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Allegra For Skin Allergy
Side effects of longterm use (2 weeks+) of Pheniramine maleate 50 mg twice a day. This workin for my skin allergy when cetrizine n allegra (fexofenadine) didn't work.
Fexofenadine is an antihistamine which is used to treat allergies such as hayfever, and hives. It can be taken once or twice a day. It is a second generation antihistamine and does not cause as much drowsiness as other antihistamines such as Diphenhydramine (benaryl) or chlorpheniramine. Always be careful about drowsiness with any antihistamine especially if driving ...Read more
My doctor told me not to take my Allegra (fexofenadine) and Zyrtec 5 days before my skin allergy test but my symptoms are really severe. Should I just take my meds?
Talk to Allergist: If it is not possible for you to stop antihistamines before your allergy appointment there are blood tests that can be drawn instead. Skin testing is more sensitive so it is preferred by myself and most allergists. I would call their office and discuss your issues so you don't show up on antihistamines and have to reschedule. ...Read more
Skin allergyi have a skin allergy, I take allergra 120 which keeps me fine for 4 days then, itching starts on my arms and legs & sometimes whole body?
Skin itch: You need to be evaluated by an allergist. ...Read more
When stopping allergy meds like allegra, (fexofenadine) can a withdraw effect such as itching from head to toe occur?
Breaking out head-toe from unknown contact allergy. Rash leaves scars. Waiting to see allergist. Derm said to take Zyrtec & Allegra together. Safe?
Yes safe, but: What are we treating? Is it contact allergy, then antihistamines won't help much, or is it a generalized reaction not related to a contactant? At any rate, follow the dermatologist advice until you see an allergist, good luck ...Read more
Breaking out head to toe from unknown contact allergy. Rash leaves scars. Waiting to see allergist. Derm said to take Zyrtec & Allegra together. Safe?
Yes OK to take both: We often recommend patients take allegra and zyrtec together for intense itching. It is best to take allegra in the morning (non drowsy) and zyrtec in the evening (can cause slight drowsiness). In rare instances we advise two allegras (180 mg each) plus two zyrtecs (10 mg each) for severe itching. The main side effect may be drowsiness from zyrtec ...Read more
Should I take cetrizine or fexofenadine for my allergies? I've been to the doctor about 10 times last year over allergies, I had pus pockets on my tonsils, head aches, runny nose, post nasal drip, itchy skin and eyes and watery eyes. Several times I was p
M.D. visit: I would also suggest allergy testing and avoidance of anything that worsens your symptoms. A visit to your physician is indicated as well. ...Read more
Contact: Many ingredients used in the spray can induce a contact allergic reactions on the skin. The onset of the rash may not occur until 24-72 hrs after the contact. If changing brands does not help, contact a derm or allergist to find out which ingredient may the the culprit. ...Read more
Yes: The tests can have both false positive and false negative results. There are many factors that can influence the results such as the antigens, host factors, timing and medications. The results need to be interpreted in the context of the history. ...Read more
Controls: If done properly, with adequate controls false positive tests are very infrequent, but also remember that just because you test positive accurately, it does not mean that you will develop symptoms from exposure to that allergen. ...Read more
Have him tested by: Allergist for environmental and food allergies, so you can find out the offending agent (s), and have him avoid exposure. This will help. Also, make sure you aren't using any harsh detergents (synthetics), or fabric softeners are used that his linen, or his pajamas, and clothes may have been exposed to, or he will continue to have contact with more irritants on his pillow at night. ...Read more
Almost: Skin test is more sensitive though, results appear within 20-30 minutes, needs to be performed by experienced nurse/doctor, can be tailored to add specific allergens according to patient's environment/exposure, in addition to standard screening panel. Blood test, RAST, is resorted to if skin test cannot be performed for a reason or another. ...Read more
Stop using it: When you have allergy towards anything you should avoid using it. Please consult with your dentist to see which tooth paste is appropriate for your mouth. ...Read more
Yes.: It is possible to have false positive tests with an allergy skin test. However, if the test is done by a board certified allergist trained to read the test correctly, taking into account the size of the reactions and comparing them to the positive and negative controls, they should be able to advise you on the likelihood of a test being a true positive or false positive. No need to retest yearly. ...Read more
I have a skin allergy since 12 but I do not know what kind of allergy it is can you help me with this or do I have the signs of HIV?
Itchy skin?: This could mean a lot of things such eczema, hives, angioedema, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and a host of other dermatologic conditions related to an allergic reaction. It could signify a reaction to a medication that causes patient to be itchy or have hives or swelling. ...Read more
Allergic skin rashes can be caused by:
contact dermatitis from poison ivy, rubber, nickel, fragrance, make up, preservatives, etc.
Contact hives is hives that occur with direct contact with an allergy--spilled food or saliva from the lick of a pet.
The "cure" is avoidance of the particular allergen trigger. Barrier creams or ointments are partially effective. Medications treat symptoms. ...Read more
Semen allergy: Yes you can have various allergic reactions to a partner's semen. The reactions can range from local irritation to generalized anaphylaxis. The reactions are to a component found in the plasma not the sperm. The international expert is jonathan bernstein, md. See www. Seminalplasmaallergy. Org. ...Read more
Not really: Allergy skin tests currently are performed using sterile, plastic, applicators (not needles) that just puncture the skin at a mild depth. No blood. Typically 8 tests can be placed in 2 seconds using multitest device and the answer is available in 15-20 minutes. The new multi-test PC (pain control) has even less uncomfortable feeling; my experience is that it works great for children and adults. ...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
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