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Allergy shots or antihistamine pills which works better?

Allergy shots or antihistamine pills which works better?

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

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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Are allergy shots more effective as allergy pill treatments?

Are allergy shots more effective as allergy pill treatments?

Yes: They work better, work systemically, give long term symptom control, and reduce the risk of asthma and further sensitizations. ...Read more

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If i've conjunctivitis allergy, can it heal by allergy injection therapy ?Tried allergy meds : allegysal, patanol (olopatadine) and avil, Claritin loratadine, please help

If i've conjunctivitis allergy, can it heal by allergy injection therapy ?Tried allergy meds : allegysal, patanol (olopatadine) and avil, Claritin loratadine, please help

Yes: Treatment of allergic conjunctivitis starts with eliminating or avoiding the allergen as well as rinsing the allergen from your eyes with plain water (reduces the allergen load). Allergy shots can help as can oral allergy meds. There are eye drops that help a great deal also. Steroid eye drops are very effective but are not used long term due to risk of glaucoma and cataract. ...Read more

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Might I use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) itch cream(extra strength) with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy pills?

Might I use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) itch cream(extra strength) with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy pills?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Not sure what you are treating. The cream works best to relieve itchy insect bites. The pill is for more systemic allergies. You can use them together but i don't see what for. ...Read more

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Acetaminophen safe with allergy pills?

Acetaminophen safe with allergy pills?

Providing your not: Taking other med with acetaminophen, no tyleniol or percocet- new warnings lately about over use of the otc drug ; bodily harm with overdosage. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and also use allergy eye drops (naphazoline & pheniramine)?

Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and also use allergy eye drops (naphazoline & pheniramine)?

Yes: These drugs can supplement each other. Any systemic effect of the eyedrops is trivial compared to the strength of the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) so the combination is useful if the allergic symptoms are affecting other parts of your body. ...Read more

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If i'm allergic to sulfa (anaphylaxis), can i use ketoconazole? what are other good oral and topical prescription stregnth antifungals

If i'm allergic to sulfa (anaphylaxis), can i use ketoconazole? what are other good oral and topical prescription stregnth antifungals

Bactrim-?: Is not an antifingal medication. OTC antifungal topicals are Lotrimin AF and Miconozole. Rx: Diflucan, Nystatin, Nizoral (ketoconazole) tablets or cream,Myclex troches- must be prescribed by your physician. ...Read more

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Use eye drops meds for high IOP. Is it safe to use OTC nasal spray Nasacort (triamcinolone) to control allergies?

Use eye drops meds for high IOP. Is it safe to use OTC nasal spray Nasacort (triamcinolone) to control allergies?

Likely ok: Although the WHO statement mentioned increase IOP as a potential problem with nasal steroid, I have not seen such an association. The best way to find out is to check the IOP after you have been on nasal steroid for about a month if you are really concerned. ...Read more

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Is there any systemic absorption when using intranasal steroid medication for allergy treatment?

Is there any systemic absorption when using intranasal steroid medication for allergy treatment?

Very little: Almost nil. Some people who are very sensitive to steroids say they may feel a little difference, but normally systemic spread is very very little, if at all. ...Read more

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Does allergy medicine like Zyrtec lessen the nexplanon?

Does allergy medicine like Zyrtec lessen the nexplanon?

No: They don't interact, good that you asked, always exercise caution with multiple medications, if you are in doubt, use two methods of birth control, as condoms in addition, good luck ...Read more

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How to relieve allergys without taking medication or using nasal washes?

How to relieve allergys without taking medication or using nasal washes?

Avoidance: First, get allergy testing done to know which allergens affect you most. Next, eliminate those allergens from your environment. Dust-proofing the home/office is not entirely achievable, but still helps with dust mite allergy. A pet allergy may cost you your pet! if you are allergic to mold, it must be eliminated from the home or office. The only other option is immunotherapy, or allergy shots. ...Read more

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Why is it that you shouldn't use allergy pills while also using medicated itch-cream?

Why is it that you shouldn't use allergy pills while also using medicated itch-cream?

What???!!!??: Who told you that? If you have a rash or bad itchiness, then a combination of a topical anti-itch and an oral antihistamine is fine. ...Read more

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Do you take allergy pill with nightquil?

Do you take allergy pill with nightquil?

Not necessary: Nyquil is a multi-symptom cold relief medication that already contains an antihistamine. Therefore it is not necessary to take additional antihistamines such as found in allergy tablets. ...Read more

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What is the most effective allergy pill ?

What is the most effective allergy pill ?

The one that works: The most effective one is the one that works. All of them are good, but not all of them work for everyone, just have to try and see. Try a 24 hour allergy medicine and take daily for allergies. ...Read more

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What is the best pill to take for allergies?

What is the best pill to take for allergies?

Antihistamines: There are several newer antihistamines that are now over the counter. They all are about the same. Allegra, zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) to name a few. Try these at suggested dosage. If they don't work, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any pills to help against allergies?

Are there any pills to help against allergies?

Many : There are numerous medicines to treat allergies both over the counter and by prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist what is most appropriate for your situation. ...Read more

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For what length of time do allergy pills last?

For what length of time do allergy pills last?

Varies: Most new generation antihistamines (allergy pills) such as allegra, zyrtec, claritin, etc can be taken once or twice a day meaning their good effects should last 12 to 24 hours. Older antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are taken up to 4 times a day meaning the good effect may last only 4 to 6 hours (and make you sleepy!) an allergist can assist in finding the right treatment plan. ...Read more

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How long does symptoms last from allergy pill?

Varies: If you are asking about side effects from allergy medicine (?Drowsiness), it can vary according to the medicine you took, the dose and how your body handles it. Since many allergy medicines are taken once a day, it could take a day or so for the effects to wear off. ...Read more

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How long does an allergy pill stay in your body?

How long does an allergy pill stay in your body?

Depends: Multiple factors influence the duration of a medication in the body. Firstly, some medications are "short-acting" while others are "long-acting". Then, different bodies process medications faster than others. Finally, conditions which can affect removal (e.g. Kidney diseases) can cause a delay in elimination of the medication and therefore lingering effects. Typically 4-6h, 12h or 24h. ...Read more

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What will happen if i overdose on allergy pills?

What will happen if i overdose on allergy pills?

Drowsiness,: It is believed that most people can tolerate up to 4 x the usual dose of antihistamine especially with the non-sedating ones. But you have taken 20 times the dose, the story may be different. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy pill for cat allergies?

What is the best allergy pill for cat allergies?

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, 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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How long before allergy pills leave your system?

How long before allergy pills leave your system?

It Depends: It depends on which medicine you have taken. Some are gone in 12 hours while there are a few that can actually last for up to a week. ...Read more

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I took 15 allergy pills an hour ago.. Will i die?

I took 15 allergy pills an hour ago.. Will i die?

Very unlikely BUT...: Since i don't know what kind please call poison control at 1-800-222-1222. I don't know any allergy pills that are likely to cause a fatal overdose at that dose but the important question is why you took 15 pills. Were you hoping to die? Please see a psychiatrist or counselor as soon as possible for counseling around the issues that inspired you to take 15 allergy pills. ...Read more

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My allergy pills aren't working what should I do?

My allergy pills aren't working what should I do?

Allergist can help: The most effective treatment for allergic rhinitis are the topical nasal steroid sprays. They are safe and effective, but require a prescription. Allergy pills are usually antihistamines and only block the effect of histamine. An allergist can assist in finding the trigger of the allergies and give advice on avoidance measures and other medications available. ...Read more

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Is it okay that i start taking allergy pills again?

If symptomatic: Antihistamines are generally safe at the recommended doses, and clafritin and Allegra (fexofenadine) do not cause drowsiness. If you have high blood pressure or heart problems pills with a decongestant could be a problem. Antihistamines should be stopped before skin testing. ...Read more

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How long should it take for an allergy pill to work?

How long should it take for an allergy pill to work?

1/2 to 1 hour: Some antihistamines require metabolism in the liver to be converted into the most effective form to block histamine. These antihistamines take at least 1 hour to become effective. However, some antihistamines like allegra, xyzal (levocetirizine) and Clarinex are already in the active form and begin to work as soon as they are absorbed which take about 30 minutes. ...Read more

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Could you advise what allergy pills do you recommend?

Allergy meds: All over the counter second generation antihistamines are good: allegra, zyrtec and claritin (loratadine). ...Read more

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Can you tell me some pills to help against allergies?

Can you tell me some pills to help against allergies?

Antihistamines: I assume you are speaking about nasal allergies also called ragweed allergies or outdoor seasonal allergies. Some people have indoor allergies. I would try an over the counter antihistamine such as generic zyrtec or Claritin or Allegra or benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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Can I take expired allergy pill. It expired sept 2011?

Not unsafe...: But probably less efficacious. If you still want to take it, it will likely not harm you but may not work as well as an unexpired dose. ...Read more

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