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Antihistamine Nasal Decongest Medication
I have an ear infection and runny nose. Currently breasfeeding. What medications (antibiotic and antihistamine) can I take for my baby to be safe?
My wife is constantly coughing and the medication she is on isn't working. It's a wet cough but the last doctor did not prescribe anti biotics. What must we do next. She is on a Multi vitamin, nose spray and antihistamine?
Revisit or: second opinion are needed. Not all coughs require antibiotics: 80++% of upper respiratory infections are viral. More importantly is cough control and several excellent Rxs are available. Until seen again use Delsym DB every 13 hrs if not allergic to this medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergic reactions include runny nose and watery eyes. Can antihistamine drugs help prevent or decrease the effects of an allergic reaction?
Severe symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, sneezing caused by wood dust allergy. Is antihistamines the best drug to treat this symptoms?
YES: and also nasal rinse with normal saline. ...Read more
Not one: Newer antihistamines work to stop itching and sneezing, but unfortunately do little to stop drainage. Older antihistamines may have some ability to stop mucus production, but have side effects like drowsiness. Daily saline rinse for the nose (eg, neti pot) can help. See your doctor or an allergist--there may be prescription meds (eg, ipratropium nasal spray) that can better treat your symptoms. ...Read more
What is the difference between nasal decongestant and antihistamine ? When do you use each med ? Which one is better ?
Allergies: A nasal decongestant can be a nasal steroid, a nasal vasoconstrictor such as afrin and an oral decongestant such as pseudoephedrine. The nasal steroid is the safest long term option. The other 2 carry significant side effects. An antihistamine helps with the sneezing, runny nose and itching symptoms. ...Read more
Oxymetazoline: No, Oxymetazoline is a decongestant. It temporarily helps with nasal congestion by constricting the local blood vessels and reducing swelling and congestion. If used more than 3 days, it can cause a rebound effect and worsen symptoms. Antihistamines are a separate class of medications. They block the effects histamine, which help reduce the watery eyes and runny nose. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can antihistamines help reduce mucus flow to treat post-nasal drip, or do they just dry it up (thus making it thicker)?
Antihistamines: Would help the sneeze, the itchiness, and to a lesser extent the secretions. Mucous flow is generally due to inflammation, which can be due to allergies, viruses, irritants, etc..so the key in management is to reduce the inflammation of whatever reason. Proper assessment by an ENT / an Allergist is what you need, good luck ...Read more
Is it ok to take a nasal antihistamine and a nasal steroid? Or better to switch to a pill form of antihistamine if on a nasal steroid?
I have allergy symptoms year round and the biggest concern is constant post nasal drip, what is the most effective antihistamine for post nasal drip?
Been prescribed flomax for under active bladder. Causing severe nasal congestion to the point where I cant breathe and struggle to sleep. What can I take to decongest as antihistamines are alpha antagonists and flomax is an alpha blocker?
Stop Flomax: The side effect you are experiencing is annoying, but but not dangerous. Stop the Flomax and talk to your doctor about an alternative medication. ...Read more
Hi. I've had terrible post nasal drip the last week. Home remedies and antihistamines haven't helped. what can I take that will get rid of the PND?
Your dr can: prescribe medications for you. Post nasal drip often lasts for weeks. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more
I ve chronic nasal problems, and bronchiectasis, will it be harmful to use antihistamines for nasal issues coz this may make chest mucus dry and stuck
Nasal issues: You can use nasal antihistamines that will only affect the nasal passages. ...Read more
What's the best way to reduce mucus production if antihistamines and nasal steroids are not working? Thanks!
What exactly does an antihistamine do to the body? I have chronic nasal congestion, will it improve that or worsen it?
Decrease inflammatio: Antihistamines may decrease the inflammation caused by allergies causing your nasal congestion. It can't make it worse. It should improve it, if allergy is the cause. Try to figure out what the allergic cause is, if it is something like dust, a hepaair filter might help and you might need to rely on antihistamines. The causes are many including mold, dust, pollen, etc. ...Read more
Hello. I wish to combine a nasal spray (beclometasone diproprionate) with a an antihistamine tablet (loratadine). Will this be safe enough? Thanks.
Yes: There should be no problem with these ...Read more
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