Allergies are exceptionally common in all ages: more than 50 million people in the US suffer from them. And that leaves us running toward the drug store aisles. Come to mama, antihistamines – you can make it all better!
But as easy as it is to pop a pill, drugs used to control allergy symptoms aren’t free of side-effects. In fact, some drugs have side effects that can interfere with the ability to function in daily life.
One of the most common side effects of allergy medicine is drowsiness, and certain drugs can make you so sleepy that you are unable to drive (safely, at the very least). The newer medications are less likely to cause drowsiness, but they can cause other side effects.
Overall, some of the most common of these include:
- Dry mouth
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble with urination
- Blurred vision
- Anxiety and moodiness (especially in children)
If you suffer from side effects, your doctor may recommend that you take the medication before bed.
Rather than stopping the symptoms with a pill, some people opt to use certain medications to treat them as they come. If their nose is plugged up, they may use Afrin (or a similar product). This medicine unclogs the nostrils and allows for easier breathing.
But it can come with its own set of problems: these types of nasal sprays are notorious for their “rebound effect.” Medically, this condition is called rhinitis medicamentosa (RM) and it’s the result of overusing decongestants. When a person uses nasal spray too often (or for an extended period of time) the blood vessels inside their nose become constricted. This, ironically, makes their nasal congestion even worse.
Nasal sprays aren’t the only alternative drugs people turn to. For the sore throat brought on by post-nasal drip, folks often use throat sprays or lozenges. These provide relief, though on a temporary basis. But at least the cherry lozenges taste like candy!
An entirely drug-free solution is to ditch the above in favor of nasal rinse. Nasal rinse uses salt in sterile water to rinse the nasal passages of muck and gunk and junk For people prone to allergies (or those who have a cold), nasal rinse can clear the passages and make it easier to breathe. A rinse can also remove the need to carry around an entire month’s supply of tissues (just in case!).
Not only that, but nasal rinse can stop allergies in the first place. They won’t cure you, of course, but when used on a proactive basis, they can remove allergens from the outer rims of your nasal passages. By removing this mucosal-allergen contact time, the sinuses stabilize and the inflammation – as well as the post-nasal drainage that follows – is reduced.
Allergies, for those who have them, often appear to be a certainty of life – you’ll definitely know when there’s pollen in the air. But nasal rinse offers a drug-free solution. Ditch the annoying nasal drip and do it without the side effects.
ResQRinse is a new nasal rinsing system that uses choanal occlusion, a process that eliminates the negative side effects of other devices (such as aspiration and middle ear effusion). ResQRinse also reduces exposure to allergens by delivering the saline rinse directly through the nasal cavity. To learn more about the wonders it can do for your nose, please contact us.