What Are the Best Over-the-Counter Allergy Medications?

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When you’re sniffling, sneezing and constantly reaching for a tissue for your runny nose, it can become more than a little annoying. Add in some watery eyes, throat tickles and maybe even a cough, and you might be willing to try almost anything to make the misery stop. If you’re one of the millions of allergy sufferers in the U.S. — and billions around the world — you know all too well what kind of irritating discomforts are waiting for you with each new allergy season or unexpected exposure.

Whether your symptoms are moderate or severe, they can impact your daily activities, prompting you to seek relief in the form of an allergy medication. You could visit your doctor to request a prescription medication, but with so many former prescription allergy drugs now available in your grocery store medicine aisle, it seems a bit like a waste of time, effort and probably even money. Most people can find an over-the-counter allergy medication to tackle all their symptoms, but that doesn’t mean all the meds work the same. Here’s what you need to know about the best allergy medications.