By Maggie Gioia | Marketing Coordinator
Questioning if it’s too early to be experiencing your annual spring allergy symptoms? Think again. Allergy season is predicted to start up to 40 days earlier this year, with pollen counts projected to climb to 250 percent, according to a recent study published by Nature Communications. Here’s what you need to know about spring allergies.
Why Do We Experience Allergies In Springtime?
For those that experience spring allergies, the human immune system mistakenly processes pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds as a danger to the body. Therefore, when they enter the body, chemicals called histamines are released into the blood. Histamines can trigger a runny nose, itchy eyes, a sore throat, sneezing, and more.
How Can We Prepare?
For serious cases, doctors can provide prescription-strength allergy medications. However, most cases are easily and safely treatable with over-the-counter allergy medications such as antihistamines, which block histamine production and, in turn, ease symptoms.
You can be prepared — even on the go — with Lil’ Drug Store’s line of OTC allergy medications, including Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, and their very own proprietary brand. Lil’ Drug Store distributes convenience store versions of these recognizable OTC medications and other popular drug store items across several categories. Through National Convenience Distributors’ partnership with Lil’ Drug Store, c-stores can gain access to these products to best serve the needs of the community — particularly those seeking allergy relief.
While many antihistamines can cause a sense of drowsiness, Allegra’s non-drowsy formula provides fast-acting, 24-hour symptom relief. Though it may be outdoor allergy season, Allegra will alleviate symptoms from indoor allergens like dust or pet dander. Following the first dose, symptoms should begin to clear within an hour. Though Allegra has a diverse range of allergy reducing products — with child-friendly options — it is important to note that their go-to 24-hour medication is for adults only.
Over the years, Benadryl has expanded their allergy-relieving offerings. This household name has been favorited by parents for generations, as their products are safe for children (make sure to read the directions first for dosage and age requirements). Benadryl’s antihistamine properties will subdue symptoms for four to six hours, but be aware that unlike Allegra, Benadryl is widely known to cause drowsiness for some users and excitability in others.
Claritin is the number one brand recommended by physicians as it fights the symptoms caused by over 200 allergens. Among their classic swallowable tablets, Claritin has developed an allergy relief syrup, dissolvable tablets for beverages, gels, and chewables. However, their non-drowsy, 24-hour tablet is Claritin’s crowned jewel as it contains a minimal antihistamine dosage, while still preventing they symptoms of allergic reactions.
Lil’ Drug Store Allergy Sinus
Like the other leading allergy brands, Lil’ Drug Store Allergy product is an effective antihistamine. Their Allergy Sinus, on the other hand, combines the power of antihistamines and acetaminophen to eliminate the sinus congestion and pressure that often accompanies allergies. For ages 12 and up, Lil’ Drug Store’s Allergy Sinus can be taken every 4 to 6 hours to mitigate symptoms.