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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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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Can I mix allergy medications?

Can I mix allergy medications?

Careful: Some allergy medications such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and zyrtec are sedating and together may be too sedating to function. Mixing allergy medications is best prescribed under the supervision of an allergist to avoid side effects. It depends what you are trying to treat, usually one second generation antihistamine is enough to treat nasal allergies. Other medications can be used for other symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there medications for cat allergies?

Are there medications for cat allergies?

Yes: In general treat for cat allergy is the same as for other allergies: avoidance, medications and allergy vaccine therapy. The medications will vary depending upon symptoms (nose, eyes, or chest) but in general: antihistamine, inhaled steroids, bronchodilators if asthma. ...Read more

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What are the best medications for allergies?

What are the best medications for allergies?

What is going on?: For mild localized allergies, antihistamines like loratidine, fexofenadine, and cetirizine work well, with low chance of sedation. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is plenty strong for stubborn cases, but often causes drowsiness - don't drive. Give us more description: location (nose, eyes, skin), duration, appearance, etc. Whole body allergic reactions (bees, foods, drugs)? Call 911. ...Read more

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What are safe allergy medications for toddlers?

What are safe allergy medications for toddlers?

Many: Most antihistamines are safe when given in the proper dose yet they are often ineffective. For severe cases, nasal steroid, nasal antihistamine, or Singulair (montelukast) may be used even if not yet FDA approved since they have a good risk/benefit ratio. However you will need to check with your doctor prior to using these medications. See an allergist if needed. ...Read more

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What is a good medication for an allergy to pets?

What is a good medication for an allergy to pets?

Lots of Options: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allergra, Claritin, and Zyrtec are helpful (I like Zyrtec the best). Other treatments include daily steroid nasal sprays and antihistamine eye drops. Avoidance of triggers is also helpful. If you have a cat or dog keeping it out of the bedroom is important, HEPA filters, washing cat weekly, frequent cleaning. Allergy shots can also be life-changing ...Read more

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Any alternative medications to help with allergies?

Any alternative medications to help with allergies?

Yes: Some natural supplements may be helpful including quercitin which a natural histamine inhibitor. Stinging nettle and goldenseal have been used for allergic rhinitis. Also, the probiotic lactobacillus acidophilus and omega 3 fatty acids may be helpful as a preventive. ...Read more

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Is it possible for medication to create an allergy?

Is it possible for medication to create an allergy?

Yes and No: Yes if one means can one become allergic to a particular medication (s). If the question is can a medication make one become, for example cat allergic, then no. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a serious medication allergy?

What are the symptoms of a serious medication allergy?

Various: A medication allergy may cause severe symptoms such as rash or hives, swelling of the tongue or throat, difficulty breathing, drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, or death. ...Read more

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Is it possible to grow out of allergies to medication?

Is it possible to grow out of allergies to medication?

Yes for some: Penicillin allergy often can clear over time. In past clinical studies nealy 80% of adults loose their sensitivity over 10 years. Nearly half of children loose their sensitivity after 1 year. We do not have as much information on other antibiotics. ...Read more

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Which medications are safe to treat childhood allergies?

Which medications are safe to treat childhood allergies?

Several: The options depend upon age. Oral second generation antihistamines are unlikely to be sedating (zyrtec, claritin, or allegra). Nasal steroid and antihistamine sprays can be very helpful for symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Leukotriene inhibitors such as singulair (montelukast) block allergic inflammatory chemicals. These all have a good safety record. Allergy shots can help with moderate to severe allergy. ...Read more

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What is a medication I can take if I have cat allergies?

What is a medication I can take if I have cat allergies?

Do you own a cat?: If you do and you are allergic, you will have symptoms as long as you have one. Antihistamines may help, but only partially. At least don't allow the cat in your bedroom. If you do, and your symptoms are severe, you may need prescription medication and should consider seeing an allergist for possible desensitization (allergy shots). ...Read more

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What is the best medication that I can take for allergies?

What is the best medication that I can take for allergies?

Depends...: ...On what you are allergic to, what your symptoms are, and how great an impact those symptoms have on your life. The best treatment is to find out what you're allergic to (an allergist can help with that) and avoid it. If avoidance is impossible, non-sedating antihistamines (allegra, claritin, xyzal, (levocetirizine) etc.) are currently the most popular treatments. ...Read more

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Could you help me with my allergy symptoms and medication?

Could you help me with my allergy symptoms and medication?

Allergies: I'm not certain what you are asking. Allergy symptoms are quite varied from sneezing, runny nose, congestion, itchy eyes, to cough, wheeze and skin symptoms such as hives, itching, rashes, eczema. Different symptoms may require different medicines from antihistamines to prescription nasal sprays, inhalers and steroid creams. Best to ask a doctor if you are not sure what to do. ...Read more

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Which sort of medication should I take if I have allergies?

Which sort of medication should I take if I have allergies?

Good medicine.: Depends. If it is your eyes, try an antihistamine eye drop. If it is your nose, use an antihistamine pill. Something like allegra, claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec. If that does not work, then you should see your doctor for a prescription eye drop. If it is worse when outside, then try keeping your windows closed in your home and car. ...Read more

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What pain medications is it okay to take if I have allergy?

What pain medications is it okay to take if I have allergy?

Allergic to?: Read the contents on the packaging for the pain medication to ensure that none of the ingredients are ones that you are allergic to. ...Read more

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What type of allergies can the medication Singular help with?

What type of allergies can the medication Singular help with?

Nose and chest: Dr Fisher has given a good description on its action. In addition to asthma, Singulair (montelukast) may also be effective for allergic rhinitis. In my experience, it is effective in about 50% of the people. Singulair (montelukast) is not as effective as inhaled steroid but may be uniquely effective about 25% of the time. ...Read more

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How can I relieve my allergies without taking any medication?

How can I relieve my allergies without taking any medication?

Cold compresses: Cold acts to slow down the chemicals that cause the itching and irritation. A cold rag or chilled artificial tears are somewhat effective, but short acting. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the best medication for an allergy to pets?

Please help! What is the best medication for an allergy to pets?

Desensitization: Is the best approach. In the meantime, avoid exposure, have a HEPA air cleaner in any room where you spend time with a pet. Have the heating and AC ducts cleaned, sanitized and filtered. Take an antihistamine like claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec. Have your pet groomed regularly if you must have it at home. ...Read more

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Can a child grow a tolerance or resistance to allergy medications?

Can a child grow a tolerance or resistance to allergy medications?

Tachyphalaxis: The tendency of meds to become less powerful after use is common to some pain meds but not allergy meds. More often, parents or patients get frustrated when congestion remains and blame the allergy med. However, allergy meds will never help irritant swelling or drainage caused by the simple irritant effect of air pollutants like smoke, dust, fumes etc. Other meds are available, but must be added. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for severe seasonal outdoor allergies?

What is the best medication for severe seasonal outdoor allergies?

SAR treatment option: Newer oral antihistamines give some relief of itching and sneezing, but less for the congestion and runny nose. Topical nasal steroids are more effective, but require a prescription. Avoidance is of very limited benefit. The most effective and only disease modifying treatment is allergen immunotherapy best under the direction of a board certiified allergist. ...Read more

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How long before allergies start should you start taking your medication?

How long before allergies start should you start taking your medication?

Depends: For seasonal allergy patients, starting one's seasonal allergy medications a couple of weekd before the season starts can be helpful. For those with cat or dog allergy and going to visit a house with cat or dog, one one can start to take one's medication a week or so before hand. ...Read more

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Can the use of medication cause a person to acquire any allergy to food?

Can the use of medication cause a person to acquire any allergy to food?

Potentially: Acid suppression from protein-pump inhibitors used on a regular basis is suspected to be a risk factor in developing food allergy however I have not seen such an association as yet. ...Read more

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What are the differences between different types of allergy medications?

What are the differences between different types of allergy medications?

Different Cartegorie: In general allergy medications are in several broad categories. Antihistamines (like allegra, claritin, zyrtec that are taken by mouth and Astelin / patanase which are nasal inhaled antihistamines); steroids which can be oral (prednisone), inhaled for the nose or lungs and topically applied for the eyes and skin. ...Read more

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Why is the number of mg of medication different in different allergy pills?

Why is the number of mg of medication different in different allergy pills?

Different medication: The mg. Amount of a drug will vary amongst the different classes of drugs because they are different compounds. Fexofenadine typically is a 180 mg dose, where loratidine is 10 mg. They are "equivalent" because in studies they block about the same number of histamine receptors and provide equal efficacy. ...Read more

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What are some allergy medications that work really well on an ongoing basis?

What are some allergy medications that work really well on an ongoing basis?

Several: Antihistamines are usually very well tolerated as well as topical or inhaled steroids. Leukotriene modifying agents such as singulair (montelukast) are also usually very well tolerated. ...Read more

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Allergies make me feel like I could pass out. What is a good medication to take?

Allergies make me feel like I could pass out. What is a good medication to take?

Allergies: Are you feeling congested in your nose, tired or itchy and sneezy? You can start by taking an over the counter antihistamine such as Allegra or zyrtec but you may need a prescription nasal spray to alleviate your congestion, ask your doctor for one. ...Read more

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And I'm not sure if I've accidentally overdosed on my allergy medications, is this a problem? What should I do?

And I'm not sure if I've accidentally overdosed on my allergy medications, is this a problem? What should I do?

Hard to answer: If you took too many traditional allergy medications you would become sleep. The more current allergy medications like Claritin (loratadine) and Allegra do not have this side effect to any extent. ...Read more

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Allergies, I get shots and I'm on two medications and never get allergies. What could be wrong with me? Is that normal?

Question unclear: You say you never get allergies, but you are on shots and 2 medications. What shots? Are they allergen desensitization (allergy shots)?
Could it be that your symptoms disappeared because of your treatment? Your question is not quite clear. ...Read more

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How do I test my self for allergies to medications? Or to cats? I was allergic cats years ago but I don't know if I still am. I'm 20 and a male.

It depends: Testing for allergy to medications is indicated only if you had a reaction to a drug in the past and it is important to find out if you are really allergic or you need to be treated with it again. There is no good blood test, usually a skin test is performed. In most cases, administering the drug in a controlled manner in clinic is necessary. If you were allergic to cats in the pat, you sill are. ...Read more