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Are there any allergy medicine that works against pet allergies?

Are there any allergy medicine that works against pet allergies?

Although: Antihistamines help - if you have frequent contact with pets that you appear to be allergic to - please see an allergist. ...Read more

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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What is good allergy medicine that works against pet allergies, what do you recommend?

What is good allergy medicine that works against pet allergies, what do you recommend?

Allergy shots/remove: All allergy medications will help with pet allergy, but not eliminate them. It also depends on what pet. Cat allergen is so potent that no medication is going to be truly effective. With dogs, removal from the bedroom, washing hands before going to bed and having "bedroom only clothes" may help significantly. Long term solution is desensitization (allergy shots) by a board-certified allergist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me can I overcome pet dander allergies?

Can you tell me can I overcome pet dander allergies?

One way to avoid: Symptoms is to avoid pets that have dander. Another way is to see your allergist for formal evaluation. Allergy shots can be effective - especially when combined with environmental controls. ...Read more

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Can a child with pet dander allergies go horseback riding?

Can a child with pet dander allergies go horseback riding?

Allergies: Preferably not. There may be other things in the barn that the child may be allergic to, like, molds, dust, and mites. Dogs, cats and rodents that livein a barn may also be a problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure pet dander allergies?

Is it possible to cure pet dander allergies?

Partially: There no "cures" for allergies, but allergy shots, when properly prescribed by an allergist can reduce sensitivity, often to a large extent. ...Read more

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How do I find out if I have pet dander allergies?

How do I find out if I have pet dander allergies?

Allergy Testing: Although you may already have a good idea that you are allergic to animals due to symptoms that occur upon exposure, allergy testing will help confirm your suspicions. Please don't be fooled by pet stores that advertise certain breeds as "hypoallergenic" because they don't shed their hair. It is the microscopic bits of skin or dander that cause most of the symptoms, and all dogs shed skin. ...Read more

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Is there a correlation between Tonsillectomy and increased pet allergies? Particularly, cat dander.

Is there a correlation between Tonsillectomy and increased pet allergies? Particularly, cat dander.

Not likely: There is an association between allergic rhinitis in general (pollens, dust mite, animal dander etc) and childhood andenotonsillar hypertrophy. I have never heard of an increase in incidence of pet/cat allergy post-tonsillectomy and a quick literature search came up empty. The tonsils house many controller cells that drive (or inhibit) antibody responses to infection so it is conceivable. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC allergy medicine?

What is the best OTC allergy medicine?

OTC Allergy: Not fair. Truly, it is trial-and-error. What works best for you might not work best for someone else. Loratadine is the weakest binding non-sedating antihistamine; Cetirizine is the strongest binding non-sedating antihistamine. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works better than both but it makes people sleepy. ...Read more

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Will taking expired allergy medicine hurt you?

Big question: There are a lot of allergy medications & your time span is enormous. Could you take a medication that expired last month? Yes. Last year? Yes, but it might not work as well. Five years ago? Sure but why bother? Medications don't become dangerous as they age just gradually less effective. One exception is Epinephrine it rapidly loses effectiveness after expiration & its needed to save lives. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy medicine for your child?

What is the best allergy medicine for your child?

Varies: Each child may respond differently to allergy medicines, all of the second generation antihistamines can be effective. These include loratadine, Cetirizine and fexofenadine. Each medication is dosed once daily and causes minimal sedation or behavioral effects. ...Read more

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What will happen if you overdose on allergy medicine?

What will happen if you overdose on allergy medicine?

It depends on the: Specific type of medicine and the amount of the overdose. Are you considering taking an overdose? Are you considering suicide as an option? You can call the national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255). For active suicide thoughts with a strong urge please be seen at your nearest er. Follow on psychological/ psychiatric care is important. ...Read more

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I seriously need strong allergy medicine please help!!?

I seriously need strong allergy medicine please help!!?

More Info: There are many types of allergy medication and they all do slightly different things. It is difficult to tell you what is a "strong" medicine without knowing your symptoms and what you have tried to treat them already. You can get Zyrtec and NAsacort (triamcinolone) over the counter and the combination of those two helps many people. If your symptoms are very severe you might need a steroid shot. ...Read more

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What is considered the most effective allergy medicine?

What is considered the most effective allergy medicine?

Numerous: There are numerous allergy medicines from antihistamines to prescription nasal sprays. Ask your doctor what is appropriate for your particular situation. ...Read more

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Seriously need strong allergy medicine. Please help me!?

Seriously need strong allergy medicine. Please help me!?

Many options: There are many options depending on symptoms. See a doctor to determine what approach is best for you. An allergist can help you determine what is triggering your symptoms and the best approach. ...Read more

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What is considered the most effective allergy medicine that works?

What is considered the most effective allergy medicine that works?

Many: The most effective allergy treatment for allergic rhinitis is the prescription nasal steroid sprays (qnasl, flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) etc) over the counter antihistamines can be very effective including claritin, zyrtec, and allegra. Some people will respond better to one over the other (for unclear reasons). The best long term therapy for significant environmental allergies is allergy injections. ...Read more

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Are there any allergy medicine for me to help me be around animals?

Are there any allergy medicine for me to help me be around animals?

Several options: Avoidance of the animal is the most effective treatment. If it too difficult to avoid animals, try reducing dander in home...get animal out of bedroom, purchase HEPA filter, wash animal twice a week. Try medicines like oral antihistamines and steroid nasal spray (both over the counter). See an allergist, allergy shots to animals are a possibility. ...Read more

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What allergy medicine has fexofenadine in it?

What allergy medicine has fexofenadine in it?

Allegra (fexofenadine): Allegra is the brand name product that contains fexofenadine. There are now generic medications containing fexofenadine available over the counter as well. You must read the active ingredient label to determine if an otc medication contains fexofenadine. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use an inhaler with allergy medicine?

Is it ok to use an inhaler with allergy medicine?

Yes: Inhalers are used to treat asthma and other lung problems and can be taken along with allergy medicines. ...Read more

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Need help docs! My allergy medicine is not working?

Need help docs! My allergy medicine is not working?

See a doctor: If allergy medicine is not working, see a doctor to determine if your problem is indeed an allergy. Then other treatments can be tried. ...Read more

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Does allergy medicine cause the bc pill to lose effect?

Does allergy medicine cause the bc pill to lose effect?

No: Antihistamines and decongestants should not affect the efficacy of oral contraceptives (bcps). ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine to use?

What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine to use?

Allergy medications: Unfortunately there is no "best" brand. Different patients respond better to one medication than to another. Loratadine, diphenhydramine, fexofenadine and certrizine are all effective. ...Read more

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What happened to the allergy medicine chlortrimeton 12 hour?

What happened to the allergy medicine chlortrimeton 12 hour?

Still around: Chlortrimeton is still available as an over the counter allergy medication. It is available as a generic chlorpheniramine tablet as well. Keep in mind that this antihistamine can cause sedation. ...Read more

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Does anybody know of an allergy medicine to give a 11 month old?

Does anybody know of an allergy medicine to give a 11 month old?

Please DON'T: Give an 11 month old this type of medication (unless specifically directed by a pediatrician_. ...Read more

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Can I take canesten oral while taking reaction allergy medicine?

Can I take canesten oral while taking reaction allergy medicine?

No: Not if you are taking allergy medicine for canesten oral ingredients, nor take it if you are taking astemezole, or have terfenadine laying around since it has been off market for couple of years now (also known as seldane). ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I take nyquil and allergy medicine together?

Antihistamine: Nyquil has Diphenhydramine in it, I believe, which is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which is an allergy medicine and causes somnolence. The dose is not high enough and long acting to preclude the use of the daytime, non-drowsy allergy medicine to help you during the day. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy medicine for kids ages 10 & 4 almost 5 yrs old.?

What is the best allergy medicine for kids ages 10 & 4 almost 5 yrs old.?

Depends on symptoms: The best allergy treatment depends on what kind of symptoms your child is having. Allergy cough is treated differently than allergy runny nose or allergy stuffy nose. See your doctor for discussion of these different options. ...Read more

Dander (Definition)

Dander is composed of dead cells ; proteins from ...Read more