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A 31-year-old female asked:

I have severe allergies was perscribed astelin nose spray & eye drops zyrtec (cetirizine) ventolin inhaler duo neb its not that effective add anything?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 52 years experience
Corticosteroids: You may benefit from addition of corticosteroids to your treatment.
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Allergy asthma meds: It sounds like you have severe allergies and some asthma . OTC sprays Nasacort and Flonase help nasal symptoms but take a few days to kick in . Singulair (montelukast) is a prescription pill that can help with nasal or chest symptoms . Steroid inhalers are important for asthma (e.g. Qvar, Flovent). If allergies are severe, see an allergist and get skin tests. Allergy shots are better than meds for long term.
Dr. Gary Highfill
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 26 years experience
Consider adding saline irritations. Many times it can help when medications do not. Agree with testing and immunotherapy.
May 23, 2015
Last updated Feb 1, 2016

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