Sinus Relief - Antihistamines

If you've got seasonal allergies how do you get relief?

Your first line of defense for sinus relief should be avoidance of the allergen. There are many strategies to clean and purify the air in your home, and remove as many allergens as possible. Once you've done all you can to reduce or eliminate allergens in your home though, you'll still have to figure out what to do when you go outside.

This is where you will likely have to depend on kind of over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamine in order to manage sinus symptoms.


Many people do not like to take too much antihistamine. In the past, it would often leave people groggy if they took it during the day. If it was only taken at night, then the allergic reaction could get a good hold. What to do?

Fortunately, many companies now make non-drowsy formulations of antihistamines for sinus relief. This means that you can take medication during the day that will not make you drowsy. In the evening, once the workday is done, you can always take an antihistamine that does create drowsiness. However, beware of mixing antihistamines. Most antihistamine products require a certain concentration of antihistamine in your blood stream in order to work well. If you are switching between two brands, you may not be taking the same antihistamine compound and this could affect its effectiveness.
When possible, it is recommended that you start to take antihistamine before you will come into contact with pollen or other allergens. This allows you to completely stop an allergic reaction in its tracks and provide yourself with some sinus relief. The antihistamine is present in your blood stream, and the reaction never gets off the ground. This is particularly effective if you have an allergy to cats and are going to visit a friend with a cat. Take your antihistamine before you go to your friend's.

With seasonal allergies, the trick with trying to take an antihistamine before you are exposed to your allergen is to start at the right time. Given that seasons may start at different times each year and pollen counts can vary, it may not always be practical to start antihistamines before being exposed. You could find yourself taking antihistamines and yet the season hasn't really started yet and you are not quite ready for sinus relief. And who wants to take drugs if they don't need to?

There are now more options for non-drug relief of sinus allergy symptoms. Nasal irrigation can be very effective for some people. In fact, some people find nasal irrigation can even eliminate their symptoms by removing the allergens from the nasal passages. However, if you have serious allergies combined with asthma, you may not be able to risk non-drug therapies. If you are in doubt, speak with your doctor or other health care professional regarding any issues in order to gain some sinus relief.

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