Allergies are the unfortunate bane of the welcome spring. Just as we start to want to go outside more often, we are welcomed with the runny nose, itching eyes, and miserable cough that seem to last through all of the beautiful days. Fortunately, there are many excellent treatment options available, some of which are available over the counter. As you mention that some of these have not worked for you in the past, we will assume that the antihistamines cetirizine and loratadine (two of the most commonly used and most effective at treating allergic symptoms) are off the table. Also off is benadryl, another anti-histamine which is especially well noted for causing drowsiness. Other, even more simple, options that should help your symptoms include showering in the evening and changing your bedding frequently, both of which should help to reduce the allergen load that collects in your bed every day. Nasal saline irrigation also helps to improve the symptoms of many people, and is available without a prescription as well. Finally, most people love the addition of an intranasal steroid, which is very well tolerated and improves symptoms immensely. This would require a visit to your primary care doctor
, allergist, or ear-nose and throat surgeon
), however, but it might be worth it.