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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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Please help! what is the most effective anti-allergy OTC pill?

Please help! what is the most effective anti-allergy OTC pill?

Several: Several otc medications you can get to treat your allergy symptoms. They all contain antihistamine. Some have fast onset but does not last long (benadryl) and also cause drowsiness. The second generation antihistamine last longer and does not cause drowsiness like zyrtec, allergra, claritin, (loratadine) of which Claritin (loratadine) has the longest onset. Seek specialist help from an allergist if your symptoms are severe. ...Read more

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How long can I take anti-allergy meds(zirtac, xoxal)?

How long can I take anti-allergy meds(zirtac, xoxal)?

Allergy Medications: Most patients can take medications to relieve symptoms of allergy for many years without problems or side effects. Suggests to reduce the use, use a nasal cortisone medication for nasal symptoms only. When in air conditioning during the day, such as at a job, do not take medication. When outside, or exposed to your allergens, take the medication. If you have a lot of allergies, take it daily. ...Read more

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Please tell me what anti-allergy medicine do you recommend?

Please tell me what anti-allergy medicine do you recommend?

Allergy meds: A bunch are available over the counter, allegra, zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) are all well tolerated, but you did not describe your symptoms, so not sure if they wil work for you. ...Read more

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I am taking singular tablet as an anti allergy. My ALT level elevated to 74 which was normal in june. What should I do?

I am taking singular tablet as an anti allergy. My ALT level elevated to 74  which was normal in june. What should I do?

Talk to doctor: An alt of 74 may not be concerning depending on your previous level. Did it just increase by 10 points or did it double or triple? An elevated alt could be a sign of liver damage but it is not always. Your doctor can help determine if singulair (montelukast) is the culprit or if there is another cause. So talk to your doctor and decide together if singulair (montelukast) is still ok to take. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter anti-allergy medication?

What is the best over-the-counter anti-allergy medication?

Depends: While it does depend somewhat as to what allergy you are treating, zyrtec and Allegra (fexofenadine) (generics are fine) are now both over the counter, non-sedating, and well tolerated by most people. ...Read more

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Is it possible to conceive while taking anti allergy pills?

Is it possible to conceive while taking anti allergy pills?

Yes: I'm assuming you mean antihistamines. Yes, it is possible to conceive while on antihistamines and most other allergy meds. ...Read more

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What is the best anti-allergy medication for year-round allergens?

What is the best anti-allergy medication for year-round allergens?

Allergy magic bullet: It's different for everyone. Most people respond well to antihistamines like zyrtec, Allegra & claritin, but some do not, & require intranasal steroid sprays. Even that is not enough for some, and medications like singulair (montelukast) or Accolate are used. Beyond that, allergy shots may help better in others. There is no single magic bullet. Check with your doctor, and figure out which is best for you. ...Read more

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Is there a side-effect in taking anti-allergy medicine for a long time, like 6 months?

Is there a side-effect in taking anti-allergy medicine for a long time, like 6 months?

Generally not: Many people take allergy mede for yrs and yrs. It only treats te symptoms and does nothing to address underlying causes of allergies. Nutrition is important. Supporting immune system is important. Allergy shots or sublingual drop therapy would be a better long term solution. ...Read more