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A 27-year-old female asked:

intermittent throat irritation and lymph node swelling, throat tightness after drinking alcohol. doc suggested allergies, but claritin (loratadine) is ineffective?

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Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 36 years experience
ENT consult advised: Your symptoms could be allergic in nature, but due to the persistence of the symptoms, further evaluation is indicated. An ENT evaluation is recommended. While waiting for your appt., recommend trial of Zyrtec (cetirizine) at night and stopping alcohol products. If you smoke, stop now.

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