You've been sniffling for a couple of days, or maybe that headache above the bridge of your nose is hanging around too long this season.
"Allergy symptoms are best managed by avoiding the allergen, not by taking drugs," says Harold J. DeMonaco, M.S., director of drug therapy management and the chair of the Human Research Committee at Massachusetts General Hospital.
"If you can't figure out what's causing the symptoms — 'I have no idea why my nose is stuffy' versus 'it gets stuffy every time I play with the cat' — then drug therapy may be useful."
So off to the local drug store you go, only to find yourself dazed, not from the allergy symptoms alone, but from the dozens of medications on the shelves or the confusing directions that come with them.
Rather than sorting through the multiple remedies alone, it might be a good idea to stop by the pharmacist's counter for some help.
To help your pharmacist help you, be prepared to tell him or her: