What is Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is commonly known as seasonal allergies or hay fever, and it refers to a collection of allergic symptoms affecting the nasal airways. When an allergen (like pollen, dander, or dust) is inhaled, the body has an allergic reaction. Symptoms include an itchy, runny, and stuffy nose; watery eyes; sore throat; and headache.

Treatment for allergic rhinitis includes nasal sprays and oral medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. Common drug classes used to treat allergic rhinitis are antihistamines (Claritin, Benadryl, Astelin), leukotriene receptor antagonists (Singulair), alpha agonists (Sudafed), corticosteroids (Flonase, Nasonex, Rhinocort), and anticholinergics (Atrovent). Saline rinses or a Neti pot can also be used to clear out a stuffy nose.

Savings Tips for Allergic Rhinitis

  • Which Allergy Nasal Sprays Are Okay to Use During Pregnancy?

    October 20, 2016

    Nasal steroid sprays (also called intranasal glucocorticoid sprays) are effective for stuffy nose and itchy eyes related to allergies. Post nasal drip symptoms—chronic cough, hoarse voice and dripping down the back of your throat—are easily remedied with steroid nasal sprays.

    If you’re pregnant though, you may wonder if they’re safe to use. Well, recent reassuring studies have shown us that nasal steroid sprays are safe to use during pregnancy for mild to moderate symptoms related to allergies. See More

  • Why Do My Ears Feel Plugged?

    July 27, 2016

    Do your ears feel like they’re under water, or plugged? Often related to allergies or upper respiratory infection, eustachian tube dysfunction is a common cause of congested ears and brings many of you to the doctor. While you are waiting to get an appointment, there are some good non-prescription options you can start off with.

    So what’s happening, why and what can you do about it?

    Why do my ears feel like I’m under water?

    The eustachian tube runs from the middle ear, the air filled chamber, to the back of your nose. See More

  • Shortage Alert: Nasonex for Allergies Not Available in Pharmacies

    October 15, 2015

    As of September 15, 2015 Merck announced that its steroid nasal spray, Nasonex (mometasone furoate), will be out of stock for the next few months.

    Nasonex is only available as a brand-name product. Since no other brand or generic manufacturers are currently allowed to make it, the shortage will almost definitely affect you if you take Nasonex.

    What is the reason for the backorder?

    The manufacturer has stated that the shortage is due to a manufacturing issue. See More

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Popular Allergic Rhinitis Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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