It’s that time of the year again!
And no, I’m not talking about when Saint Nick showers us in presents (and really, who wants to even begin to think about snow right now?). It’s time for sunshine and blue skies, when the flowers and bees start appearing, and everything starts looking brighter…
Except those of us who suffer from Hay Fever.
It’s Allergies time!
For those that suffer, it’s not the happy sort of “time of year” we all look forward to, it impacts a whole lot of us, especially those of us allergic to grass pollen, the most common cause that activates our allergies and irritates the heck out of us for weeks, sometimes even months!
It’s almost May, which is when Hay Fever tends to strike. The worst part is, the symptoms of Hay Fever are similar to a really congested cold where you’re constantly sneezing, and rubbing your runny nose and your eyes become watery and even itchy.
Not exactly summer fun.
We’re mostly in the clear once we sneeze and itch ourselves to July, but why suffer through our symptoms for nearly 3 months – and if you’re one of the unlucky ones, even longer?
It’s time to prepare ourselves before the pollen gets to us first, and I’m here to help.
Nasal Sprays – Dymista Nasal Spray and Beconase Nasal Spray
Doesn’t sound sexy, but it’s a good thing we’re trying to rid ourselves of allergies rather than seduce them.
They are as easy to use and effective. Both sprays will relieve you of the symptoms associated with Hay Fever such as:
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
Now let’s go a bit more in depth.
Dymista Nasal Spray
Though a bit on the expensive side, Dymista works very well against your allergies.
Be sure to only do: ONE spray per nostril, twice a day (morning and evening).
One of the perks is Dymista Nasal Spray is a-okay for long term use but if you leave it laying around for too long after using (say, 6 months) you should throw it out, otherwise it could do more harm than good.
The common side effects for Dymista Nasal Spray:
- Bitter taste in your mouth
Keep in mind, these side effects are often mild to moderate and only last for a short period of time.
Beconase Nasal Spray
The cheaper alternative to Dymista Nasal Spray. If your allergies are really going crazy, you can do TWO sprays in each nostril, TWICE per day (but never exceed 8 sprays daily, trust me).
And if your allergies get better (and they should with Beconase) limit the spraying to ONCE per nostril, TWICE a day – you’ll be feeling like your old un-stuffed up self before long.
Like with any medication there are side effects. For Beconase Nasal Spray, they’re often moderate and do not last very long – if they show up at all!
Still, you could experience:
- A dry or painful nose or throat
- Nose bleeds
- Mild allergic reactions including skin rashes or redness, itching
Allergy Pills – Telfast and Fexofenadine
And if you don’t want to be spraying things up your nose, there are always allergy pills as a second option (or your first, depending). On the market we have Telfast and it’s less expensive cousin, Fexofenadine!
A table to take once a day for allergies and Hay Fever symptoms. Telfast helps take care of your sneezing, itchy, runny or blocked nose, as well as red or itchy eyes. Other benefits of using Telfast, like it’s name suggests, is that it works fast to rid your body of those pesky symptoms mentioned above!
Just be careful of the common, mild to moderate side effects such as:
Though the name is a bit complicated, it works just as well as Telfast, but cheaper! It may be the generic brand, but when you’re need of fast acting (but kind to your wallet) meds, sometimes it’s the best option!
So there you have it, four different medications that can help you combat the tiring season that are allergies and Hay Fever! It’s simple and effective. No magic, just science so you can have the fun and eventful summer you were meant to!