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Allergy Medicines Over The Counter
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
You have to be cautious with any medication. Some antihistamines may cause you to be drowsy and impair you specially when driving, others do not have this effect. Read labels carefully and determine what is best for your lifestyle.
Avoidance of triggering factors is useful if you know what you are allergic to.
A visit to the allergist may be in order! ...Read more
OTC Allergy Medicine: Otc meds include oral anti-histamines which are longer acting and cause less tiredness, such as claritin/alavert, zyrtec, and allegra. Their generic counterparts are acceptable. Nasal sprays include nasalcrom, which is safe and non-habit forming. Eye drops such as alaway and zaditor (ketotifen) are good options. Decongestants present by pill, nasal spray, and eye drops should be used only short-term. ...Read more
I have a one year old that has allergies what over-the-counter medicine can I give him. He weighs 20 lbs ?
Check with pedi MD: Though there are several antihistamines available in liquid form only a few have dosing for under 2 years old. Before giving any meds to 1 year old you should check with the baby's pediatrician. ...Read more
I have allergies and over-the-counter medicine don't work what do I do to get rid of the allergies?
Allergies: See an allergist for testing and appropriate medical care. Add a salt water wash twice daily to your current regimen. It will help a lot. ...Read more
Do over-the-counter allergy medicines work for oral allergy syndrome if you take a pill before eating?
No: The only thing that works for oas is allergy shots to reduce your sensitivity. I don't know exactly why that is, but I've never met a single patient who had found any medication that prevented oas symptoms. ...Read more
What to do if I need to know of a very good over-the-counter allergy medicine for people allergic to cats?
I'm highly allergic to pollen. I tried singular and almost every over-the-counter allergy medicine. Is there another method or medication to help me?
Allergy shots: There are some prescription medications that could be tried including prescription nasal sprays. Another long -term approach is allergy shots; see a board certified allergist for evaluation. ...Read more
I have taken every over-the-counter drug possible. (zyrtec, clariton, etc.) is there a way to get rid of these allergies?
Sure there is!: Once medications no longer control your allergies, it is time to see a board certified allergist. You can get tested and see if you are a candidate for allergen desensitization. These provide you with long term relief from your allergies and minimize your dependence on medications. Find one in your local area at acaai. Org or aaaai. Org. ...Read more
Saline/antihistamine: You can try any over the counter antihistamine eye drops, avoid any that have additional medications in them such as a vasoconstrictor because they can cause rebound effect. Some examples: zyrtec, claritin, zaditor (ketotifen). Also use saline throughout the day which will help. Keep drops cool in refrigerator to provide more relief. ...Read more
Antihistamine: Depends on what medications you're taking. Most over-the-counter antihistamines would not pose a significant problem as long as the do not contain decongestant. Cannot comment on specific interactions without knowing what medications you're taking. ...Read more
What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for seasonal allergies? I heard OTC nose sprays should be avoided?
Allergy: Otc decongestant nose sprays like afrin are very helpful but can only be used 3-4 days. Medications like zyrtec and Allegra are very good. Nasal saline spray is good because it washes out pollen, etc from nose and also acts as mild decongestant. Eye drops like visine allergy are very helpful. Nasal crom nasal spraay is helpful and safe but inconvienent because it requires frequent use. ...Read more
? Over the counter medicine can you take for a cold or allergy's if you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis and heart mummer what over-the-counter med for cold and allergy male 57 emphysema chronic bronchitis and heart mummer can't tak
Talk to YOUR doctor: If you have emphysema/bronchitis, you need a physician with experience in treating pulmonary diseases, and should probably be on a number of medications, including regular inhalers to improve pulmonary function, and acute "rescue" inhalers for sudden symptoms. There are other meds as well. What otc meds you take depends on your other meds, blood pressure etc, and cause of heart murmur. See md. ...Read more
I have high blood pressure, is there a good over-the-counter medicine for allergies and sinus headaches and pressure?
What is the best allergy treatment for eyes I mean the best eye drops for allergy. Not over-the-counter drugs. Oral antihistamine alone not helping.
Patanol (olopatadine): I prefer patanol (olopatadine) drops. There are others which are similar. The important thing is to wash your face with a cool wash cloth before applying to remove any lingering allergens from your facial skin and around your eyes. This helps my patients a great deal. If you're not better with drops see an allergist for testing, you may want to consider allergy shots. ...Read more
I have really bad allergies. My eyes swell shut, my face gets swolen, and I get feverish and all that sneezing..... This happens every year at least twice during the season. I can normally take an over-the-counter medicine once the seasn has started to
Tinnitus in one ear for over 3 weeks. I think it may be OME but not sure. Tried over the counter allergy medicine and natural remedies to no avail.
Eyes get red, itchy, and swell aggravated. I have tried over-the-counter allergy medicines along with eye drops. Nothing helps. Do I need a eye doctor?
My three year old son is experiencing coughing, yellow runny nose, watery eyes, and dark colored lose stowels for the last 3days I have tried using over-the-counter children allergy medicine but his condition continues to worsen.
If: If your son is worsening instead of improving, you should call his doctor and have him seen. Viral illnesses can last 7-10 days total, but should start to improve after the first 3 to 4. If he is worsening, he could be developing a bacterial super-infection such as sinusitis, an ear infection or bronchitis. Good luck! ...Read more
Itchy throat, itchy eyes, and runny nose. What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?
Numerous: There are numerous over the counter medications depending on your problem and other health issues/medications you may be taking. Claritin, Allegra and zyrtec are all antihistamines which used to be prescription and generally have fewer side effects than older antihistamines such as benadryl (diphenhydramine). It is best to ask your doctor or pharmacist about what may be appropriate for your situation. ...Read more
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