Hi. I have been suffering from allergies for about 6 months now. I frequntly get sinus infections but since moving to Austin 2 years ago my allergies have been just plane aweful. My nasal cavitie is swollan shut which has caused drainage in my ear. I have tryed a sudifed and benydrol but nothing is helping. I am having trouble hearing and the consant noise in my ear is driving me crazy! I was wondering if you could suggest an OTC medicine that might help. I know I should get it checked again I just don't have the assets at the moment. Thank you for your time.
The most effective OTC medication for allergies would be the long-acting antihistamines, such as Claritin or Zyrtec. These will do nothing for congestion, however, so a decongestant taken during the day may be helpful in addition to the antihistamines. There is basically only one oral decongestant on the U.S. market, and that is Sudafed. Anything else will require a prescription.
Six months is a long time to suffer, so I would suggest that you try and budget your resources and see a medical provider when you can. Prescription like nasal corticosteroid sprays would likely do wonders for you.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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