Saturday, March 31, 2018 03:00 AM

MANY PICK THE WRONG DRUGS FOR SNEEZIN' SEASON

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hay fever[1] sufferers often choose the wrong medication for their seasonal sniffles, new research suggests.

With flowers, trees and grasses springing back to life, folks with allergies[2] will start to complain of sneezing[3], runny noses, and watery, itchy[4] eyes.

More often than not, though, they'll head to the allergy[5] aisle of their nearest drug store without advice from a doctor or pharmacist, the new study found.

Only 63 percent of people who visit their community pharmacy to purchase treatment for their hay fever have a doctor diagnosis, said study senior author Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich.

"This is despite the fact that a vast majority of them are experiencing moderate to severe hay fever symptoms, which impact on their day-to-day living," she added.

Moreover, 70 percent select their own hay fever medication without consulting the pharmacist. And ...

News source: MedicineNet

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