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Seasonal Allergies

For many people, the sneezing, itchy eyes, sniffling, and runny and stuffy nose of seasonal allergies are inconvenient reminders of the change of seasons. The immune system overreacts to an allergen like plant pollen, dust mites, molds, or pet dander.

In some cases—like during a particular season, or after exposure to a dog or cat, for example—allergy triggers are easy to identify. For those with year-round symptoms, allergens may be more difficult to pinpoint.

For many allergy sufferers, the best treatment is to avoid the offending allergens altogether. However, this may not be possible in many cases, as the very air we all breathe is loaded with allergens.

It can take a combination of medicinal and non-medicinal measures to successfully alleviate and manage allergy symptoms. Air filters, humidifiers, and air conditioners can help provide varying degrees of relief.

Some things you can do to avoid seasonal allergies
  • Keep your house and car windows shut on days with high pollen levels (spring, summer), mold (summer, fall), or pollution.
  • Avoid mowing the lawn.
  • Wear a dust mask if you do outdoor chores.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Limit outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.
  • Don’t hang your laundry outside to dry.
  • Remove clothes you’ve worn outside as soon as you get home. You may also want to shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
  • Avoid known allergens such as pollen, house dust mites, mold, and pet dander.
  • Remove houseplants.
  • Wash bedding in hot water every week.
Match the medication to your symptoms
Since avoiding allergens alone rarely results in complete alleviation of symptoms, medication can help. There are a variety available and they work in different ways.
  • Antihistamines are one of the most commonly used allergy medications. They block histamine, a chemical released by the body’s immune system during an allergic reaction.
  • Decongestants relieve congestion in the nose and sinuses. They work by constricting blood vessels in the nose and are often used in combination with antihistamines. Some decongestants kept behind the pharmacy counter are still available without a prescription. Talk to your Publix pharmacist about all of the options available to treat your congestion.
  • Nasal steroid sprays are used to prevent and treat the inflammation often caused by allergies.
  • Allergy shots are given regularly over a period of years and contain allergen extracts. The goal is to reduce your sensitivity to specific allergens so that you are less likely to react or react as strongly to them.
Talk to your Publix pharmacist to help decide on the best treatment plan to keep your allergies under control.


Stock up on these products at Publix.


Alka-Seltzer Plus®

Alka-Seltzer Plus® Sinus products relieve your tough sinus symptoms PLUS that annoying cough.
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Severe Sinus and Cough relieves your tough sinus symptoms PLUS that annoying cough.
  • For sinus and allergy symptom relief day and night, try Alka-Seltzer PLUS Severe Sinus Day/Night Liquid Gels.
  • Get relief from your tough sinus symptoms PLUS your runny nose and cough with Alka-Seltzer Plus Severe Sinus Allergy Congestion and Cough.


Children's BENADRYL
Give your children a cherry-flavored liquid allergy medicine with an antihistamine that may help them feel better when they need it and temporarily relieves:
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itching of the nose or throat
Use only as directed.

Extra Strength BENADRYL® Itch-Stopping Cream blocks histamine, temporarily relieving pain and itching of insect bites, minor burns, sunburn, minor skin irritations, minor cuts/scrapes/rashes and oozing due to poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.

Warnings: For external use only. Do not use on large areas of the body with any other product containing diphenhydramine, even one taken by mouth. Ask a doctor before use on chicken pox or measles.

VISINE®-A® Eye Allergy Relief
  • Combines an antihistamine with a redness reliever for the temporary relief of itchy, red allergy eyes.
  • Temporarily relieves itchy, red eyes due to: pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair and dander.


Claritin® relieves your worst allergy symptoms for 24 hours and it's the #1 doctor-recommended non-drowsy brand.

Claritin® provides 24-hour non-drowsy relief of:
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
Use only as directed.

Let your kids live Claritin Clear®! Children's Claritin® is the #1 pediatrician-recommended non-drowsy allergy brand. *

Only Children's Claritin® relieves kids' worst allergy symptoms for 24 hours without drowsiness.
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
Use only as directed.

* Among oral products from OTC children's brands.

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