The decongestants, in particular, I suspect most of us would not be the least bit surprised they’re not the least bit effective - Dr. Wanda Filer
image by: Mary Guthrie
To the sick, to the allergic, to the tissue-clutching, stuffy-nosed sufferer, there's a certain aisle in the drugstore that offers unbridled hope, where shelves overflow with cold and sinus medicines advertising relief. It seems all a bleary-eyed person needs to do is pluck one from a cornucopia and breathe easy.
Now, science has a more definitive solution to our drugstore dilemma: keep on walking.
A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice in September examined phenylephrine, the decongestant that appears in many over-the-counter cold medicines found on store shelves, from Tylenol Sinus to Sudafed PE to Advil Sinus Congestion & Pain. Phenylephrine…