Study: Allegra ranks highest for allergy sufferers

For many, the blooming trees and sprouting flowers are welcomed signs of spring, but for people with seasonal allergies these signs aren’t welcomed at all.   The increased pollen in the air leads to itchy eyes, stuffy noses, and sore throats for many.   According to the Asthma and Allergies Foundation of American, 60 million people battle allergies in the U.S. alone.

To beat the symptoms brought on by allergies, many people take an over the counter medication, but a new study shows one antihistamine is above all the rest.  In a European study, Allegra was shown to offer the best overall relief. 

Researchers in the United Kingdom compared two popular allergy medications, Allegra and Zyrtec.  More than 700 patients, ranging in age from 12-65, took part in the study.   One group took Allegra, another took Zyrtec, and a third group took a placebo, or sugar pill.  Researchers found those taking Allegra felt better longer, and didn’t have any drowsiness which was a side effect found in those taking Zyrtec.  Allegra users had 24 hour relief from their allergy symptoms.

One researcher says there are several antiquated allergy medications on the market that can leave allergy sufferers feeling worse while taking medication.  Martin Stern, a co-author of the study says, “People should demand a nonsedating antihistamine.”

The findings were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Where are allergies the worst?
An annual report shows the worst cities for people with allergies to live in.  Cities are ranked based on pollen score, number of allergy medications used per patient, and number of allergy specialist per patient. 

Top 10 worst cities for allergy sufferers:
1.)    Dayton, Ohio
2.)    McAllen, Texas
3.)    Wichita, Kansas
4.)    Louisville, Kentucky
5.)    Jackson, Mississippi
6.)    Knoxville, Tennessee
7.)    Greensboro, North Carolina
8.)    Madison, Wisconsin
9.)    Chattanooga, Tennessee
10.) St. Louis, Missouri
*According to Asthma and Allergies Foundation of America