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Are antihistamines for asthma control?

Are antihistamines for asthma control?

Sometimes: Whren asthma attacks are triggered by allergen, an antihistamine can be helpful. Recommend a non-centrally acting antihistamine like Claritin (loratadine) to prevent sedation. Talk t o you physician before your start any self-medication. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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Is antihistamine bad for asthma..if not what is the safest antihistamine to take with minimum side effects?

Is antihistamine bad for asthma..if not what is the safest antihistamine to take with minimum side effects?

No: Antihistamines are not bad to take if you have asthma, however if you're using them to treat asthma symptoms this is not appropriate. Antihistamines are for itchy, sneezy symptoms secondary to allergies. Asthma medications include albuterol and daily inhaled steroids. Non-sedating antihistamines like Claritn, Zyrtec, and Allegra (fexofenadine) have relatively equal efficacy and safety profiles ...Read more

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Is it ok to take ventolin and an antihistamine if I have an asthma attack?

Is it ok to take ventolin and an antihistamine if I have an asthma attack?

OK but why: Adding antihistamine to the standard asthma treatment does not bring any extra benefit. ...Read more

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Does anticholinergic or antihistamine alone relieve bronchoconstriction in asthma? Will doctors prescribe one or another or both with beta 2 agonist?

Does anticholinergic or antihistamine alone relieve bronchoconstriction in asthma? Will doctors prescribe one or another or both with beta 2 agonist?

Anticholinergic: Anticholinergic but not the usual doses of antihistamine relieves bronchoconstriction in some people. It may be used as a combination with a beta 2 agonist as in the case of combivent (albuterol and ipratropium). However persistent asthma should be treated with a controller drug such as inhaled steroid and/or a leukotriene blocker. Using just beta agonist alone on a regular basis may actually make your asthma worse. ...Read more

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I have mild asthma and take antihistamines year round, i've stopped taking them unless needed but my asthma has flared up, are they connected?

I have mild asthma and take antihistamines year round, i've stopped taking them unless needed but my asthma has flared up, are they connected?

Yes: Asthma is allergy of the lung, so taking an anti-histamine will help alleviate some of the symptoms of asthma but not all ; for moderate to severe cases of asthma, just taking an anti-histamine could be very dangerous. If you have asthma year around, you probably need to be on a steroid type inhaler or a longer acting medication such as singular. I suggest seeing a doctor, get lung function test. ...Read more

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Air dust trigger my asthma badly..antihistamine and singular dont help ...do I need allergist for shots protect from dust or what can help !

Air dust trigger my asthma badly..antihistamine and singular dont help ...do I need allergist for shots protect from dust or what can help !

? Allergic asthma: antihistamines and singulair (montelukast) won't control your asthma, you need more prescription medications, mainly inhaled corticosteroids and bronchodilators, more important though is to get evaluated right for better management, you might other conditions that make your asthma worse, like chronic sinusitis or reflux, you may be a candidate for allergy shots, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist ...Read more

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I had childhood asthma no probs for 10 years had an asthma attack 2 weeks ago still worsening peak flow is <100 what to do steroid antihistamine used?

I had childhood asthma no probs for 10 years had an asthma attack 2 weeks ago still worsening peak flow is <100 what to do steroid antihistamine used?

Steroids/albuterol: I would suggest that you use inhaled albuterol and some form of steroid preparation for your symptoms. Based on your recent history of an asthma attack and low peak flow, you should seek medical care to determine whether you need to be admitted to the hospital. If they can manage you as an outpatient, determining the dose of the steroid and whether it is in an inhaled or oral form is suggested. ...Read more

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I have asthma...usually is triggered by dust..antihistamine help a little but it is good idea to take allergy shots and where can get the shots?

I have asthma...usually is triggered by dust..antihistamine help a little but it is good idea to take allergy shots and where can get the shots?

Bronchodylators: Better to use inhaled bronchodylators (beta 2 agonists) and anti-inflammatory meds (steroids). Allergy shots do not work very well for asthma. An internal medicine doctor should be able to take care of your problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Carter
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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more