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An allergy is an exagerated immune responce to a typically benign trigger. You can have allergic responces to many things like pollens, animal dander, foods, medications, among other things. Symptoms may be bothersome, but benign, or can be fatal. Not all reactions to exposures are allergies and if you think you may be allergic , i recommend being evaluated by ...Read more
Not really: I suggest 3 steps to controlling allergies : 1) avoid the things you are allergic to. 2) take medications to control the symptoms. 3) get 'allergy shots' (immunotherapy) to teach your body to not be "allergic" to those things (immune tolerance). Using a leukotriene antagonist control the symptoms some, but it is not the most effective medication, and is not an equal alternative to immunotherapy. ...Read more
Yes: Sigulair (montelukast) is a leukotriene receptor antagonist used for the maintenance treatment of asthma and has the added benefit of relieving symptoms of seasonal allergies. In addition, montelukast is used for other conditions including exercise induced bronchospasm, AERD, and chronic urticaria (hives).This medication is NOT useful for the treatment of acute asthma attacks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?
There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
IgE antibodies : Theoretically, one would expect monoclonal IgE antibodies to be very effective in blocking the allergic response. In the US, this has not been rigorously tested to establish its effectiveness. It is not FDA approved therapy at this time. However, it is approved for IgE mediated asthmatic disease and can concomitantly help allergic rhinitis in those patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mum diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Mass in upper right airway caused major blockage. Iressa (gefitinib) treatment opens up airway. Any chances of recovery?
It depends...: ...On one's perception of "recovery" is. If the expectation from treatment is palliative or symptomatic relief, then she will recover. Breathing is an issue and so long as she breathes, that is a welcome progress. On the other hand, there is no "cure" for stage IV lung cancer. But, everyday she breathes well is a good day. Let us think positive especially when the negative is overwhelming. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tab- qubiran tsr for allergic asthma & tab- zyrtec (cetirizine) for nosal seasonal allergies can be used together or not?
Fine together: No problem using them together.Get a more detailed answer ›
Allergy shots: antihistamines only cover up symptoms and don't cure anything. Allergy shots treat the cause and that is why with successful immunotherapy you can get rid of antihistames. One complication of nasal allergy treated symptomatically is development of asthma. On the other hand if you treat the cause you prevent complications ...Read more
10mg/day--adult: 10mg/day is the usual recommended dose and 5mg for the little ones. Research result showed that higher dosage confers no addional benefit, but taking more than 10mg will only waste your nickle. It is classified as nonsedating antihistamine, but very low incidence of grogginess/excessive sedation. If you have trouble and Claritin (loratadine) not helping adequately, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more