Many people suffer from a variety of different allergies. Some are allergic to food and other are allergic to pets and grass. Regardless of the cause, the symptoms of allergies are extremely annoying. Nobody should be forced to deal with constant sneezing and itchy eyes. Most people suffering from allergies can find some relief in regular off the shelf type medications. Others, however, aren't so lucky. A small percentage of us suffer allergic reactions that affect our ability to work or live a full life. If you happen to be one of these people, you may want to consider trying an OTC allergy medication.

Over the counter allergy medicine isn't for everyone though. Use this article as a brief overview but talk to your pharmacist for more information.

Now, there are basically two types of allergy meds that are available over the counter - Antihistamines and Decongestants. The most common pills out there fall under the antihistamine category. Brands that everyone recognizes are Actifed, Claritin and Benedryl. Generally speaking, all of these medicines work in the same way. Because of the way different people's bodies react to different types of medicine, it's tough to pick the "best" one. One way to find out which one works for you is to try them all! There are often free trials available at online pharmacies so you may want to check them out. Antihistamines are great for the following allergy symptoms: Sneezing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose. It's important, though, that you take these pills before you start reacting to the allergens penetrating your body. The biggest mistake you can make is to wait until you're suffering an allergic reaction before taking the pill. By this point - It's too late. There are some side effects to consider before deciding on an antihistamine as well. Common ones include dizziness, constipation and blurred vision. With most people, these side effects to dissipate over time though. Give the pill a few uses before deciding it's not the right one for you.

The other type of OTC allergy medication that a lot of sufferers have success with is the decongestant. This a topical medicine and usually takes the form of eye drops or nasal sprays. They're great for temporary relief of symptoms such as stuffy noses. Common brands of nasal sprays include Nasonex and Veramyst.

As stated before, the only real way to find the best medicine for your specific symptoms is to try a a bunch of different products until you find one that works for you. Good luck... And try not to sneeze on your computer screen!