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Dr. Paul Lindner Dr. Lindner
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
32 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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I have allergies (hives) that are itchy only during evenings and come on and off times what's wrong with me? Its been almost a month, its not bed bugs cuz we bug sprayed it a week ago just incase. Some hives stay and itch like crazy, some comes on and off

I have allergies (hives) that are itchy only during evenings and come on and off times what's wrong with me? Its been almost a month, its not bed bugs cuz we bug sprayed it a week ago just incase. Some hives stay and itch like crazy, some comes on and off

Hives: Hives are a common problem with many potential triggers. You should see an allergist for a variety of food and other tests as well as labs performed to rule out systemic etiologic factors for hives. Medications to relieve the hives can be given.

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


Dr. Linda Green Dr. Green
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
41 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Can spray tans cause allergies?

Can spray tans cause allergies?

They could: Spray tans contain various chemicals which could cause allergic rashes if you are sensitive to those chemicals. The rash may take a day or two to appear.

Dr. Ankush Bansal Dr. Bansal
Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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Fragrance makes me ill. When I go into a home, a taxi, even a spa, I leave asap if someone has sprayed, burnt incense or candles, etc. Is it allergies!?

Fragrance makes me ill. When I go into a home, a taxi, even a spa, I leave asap if someone has sprayed, burnt incense or candles, etc. Is it allergies!?

No: It is not an allergy but a hyper-sensitivity. Many people have this issue. Avoidance is the most effective treatment for it. That's not always possible but you can at least inform acquaintances, friends, and family to not use strong aromas.

Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Is it safe to use an expired allergy spray that's about 3 months too old?

Is it safe to use an expired allergy spray that's about 3 months too old?

No: All medications have expiration dates beyond which there is no guarantee that the medication will be effective.

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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About skin allergy cause due to the mosquito spray?

About skin allergy cause due to the mosquito spray?

Contact: Many ingredients used in the spray can induce a contact allergic reactions on the skin. The onset of the rash may not occur until 24-72 hrs after the contact. If changing brands does not help, contact a derm or allergist to find out which ingredient may the the culprit.

Dr. David Mann Dr. Mann
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
26 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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The fluticasone spray is for allergy. Is there certain time I should use it, such as breakfast, or lunch, or etc...?

The fluticasone spray is for allergy. Is there certain time I should use it, such as breakfast, or lunch, or etc...?

Dose time: The main thing is consistent use. It takes 2-3 days to get the full dose built up in the membranes. Since the spray is only done once daily, just make sure the dose is taken around the same time daily therefore spacing each dose around 24 hrs. Remember-- the exact time isn't a big deal with this med. Consistent daily use is what is important!

Dr. Cindy Williams Dr. Williams
Pediatrics
35 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What is the best sunscreen in the US market? My son and I had an allergy reaction on couple of sunscreen such as spray kind and some lotion type.

What is the best sunscreen in the US market? My son and I had an allergy reaction on couple of sunscreen such as spray kind and some lotion type.

Contact dermatitis: Unfortunately, allergies are vary from person to person, so predicting which one is best is difficult. Check the ingredients of the ones that you were allergic to, for ones they have in common. Maybe you can narrow it down. Also, look for 'sensitive skin' products; dye free, fragrance free. Sunscreens designed for babies may be an idea, as well.

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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What are some common nasal sprays for allergies?

What are some common nasal sprays for allergies?

OTC: Flonase and nasacort, (triamcinolone) are intranasal steroids, nasalcrom is a mast cell stabilizer, read the labels and instructions carefully, if no improvement after one week, discontinue use and see your doctor

Dr. Brant Ward Dr. Ward
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
9 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Which nasal spray should I buy for my allergies?

Which nasal spray should I buy for my allergies?

Talk with your doc: The best for nasal allergies is a corticosteroid nasal spray (flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) rhinocort, etc.) that must be prescribed by your doctor. These all work about the same, though some people may respond better to 1 vs another. Dryness can be helped by otc saline sprays. Otc nasal rinses (e.g. Neti pot) can help as well. Avoid using otc decongestant sprays for more than ~3 days at a time. See your md.

Dr. Anthony LaBarbera Dr. LaBarbera
Pediatrics
24 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Dr. David Mann Dr. Mann
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
26 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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What kind of nasal spray and pills could I use if allergy?

What kind of nasal spray and pills could I use if allergy?

Allergy meds: Over-the-counter (otc)medications such as Allegra or zyrtec or their generic equilavents work well. Nasalcrom is an otc nasal spray which helps allergy but has to be used often (5x/day). Nasal saline spray is helpful also. It cleans the nose of allergens, like dust and pollen, and acts as a mild decongestant. If symptoms persist, they may not be allergy--see your doctor.

Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What is the best nasal spray for allergies? Intended for long term use.

What is the best nasal spray for allergies? Intended for long term use.

Nasal steroids: The nasal steroids as a class are the drugs of choice. None of them is the best. Patients often like one better than the other so it is reasonable to try a few. Some patients get good relief with nasal antihistamines.

Dr. David Rosenthal Dr. Rosenthal
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
17 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Where can I buy the cheapest allergy nasal spray; which ones are generic now?

Where can I buy the cheapest allergy nasal spray; which ones are generic now?

Depends...: Different insurance companies have different preferred brands. Nasal sprays can have different medicines;. Common ones are saline, steroids, or antihistamines. Fluticasone nasal is one generic steroid available in the usa. Some drug companies offer "drug assistance" programs and "discount cards". Call your insurance company, ask a local pharmacist, or search for discount cards on the internet.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Dr. Victor Bonuel Dr. Bonuel
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Far Eastern University, Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation
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So I'm always getting stuffy noses in the summer and I'm not sure if its allergies or something worse. The only thing that really helps is nasal spray?

So I'm always getting stuffy noses in the summer and I'm not sure if its allergies or something worse. The only thing that really helps is nasal spray?

Nasal spray: Containing steroids and/or antihistamines should help along with avoidance of offending agents or allergens. Consider seeing an allergist for allergy testing and immunotherapy. Take care! Http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/177311-natural-herbal-remedies-for-allergies/#page=1 h ttp://www. M.Webmd. Com/allergies/spring-allergy-tips.

Dr. Neil Baman Dr. Baman
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
16 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Is astelin (azelastine) allergy spray addictive or not?

Is astelin (azelastine) allergy spray addictive or not?

No: Astelin nasal spray is not addictive like some other medications. It is a topical antihistamine spray that can provide relief for patients with symptoms of chronic rhinitis, such as sneezing, runny nose, postnasal drip, and nasal congestion.

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Dr. Paul Diamond Dr. Diamond
Family Medicine
41 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I'm worried I have the rebound congestion from the allergy nasal sprays?

I'm worried I have the rebound congestion from the allergy nasal sprays?

Probably so: This is quite common from otc sprays, check the box and if it says not to use for more than 3 days, you'll need prescription medication treatment.

Dr. Leah Alexander Dr. Alexander
Pediatrics
20 years in practice
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
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Which is better for seasonal allergies: nasal steroid sprays like Dymestra or steroid injections?

Which is better for seasonal allergies: nasal steroid sprays like Dymestra or steroid injections?

Allergy nasal sprays: Steroid injections are not appropriate treatments for seasonal allergies. Usually, a combination of antihistamines and nasal sprays can be helpful. Steroid nasal sprays reduce inflammation inside the nose in order to allow improved breathing. They must be used daily and they take about 1 week to achieve peak efficacy.

Dr. Jon Fishburn Dr. Fishburn
Ophthalmology
26 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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How long can I use Zicam allergy nasal spray for?

How long can I use Zicam allergy nasal spray for?

Recall concern: Fda posted a warning concerning intranasal zinc. .."while zicam also makes zinc-containing oral cold remedies, these are not subject to this warning because the development of anosmia appears to be related to the intranasal application of zinc." anosmia is the liss of smell. You should consult your physician regarding this warning.