March 22, 2024 // by Alanna Levine, MD, FAAP

From sneezing to itchy eyes, allergies can disrupt outdoor activities and overall well-being. However, a well-equipped medicine cabinet can help you address allergy symptoms and keep your family feeling their best. Dr. Alanna Levine from Orangetown Pediatric Associates shares her recommendations for the items to keep on hand during allergy season.

1. Antihistamines 

Antihistamines are your best line of defense against allergy symptoms. These medications work by blocking the action of histamine, a compound released by your body during an allergic reaction. Whether in the form of tablets, liquids, or dissolvable strips, having a supply of antihistamines like loratadine (clariten), cetirizine (zyrtec), or diphenhydramine (benadryl) can provide much-needed relief from sneezing, itching, and nasal congestion. Click here for a diphenhydramine dosing chart.

2. Nasal Sprays

Nasal Sprays offer relief for nasal congestion and sinus pressure. Saline sprays help flush out allergens and moisturize nasal passages, while corticosteroid sprays reduce inflammation and swelling. Look for over-the-counter options like Flonase or Nasacort for  relief from nasal allergy symptoms. Check out the proper nasal spray technique with Dr. Levine.

3. Eye Drops

Eye drops can quickly relieve itchy, red, and watery eyes. Opt for over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops to soothe irritated eyes and alleviate discomfort caused by pollen, dust, or pet dander like ketotifen (zaditor) or olopatadine hydrochloride (patanol). Keep a bottle in your medicine cabinet and stash extras in your purse or car for on-the-go relief. Click here for an easy technique to administer eyedrops to your kids.

4. Allergy Relief Devices

In addition to medications, consider allergy relief devices to further alleviate symptoms and improve indoor air quality. Air purifiers can help to remove allergens like pollen, dust mites, and pet dander from the air, creating a cleaner and healthier environment for your family. 

5. Other Techniques

During peak pollen days, keep the windows closed, spend more time indoors, and shower and change clothing when returning inside.


If these suggestions do not provide relief, be sure to schedule an appointment with your pediatrician or pediatric allergist to ensure your family feels their best throughout the allergy season. We wish your family a happy, healthy spring full of outdoor activities!