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- Spring allergies affect us in many ways, making our noses run, our throats itch, and our eyes burn and water.
- Thankfully, there is a wide variety of allergy remedies available, including several over-the-counter medications.
- Below are the allergy products we here at Insider Reviews use and trust to get us through the season.
Editor’s note: Due to the fluctuation of online inventories, we’re doing all we can to keep up with out-of-stock items or those available in limited supply. We review each product’s availability weekly to assure our guides are properly updated, though sometimes this means one or more of the included items may be sold out, or available via a third party.
It all starts with a sniffle, maybe a sneeze or two. Before you know it, the airflow through your nose has been cut off, the itchy receptors in your ears and throat have been activated, and the flood gates in your eyes have opened. You’re reminded once again of the joy of combatting seasonal allergies.
It happens every year – but you’re not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.1 million people have suffered from respiratory allergies in the past 12 months. I know I can speak on behalf of the Insider Reviews team when I say, we suffer right there with you.
This year, we’re doing our best to stay ready and have already prepped our arsenal of remedies – and we’re here to share a few of our favorites that help us keep those bothersome allergies at bay. So, stop scaring people away with your sneezes and let your roommates open the windows again. Spring is here to stay and it’s time for us allergy-ridden folk to enjoy it, too.
Here are the products we use to help relieve spring allergies:
“Pollen is my kryptonite. As soon as I come in contact with it, my nose, eyes, and throat start itching and I know I’m going to be in for a miserable onslaught of sneezes and coughs. But unlike Superman, I have a remedy for my greatest weakness — it’s called Zyrtec. When pollen levels are high during the early spring, Zyrtec is a real lifesaver for me. I like to take it before I leave home so it’s already working when I come into contact with pollen. The best part is, it’s non-drowsy, so I can function normally throughout the day.” — Amir Ismael, Insider Reviews senior reporter
“If all else fails or I know I’m traveling to an allergen-ridden place, I take Zyrtec. Zyrtec usually makes my allergies disappear sooner or later but I can’t take it daily without my nose getting overly dry. However, it did save me from repeating the embarrassing experience of attending an important tech conference with a running nose, scratchy throat, and streaming eyes. Turns out taking allergy medicine before you go to a place with lots of allergens does work.” — Malarie Gokey, Insider Reviews deputy editor
“I’ve been a Zyrtec user for as long as I can remember, and I always make sure, regardless of the season, that I have a stocked bottle of it in my bathroom at all times. It’s the first thing I pack when going away and I’m quick to order another bottle when I still have plenty of it left. It’s that important.” — Rick Stella, Insider Reviews fitness and health editor
Nasacort Allergy 24-Hour Nasal Spray
“If your allergies typically leave you with an itchy, runny nose, or feeling congested, this nasal spray should give you some relief. It’s prescription strength but you can get it over the counter at almost any drugstore. No matter the season, I find this spray really helpful.” — Remi Rosmarin, Insider Reviews reporter
“If my allergies come at me full throttle, I pull out my trusted nasal spray, Nasacort, and use it every night before bed. As a person who is allergic to multiple things including pollen, cats and dogs, seasonal allergies, and some food products, I often have trouble sleeping when my symptoms are at their worst. This spray is handy because it works within 30 minutes of use.” — Megan Foster, Insider Reviews fellow
Flonase Allergy Relief Nasal Spray
“When I feel an allergy attack coming on, I whip out my Flonase nasal spray. It quickly relieves sneeze attacks and typically prevents a full-blown allergy attack. I do have to use it sparingly or my nose will get too dried out.” — Malarie Gokey, Insider Reviews deputy editor
Philips Air Purifier
“Although I don’t have strong indoor allergies, I like to use an air purifier at home. The Philips 5000i features a total of six filters — two pre-filters, two HEPA filters, and two active carbon filters — that help reduce odors, gases, and allergens. I control it by using the AirMatters smartphone app or by asking Alexa. As the brand’s largest Connected air purifier, the 5000i is suitable for rooms like the living room or kitchen area of your home. If you plan on using it a smaller space, you can opt for the 1000i.” — Francesca Rea, Insider Reviews content producer
Puffs Plus Lotion Facial Tissues
“I used to buy those awful, cheap tissues that feel a bit like sandpaper because I feel like it’s wrong for nice tissues to cost so much. My poor allergy-afflicted nose finally forced me to pay a premium for Puffs tissues. Now they’re my go-to tissue for allergy season. When I get a particularly bad allergy attack, I buy the ones with lotion and they make a world of difference to my poor red nose.” — Malarie Gokey, Insider Reviews deputy editor
“The kind of tissues you use may not seem very important but when you’re using them over and over again in an effort to get just a little bit of relief from a constantly running nose, you’ll soon see just how crucial they are. These lotion-infused Puffs are a nose-saver, providing just enough softness to not completely turn your nose bright red from irritation after you use up an entire box in a day.” — Rick Stella, Insider reviews fitness and health editor
NeilMed Pharmaceuticals Original Sinus Rinse Kit
“If you’re in need of some serious drainage, this Sinus Rinse bottle from NeilMed can help unclog your sinuses and get you back to breathing regularly. The jetstream of salt-laden water up your nostril feels like swallowing water at the pool but you’ll quickly understand the value of this sinus rinse when the pressure building in your head gets released into the basin of your sink.” — Danny Bakst, Insider Reviews story production manager
“Technically this isn’t related to spring allergies but if you’re someone who is susceptible to allergic reactions all year round, keeping your room clean and dust-free can really help. Every so often I’ll use these to wipe down all surfaces in my bedroom. It helps clean up dust and anything else that might be giving you allergy-like symptoms.” — Remi Rosmarin, Insider Reviews reporter
Basic Care Saline Nasal Spray
“To mitigate dryness and to ensure my nasal passages are clean, I use a saline nasal spray regularly. Saline somehow magically prevents most allergy attacks I get and it helps me avoid getting a bloody nose from all the drying allergy medication I have to use.” — Malarie Gokey, Insider Reviews deputy editor
Claritin 24-Hour Non-Drowsy Allergy Tablets
“When my body gets used to Zyrtec (it takes a week or so), I switch to Claritin. Similar to Zyrtec, it clears up my allergies within a few hours and works continuously as long as I keep up with taking the medicine.” — Megan Foster, Insider Reviews fellow