A campaign is underway to get an allergy emoji approved by the Unico Consortium. Unico approves all texts and emoji’s for use. A petition has been submitted on change.org and it is currently gathering signatures.
The makers of Reactine Canada (generic name ceterizine) are behind the campaign for the allergy emoji. Antihistamines are commonly used to treat general allergy symptoms which can consist of runny nose, congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes and cough. In addition to antihistamines, nasal steroids are a good option as well to treat most allergy symptoms. Most nasal steroids in this country are over the counter, common ones are Flonase, Nasocort and Rhinocort.
Common triggers of seasonal allergies are tree, grass and weed pollens. For many Americans, pet dander also can be a contributing factor from cat and dog dander. Other perennial allergens are dust mites and mold spores.
It is important to know what one is allergic to in order to manage them. Besides taking over the counter medications such as oral antihistamines (Zyrtec, Clartin, Allegra, Xyzal, Benadryl) and nasal steroids, there are prescription medications that your allergy doctor can prescribe. For those with severe, uncontrollable allergies, allergy immunotherapy is an option as well. Allergy immunotherapy can be given as shots or sublingual therapy.
It is best to consult with an allergist to see what your options are if you have allergies.
The Unico Consortium typically announces new releases in February and they are rolled out a few months later if it is approved. Stay tuned if this allergy emoji is approved. If you do suffer from allergies, seek out your local allergy doctor who can help you manage them.