to environmental allergy.
  • Food allergies – The protein that can be found in food usually causes food allergies. The body’s immune system may tend to react on some proteins contained by protein enriched food such as peanuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, soya and others.
  • Drug allergies – Some medicines may contain substances that can lead to allergic reactions. But this allergy may tend to develop on higher doses and continuous drug usage over a long period of time.

What are the Common Types of  OTC Allergy Medicines?

Some of the common over-the-counter drug related products make it easier for you to buy medicines to cure allergy without the need to present a doctor’s prescription to a pharmacy or drug store. But now that you are introduced to different types of allergies, make sure first that the medical products you will use will not add allergic reactions to your body.


Antihistamines are very common on drug stores for general allergic reactions. If you notice, one of the common signs of allergic rhinitis is runny nose. This is due to allergens that entered in your nose and sinuses causing it itch and swell and later on lead to runny rose.   Histamine is a certain chemical released from your nose cells which causes swelling and irritation. The role of antihistamines is to provide blockage on the nose cells chemicals to lessen the symptoms of allergy.


Because of the allergens that affected the nose and even the nostrils, swelling of the tissues on the nose area can make you sneeze more often and you might feel fluid fullness in between the nostrils way up to your head giving you a congested feeling and breathing difficulty. Decongestants are over-the-counter drug related products that can help alleviate airflow blockage and nose swelling.

Other Types of Allergy Drugs

Topical corticosteroids

These are the type of medicines that can help control itching and swelling of an individual which are often caused by products containing dyes and fragrances.

Saline Nose Sprays

This can help give temporary relief on nasal stuffiness and unlike ordinary drugs you do not need to intake it. Saline Nose sprays are sprayed at a certain distance on the nose for an instant relief from irritation.

Cromolyn sodium nose spray

This is also used to lessen nose sneezing and runny nose caused by nose irritation.

Antihistamine eye drops

Antihistamine eye drops can be used to lessen red and watery eyes caused by nasal irritation.

Allergy sufferers can always choose from a wide variety of over-the-counter drug related products that can give them relief; just make sure that the right dosage is followed to avoid further medical complications to happen.