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Doctor insights on: Allergy Relief Medication

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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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How do I get allergy relief?

How do I get allergy relief?

Allergies: First and foremost, get in to see an allergist to find out what you are allergic to. Over the counter allergy medications are never very effective although it is a multi-billion dollar industry that the american public believes helps based on the lies of commercials. See your allergist, find out what you are allergic to, and come up with a good plan of action to avoid and treat. ...Read more

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How can I get allergy relief?

How can I get allergy relief?

Self treat allergies: Avoidance is first. There are multiple otc antihistamines that can help sneezing and itching, other nasal, chest, gi, and skin symptoms require prescription medication. If these do not give adequate control, are not tolerated, or there are more severe or concurrent diseases see a board certified allergist. ...Read more

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What OTC products work for allergy relief?

What OTC products work for allergy relief?

Several: There are several otc allergy medicines that are available. Some examples include allegra, zyrtec and claritin (loratadine). ...Read more

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What is a method at home I can do for allergy relief?

What is a method at home I can do for allergy relief?

Avoidance: The best way to deal with allergies is avoidance of allergens and triggers whenever possible. Other approaches include medications (over the counter and prescription) and allergy shots. An allergist can help identify allergens and triggers and MAP out an appropriate treatment plan. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what to do for allergy relief help please?

I'm curious as to what to do for allergy relief help please?

Allergy medications: I suppose you refer to seasonal allergic rhino conjunctivitis treatment, which we commonly refer to as seasonal allergy symptoms or hay fever. You can try otc antihistamine and newly approved OTC nose spray. However, those are weak medications. If you are still symptomatic, you might want to see your doctor to get stronger and more efficient medications. ...Read more

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Do allergy relief pillows work well?

Do allergy relief pillows work well?

Yes but: There are several companies that claim that they have allergy pillows but not all are not the same. Google mission:allergy -- this is a company run by an allergist (not my company) and offers high quality allergy covers and pillows that are effective. ...Read more

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Can I give equate allergy relief and q tap?

For yourself: For yourself or a child?
Equate has Diphenhydramine for allergies. Most Q-tap for colds does not have an antihistamine in it, so should be fine. As long as not antihistamine in the qtap. ...Read more

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What is the best seasonal allergy relief medicine?

Depends on symptoms: If you have primarily symptoms of nasal congestion, nasal steroids or nasal antihistamines applied topically gives good relief. If your symptoms include itchiness, etc, antihistamine as a pill is helpful. If our symptoms are primarily with eye irritation, eye drop antihistamines are excellent. ...Read more

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How long can I safely use Zicam allergy relief for?

How long can I safely use Zicam allergy relief for?

Change meds: There are much better medicine than zicam. I recommend changing Zicam to Allegra (fexofenadine) 180 mg once daily for allergy relief. Allegra (fexofenadine) does not cause drowsiness. If you are pregnant do not take Allegra (fexofenadine) and use zyrtec instead. ...Read more

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I took 8 equate allergy relief. Should I be worried?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Equate is diphenhydramine, 8 x 25mg is quite a big dose and you will probably fall asleep from this dose and feel groggy for another day. It is not dangerous but I would not do it again. You are better off seeing a doctor to treat what you are trying to treat with this medication without overdosing on it. ...Read more

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Can a child take melatonin and allergy relief together?

Can a child take melatonin and allergy relief together?

Yes, but:: Many antihistamines make children either sleepy or overexcited, so melatonin may work too well or not at all when taken with an antihistamine. ...Read more

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How long can I use Zicam allergy relief? What's in Zicam anyway?

Not Much: Zicam allergy relief nasal spray contains several unproven homeopathic substances which supposedly get stronger the more they are diluted. You're just rinsing out your nose with really expensive water. ...Read more

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What can occur if I gave a 3 year old (35 pounds) allergy relief?

What can occur if I gave a 3 year old (35 pounds) allergy relief?

Depends: Most allergy medicine is sedating. Some allergy medicines have very few side effects. If you are concerned about the effects and the dose, you can call poison control with the exact name and dose of the medications and they can advise you what to do and what you are likely to see. ...Read more

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Why do the majority of allergy relief medicines contain things that put you to sleep?

Why do the majority of allergy relief medicines contain things that put you to sleep?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Most allergy medications are anti-histamines. Older ones like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) easily cross into the brain and block histamine. Histamine in the brain is a wake promoting neuro-transmitter. Histamine in the skin, lungs, causes typical allergy symptoms. Newer generation anti-histamines (claritin, allegra) do not cross as easily into the brain and are not usually associated with sleepiness although all can. ...Read more

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When can I start to see allergy relief after eyedrops, and what can I do besides eyedrops?

When can I start to see allergy relief after eyedrops, and what can I do besides eyedrops?

Eyedrops: You should notice improvement within minutes. If not what you have may not be allergies or may require prescription medications. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever heard of a product for allergy relief called "rootology"? Its all natural and supposed to give fast relief. Reviews?

Has anyone ever heard of a product for allergy relief called "rootology"? Its all natural and supposed to give fast relief. Reviews?

No: But most herbal medicine really does not work that well for hay fever symptoms although a chinese herbal formula (not in market yet) has shown some efficacy in controlling food allergies.
Base on the name, I presume that the product is made from plant roots possibly with some licorice and ginseng thrown in. ...Read more

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I recently purchased a store brand allergy relief in a form of capsules. The expiration date is 12/2015. Is it safe to take and is it still effective?

I recently purchased a store brand allergy relief in a form of capsules. The expiration date is 12/2015. Is it safe to take and is it still effective?

Expired: Drugs may still be effective or inactive due to the disintegration of the chemicals. Since the effectiveness is not certain it is advisable to use non expired drugs ...Read more

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What should you put in an allergy relief kit?

What should you put in an allergy relief kit?

Depends: It depends on what and how severe your allergies are. For most households I would recommend the following: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tablet or liquid, Hydrocortisone cream, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) gel, zyrtec tablet or liquid. If you have serious problems with insect stings keep an Epipen injection. If yu have asthma carry an albuterol inhaler. ...Read more

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Is it normal that cvs non-drowsy allergy relief-d actually makes me drowsy?

Is it normal that cvs non-drowsy allergy relief-d actually makes me drowsy?

Possible: Everyon metabolizes medications differently and some people get untoward side effects such as lethargy, even in cases where the medication is not supposed to cause that. You may be that person. If it causes severe drowsines, do not drive and take it at night before bed. ...Read more

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Can you take allergy relief and sinus relief together?

Can you take allergy relief and sinus relief together?

Depends: If both contain similar ingredients, then you may get an overdose of the medication. As for safety, we will need to know what the exact medications are to give you an answer. ...Read more

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Can I give my otherwise healthy 15 month old baby allergy relief medicine?

Can I give my otherwise healthy 15 month old baby allergy relief medicine?

Allergy treatment: For young children, a pediatric trained allergist is a great resource. There are safe and effective treatments for allergies in infants and toddlers. However, the homeopathic product allergy relief on the market is not appropriate treatment nor standard of care for managing allergies. ...Read more

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What can help with allergy relief for the eyes?

What can help with allergy relief for the eyes?

Avoid allergen, meds: If you know the cause of the allergic reaction, then by all means avoid it. If you need to treat it there are a variety of otc meds such as zaditor, (ketotifen) and ophcon a. Prescription help from your ophthalmologist such as Patanol is also useful and in serious cases, topical steroids can be prescribed. ...Read more

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Do inhaled steroids work to give allergy relief?

Do inhaled steroids work to give allergy relief?

Yes: If you mean inhaled nasal steroids, yes. They are probably the best and most effective way of treating allergic rhinitis. I use them first line and use oral antihistamines as "rescue" medications. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for pollen allergy relief for baby?

What do you recommend for pollen allergy relief for baby?

Rarely real allergy: Congestion is a normal response of the airway to inhaled dust, fumes, dry heat, pollen, etc. As well as infection. Airway mucous traps debris particles and works to remove them. Vaporizers help thin heavy mucous in some. Avoid cleaning products with heavy odors, perfumes, and smoke and change ac filters often. A particle filter for babys room may also help. Nasal saline as a wash is helpful. ...Read more

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Has anyone else had Xanax (alprazolam) allergy relief bad effects?

Has anyone else had Xanax (alprazolam) allergy relief bad effects?

Not allergy medicine: Xanax (alprazolam) is not an allergy relief medication. It is an anti-anxiety medication. ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot take antihistamines, how can I get allergy relief?

What to do if I cannot take antihistamines, how can I get allergy relief?

Options to treat: 1. AVOIDANCE (strategies depend on what you're allergic to. For pollen use A/C, close windows, wash face and hands when you get home)
2. nasal steroid spray
3. antihistamine nasal spray
4. antihistamine eye drops
5. allergy shots ...Read more