What are the best medications for tackling your outdoor allergy symptoms?

Hampden County

It’s spring, so that means sniffling and sneezing. Especially in Springfield, which was recently listed as the country’s fifth-worst city to live in with outdoor allergies. 

For many of us, it has become a seasonal routine. The itchy, watery eyes, scratchy throat, and running nose. And now is the time to talk to your doctor or pharmacist before the worst of the allergens move in. 

22News went to Big Y in Springfield to speak to a pharmacist about the best medication for your symptoms.

“So for overall symptoms usually, um, oral medication will kind of best target the body as a whole. Um, there’s a lot of different medications treating different symptoms. Eye drops, nasal sprays,” Chris Krupa, a pharmacist with Big Y, explained to 22News. 

Eye drops are best if you only suffer itchy or red eyes. Nasal spray targets your congestion and runny nose. But for overall outdoor allergy symptoms, your best bet is an oral antihistamine.

And while the worst of the pollen isn’t here yet, some locals are getting a head start. 

“I think it’s a little early still, there are definitely people that have been trickling in, but I’m sure we’ll continue to see it as spring comes upon us,” Arianna Bonzagni, another pharmacist with Big Y, told 22News. 

Krupa said your allergies can change over time, so you might want to reconsider using the same medication you have been for years. Under advice from your doctor, you might find a medication that not only works better but is also more affordable. 

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