Various over-the-counter (OTC) medicines offer different remedies for allergies, sinusitis, or the common cold. It is imperative for consumers to identify their symptoms and understand which ingredients can help them before choosing an OTC product. In the case of the common cold, allergies, or sinusitis, various ingredients will attack symptoms in different ways. Simply by examining the product label, a consumer can better understand how the product is helping to attack his or her symptoms and get relief faster.

When Treating Allergies
One of the most common ingredients used to treat rampant allergies is an antihistamine, which blocks the body’s natural release of histamines when the immune system reacts to allergens. Most antihistamines that relieve severe allergy symptoms may cause severe drowsiness. In Jack DeRuiter’s Principles of Drug Actions 2 study, Pyrilamine Maleate (the antihistamine used in the DayClear Allergy formula) was found to have relatively high potency with low sedation.

Another option for allergies is a nasal spray. However, some experts believe that oral antihistamines work faster than nasal sprays since sprays may take a week or so to be fully effective.

Decongestants treat allergy symptoms using the ingredient pseudoephedrine to efficiently diminish nasal passage congestion. Essentially, decongestants work to shrink swollen blood vessels in the nose. This can quickly and effectively provide pain relief if nasal cavities are irritated and full, however, certain side effects like dizziness and irregular heartbeat can occur. A decongestant is a good option for anyone who feels their symptoms have escalated to stuffiness, facial pain and overall achiness.

DayClear offers a unique combination of a cough suppressant and an antihistamine to treat the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of allergy season. The cough suppressant in DayClear Allergy combines a local anesthetic effect and antihistamine properties, making it ideal for treating allergy symptoms. The anesthetic effect helps soothes the tickle in the back of the throat often caused by allergies. This formula also helps to control coughing by decreasing the urge or need to cough. The allergy formula is not combined with a nasal decongestant, as it is more common to suffer from nasal congestion when dealing with sinusitis than allergies.

Best for Treating Sinuses 
Treatment for sinus pressure and pain can come in multiple forms, including sprays, pills and liquids (like DayClear Sinus Pain & Pressure). Experts suggest that the overuse of decongestant nasal sprays may be problematic for patients, as it can worsen the problem if improvement is not seen after a few days. Nasal decongestants have a drying effect that helps to shrink blood vessels that cause unpleasant stuffiness in the nose. WebMD suggests that an oral decongestant can provide longer relief than nasal decongestants. Phenylephrine HCI, used in DayClear and other oral sinus medications, is a reliable and common OTC nasal decongestant that helps reduce nasal swelling, making it easier to breath.

A pain reliever is also important for sinus treatment, as inflammation in the nasal passages can lead to a headache and overall achiness. The pain relief portion of a sinus medication can help treat pain and pressure around the eyes, achy feelings throughout the body and facial swelling. However, many products use acetaminophen, which, if taken in too large of a quantity, can lead to liver damage. NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug), like that used in DayClear, are a potent alternative to acetaminophen.

An expectorant will encourage productive coughing from the body and promote the movement of mucous, which will help remove bacteria. Coughs that are generating phlegm or mucous suggest the body is fighting an infection and actively working to dispel the bacteria from the system. This sort of coughing, though unpleasant, is beneficial to the body’s defense against an illness and should be encouraged. An expectorant will help the body to continue to break up the mucous and expel it through a cough.

The Fix for Cough, Cold & Flu
The ingredients and formulas of a cough, cold and flu medicine may be very similar to that of an over-the-counter sinus formula. Typically, a cold will display symptoms similar to that of sinusitis and medication components such as pain reliever, expectorants and decongestants, can all be helpful. An effective cough, cold and flu medicine should have an expectorant, pain reliever, and a nasal decongestant. However, the main differentiator of an effective cough formula will be a cough suppressant. Dry, hacking coughs are not helpful to the system (as opposed to mucous/phlegm filled coughs) and a cough suppressant will help to suppress the cough reflex.

DayClear offers an extensive line of over-the-counter products precisely formulated to treat all symptoms in the best and most efficient way possible.

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