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Managing Seasonal Allergies

So far, we’ve discussed the most common oral agents used to help our seasonal allergies. But everything doesn’t have to be solved with a tablet. When we take something orally, we do have to consider the systemic effects that may occur within our bodies. There are alternative products that will work locally allowing us to bypass any systemic ill effects.


Nasal corticosteroids are a class of medications available as nasal sprays over the counter that can help for runniness, stuffiness, and even watery or irritated eyes. Available over the counter as Flonase, Flonase Sensimist, Rhinocort, and Nasacort, these nasal sprays can be used by themselves or in conjunction with your daily allergy tablet to provide a localized solution to your allergy problems.


Afrin is an over the counter nasal decongestant nasal spray that can help relieve stuffy noses and sinus pressure. Again, little is absorbed systemically so there are very few side effects from it, however, it should not be used for more than 3 to 5 days at a time. When used continuously, day after day, our bodies can develop a condition known as “rebound congestion” when we stop using the product. This can lead to even worse sinus pressure.



Lastly, just recently to this blog post, 2 additional former prescription strength eye drops have been released over the counter. For itchy, watery, and/or irritated eyes, Pataday and Patanol have joined Zaditor, as previous prescription-only eye drops that are now available over the counter. Indicated for as young as 2 years of age, these eye drops will provide relief for those eye allergy symptoms.

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George D
George D
2020년 5월 23일

Hi Lois, thank you for the question. Opcon-a is fine to use. I prefer products one doesn't have to use multiple times a day. Opcon is recommended to use up to 4 times a day. The ones I mentioned are either once or twice a day so they're easier to use and they work a little better.

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kit Ok to use over the counter opcon -a for your allergy problems for eyes

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