Allergies are the most common chronic health condition affecting New Zealanders. At least 1 in 5 people are affected, and this is likely to rise. Allergies are caused by the immune system overreacting to an irritant like pollen or animal hair that is otherwise harmless to most people.
Allergic rhinitis – commonly known as hayfever – is the most common symptom of allergies. It causes a recurrent runny, stuffy or itchy nose, and frequent sneezing. It can also affect eyes, sinuses, throat and ears.
Fortunately there are many products available to treat and prevent allergy symptoms:
- Nasal sprays like Flixonase and Dymista
- Antihistamine tablets like Levrix, Telfast and Claratyne
- Eye drops
- Saline rinse for the sinuses
Levrix contains Levocetirizine, a second generation antihistamine treatment that may help to provide relief from seasonal allergic rhinitis as well as persistent allergic rhinitis and urticaria or hives.
What makes Levrix different from other antihistamine brands?
- Is fast-acting and easily absorbed
- Initial action after 20 minutes
- Full action after about an hour
- One tablet can provide 24 hours of relief!
Before taking antihistamines:
Sedating antihistamines, in particular, may not be suitable for some people. If you have any of the following problems, let your doctor or pharmacist know before you start taking any antihistamines:
- Problems with your liver or kidneys
- Acute porphyria (a rare metabolic disorder)
- Men with prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia).
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding check with your doctor before taking antihistamines.
Where can I get more information?
For starters, it’s always a good idea to speak to your local pharmacist or your GP.
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