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Ask A Pharmacist changes each month with a topic that focuses on health related issues. Various subjects from allergies to women’s health will be covered. Make sure you check back each month to read the details of the health topic that is being featured.

Many helpful allergy medicines are available over the counter. Antihistamines can help relieve sneezing, runny nose, and itchiness in the nose, throat, and eyes. You can buy antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), loratadine (Claritin®), and cetirizine (Zyrtec®) over the counter, but those that contain diphenhydramine may cause drowsiness. Often combination medications for allergies contain both an antihistamine and decongestants.

Decongestants along can help clear a stuffy nose, and are available as sprays, liquid, or pills. If you choose a decongestant nasal spray instead of a pill, don’t use it for more than three or four days in a row, as it can worsen nasal congestion. A nonprescription nasal spray with cromolyn sodium or saline can help prevent symptoms and is safe for more frequent use. Always carefully read medication labels for dosage and warnings.

Be sure to ask your Good Neighbor Pharmacist which allergy medication will work best for relieving your symptoms

What should I do after an asthma attack?

After an asthma attack, your lungs can be extra sensitive. Some asthma patients experience a second wave of more severe attacks after the initial episode. So it’s important to get floow-up care quickly after an asthma emergency. If your asthma attack led to an emergency room visit, contact your primary doctor or an asthma specialist with 24 hours.

You may receive additional medication during or after a serious attack. Make sure you know when and how to take them. Try to identify the triggers that may have caused your attack, and discuss strategies for avoiding them in the future. Finally, talk with your doctor or Good Neighbor Pharmacist about reevaluating your asthma action plan.

Changes may help prevent future attacks.