If I may address this topic to @brad regarding his allergies. I as well have struggled with seasonal/hay fever type allergies for my entire life and tried to find a medication that would work for me. Most of the over the counter medications like zyrtec and benadryl just made me drowsy. As you mentioned the side effects were almost as bad as the allergies themselves. Claritin seemed totally ineffective as well.
I went to an allergist and they prescribed me a daily nose spray called Omnaris. This shit has changed my life. I have experienced no noticeable side effects to speak of and if you use it as directed your allergies go away after a couple days and stay away for as long as you continue the medication.
So just a friendly suggestion, if you get fed up with the allergies, see if you can get a prescription for Omnaris. They also have a discount program to reduce your copay if it is expensive on your insurance. http://www.omnaris.com/getOmnaris/get-Omnaris.html