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Allergies

Aug 27, 2008
One of the leading causes of illnesses today is allergies. Millions of people suffer from some sort of allergy or other whether it's to particular foods, smoke, drinks, plants, dust or animals; the list is endless. It is hard to keep a pet cat, for instance, if someone in the household is allergic to animals or fur. The increase in air pollution is also a leading cause of allergies and quite a few people even have allergic reactions to certain food types such as dairy products, chocolate, fish, and even fruit!

Allergy symptoms can include excessive sneezing, a runny nose, coughing, headaches, wheezing, an itchy throat, rashes and congestion, and can also cause respiratory problems. The smoke from cigarettes and incense can cause a person with allergies to have trouble breathing and they could go on to develop upper respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis. Some allergies can even trigger asthma attacks for those who suffer from asthma; they would then need allergy relief as well as inhalers for treating their asthma.

The market for allergy medicine today is a multibillion dollar one in the United States and the rest of the world in general. Benadryl, Sudafed and Nyquil are the most popular over the counter allergy relief and cold medicines available but Benadryl and Nyquil are both known to cause drowsiness, although some people find them relaxing and can become addicted to them. Children shouldn't be given an adult Benadryl though as it is too strong but there is a children's Benadryl available.

Sudafed unfortunately is being used by many people to make crystal meth, a very dangerous illegal drug that is widespread in many parts of the United States. Because of this, a person must now show id before purchasing Sudafed at the drug store. The makers of Sudafed are also working on a new type of product that doesn't have the "crystal meth" ingredient.

Allergy medicine prescribed by a doctor can include Allegra, Claritin, Vasoncon and Patonol but are only usually prescribed for patients who suffer severe allergies. Allegra and Claritin especially, are used for nasal decongestion and will help the patient breathe easier.

Believe it or not, there is also help available for animals that suffer from allergies. A veterinarian will give shots and medicine to cats, dogs, and other animals that show signs of allergies. One major cause of animals having allergies is fleas and the poor animals that are allergic to fleas develop horrible rashes all over their skin and their fur becomes dry and coarse. Their eyes will very often become runny and they will need constant attention as their eyes can become glued shut! Animals can also be allergic to pollen and certain types of pet food. Thankfully, medicine and shots can help treat their allergies no matter what is causing them to suffer.

Easy and affordable allergy relief is out there for any adult, child, cat or dog that needs it. There is no need to let allergies cause any unnecessary suffering.
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