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Benadryl For Sinusitis
Allergy ; Sinusitis: Hello. Ceterizine is an antihistamine used to decrease allergy symptoms. Since allergy is a very common etiology for sinusitis, it may be helpful. If a fever, post nasal drainage, facial pain, congestion, cough, ear pressure, and fatigue is present, then Cetirizine by itself isn't enough. See your doctor. An antibiotic may be needed. ...Read more
None of these: These medications are antihistamines which counter the affects of allergies. They are not antibiotics which are typically prescribed for sinus infections. Decongestants and sinus rinses may help with the symptoms associated with the sinus infection, but these antihistamine medications, in my experience, do little for this condition. ...Read more
Bronchitis: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine, used for allergic reactions. If you truly have bronchitis, you may need an antibiotic, but also would benefit from a mucolytic, such as Mucinex or similar, to thin the mucus secretions and clear them. I suggest you see your provider to determine most appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Yes: There are many nasal sprays that could be helpful. Saline sprays may help flush the nose out and let the cilia of the nasal lining work more effectively. Topical nasal steroids sprays have been shown to be some of the most effective nasal allergy medicines to treat chronic sinusitis and improve nasal congestion and drainage. There are topical antihistamine proven effective as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sinus headache after taking antihistamine for perenial allergic rhinitis.How to reduce this heafache, taking psuodophedrine for it.Please help.
Whichever works: for you would be the best to use, although it treats only one aspect of the disease, nasal itching and runny nose ,won't affect congestion, also during an allergy season you need to take it on regular, not on as needed basis, in the end if you are not controlled you need to see an allergist ...Read more
Depends: Amoxicillin is helpful if there is an infection. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is helpful if there is a runny nose. If your ear is clogged you may have an infection - see your doctor before you start amox. If you are congested a decongestant may be the answer. There a re side effects with decongestants so be careful and ask your doctor if you can take them. They can raise your blood pressure. ...Read more
Need alternative to zirtec for allergy-induced asthma. Allegra and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) don't work, nor albuterol asthma inhalars. Claritin gives me nasal pain.
Allergic help: You will definitely need to speak with your physician about this. Other alternatives include the short acting chlorphenamine (chlortrimetron), sold over the counter. There are prescription medications - xyzal, singulair, xopenex, (levalbuterol) Flonase and more. Ultimately - make sure you speak with your physician about this, since the medications you have tried so far are not providing relief for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Zyrtec, claritin, (loratadine) allegra, clarinex. Other allergy pill options? Year-round, persistant allergies. Wet in ears, post-nasal drip (sore throat).
Before you go : Looking for another allergy medication, i would keep the one that works best for you and take it diligently everyday with a steroid nasal spray twice daily for a month to see a big difference with just burst of meds here and there and only when you feel like it. If you have already done this, then it is time to see your doctor, possibly referral to allergist or ENT depends on what the problem is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Zyrtec (cetirizine): Zyrtec (cetirizine) has more anti-allergy or anti-inflamatory effects than clariten (loratidine) and is often better for most allergic symptoms. It does cause drowsiness in some patients. Antihistamines work best when taken at bedtime if you are taking them on a daily basis - as in a pollen allergy or allergy to a pet that lives in your house. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If you only have eye itching, runny nose, or sneezing, either may help but can make you groggy (especially with Benadryl). However if you have asthma or nasal congestion, you are out of luck. If the cat allergy is severe, nothing will work well with continuing exposure and allergy shots may be your best bet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can chronic sinusitis with inflammation only but no mucous cause upper back symptoms that respond to nasonex or benadryl (diphenhydramine)?
Probably but: Probably but ask your pediatricianGet a more detailed answer ›
Can bouts of nearly involuntary forced exhalation in chronic sinusitis through right nostril relieved by nasonex or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lead to COPD if untreated?
Not really: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and refers to the build up of scar tissue in the smaller airways of the lung. This scar tissue decreases the lungs ability to expand and contract and therefore the ability to move air and breathe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I freely use high doses of combination of OTC antihistamines which seem to relieve extreme dryness of nostrils accompanying my chronic sinusitis?
Within Reason: I'm not sure what you mean by high doses of OTC antihistamines, but if you are only using antihistamines to treat your allergy symptoms you are not utilizing all available treatments. The gold-standard therapy for chronic sinus issues are nasal steroid sprays and/or antihistamine nasal sprays. Nasal saline rinses and an in-room humidifier help dryness but only if you are not allergic to dust mites ...Read more
coughing due to sinuses for a month.Got antihistamines and avamys, worked for two weeks but I’m coughing again to day. I’m a smoker. Sinusitis. Post-nasal drip. All diagnosed. Don’t know what’s wrong
6 weeks, 2 doctors, 3 courses of antibiotics, cortisone and antihistamines and still not feeling any better (diagnosed with Sinusitis) What next?
I'm suffering from severe allergies n sinusitis. I have itchy eyes n nose n have developed bumps under my eyes.my normal antihistamines r not working?
Rhinitis 8 yrs, IgE 867, use many antihistamines, allergy shots, nasal sprays.Sinusitis after stoppage of sneezing.How to stop all this?Is hormonal cause?
2nd opinion: I presumed you have had a workup by an allergist who has instructed you on the proper technique on the nasal spray and you have followed the instructions on avoidance measures. Have you tried Dymista or singulair (montelukast) yet? And yes, hormone can affect nasal congestion being most evident in some women during pregnancy. I would seek a 2nd opinion from another allergist if symptoms remain uncontrolled. ...Read more
I Have a tight chest, weezing and dry cough, and sinusitis. Nose is continually blocked and blowing my nose continually. Had nasal polyps removed more than 10 years ago.Try to take antihistamines an cough mixture but no help.Breathing with mouth open?
Nasal polyp: Check with yourENT physician.You may have a recurrence of your nasal polyps. ...Read more
What can I take for my sinusitis far as allergy otc go? I've tried Zyrtec, Allegra D, clairatin, Flonase, Benadryl (diphenhydramine). None help my sinuses!
See a physician: Non of the other OTC medications will help you as you already tried almost all available OTC medications. You may need to be checked and if your diagnosis is confirmed, you may need a prescription medication for something stronger and is not available OTC ...Read more
I thought I took 1 Benadryl an hour ago but because I was still itching I went ahead and took another one a few mins ago, so that’s 3 within an hour.
Yes: As long as you are aware that this may make you drowsy- perhaps that's what you want in the first place. ...Read more
Sinusitis Rx: Sinusitis is generally treated with oral antibiotics and decongestants. Since sinusitis is often triggered by uncontrolled allergies, antihistamines may also help. When using antihistamines during sinus or ear infections, adding guaifenesin +lots of water can help keep secretions thin to facilitate drainage. ...Read more
Yes: The most common indication for surgical intervention is for those patients who suffer from chronic or recurrent sinus infections and have failed medical management (antibiotics, nasal sprays, ± steroids). A ct scan performed after medical management maybe quite helpful in determining your candidacy for surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Simple to complex: Many sinus infections will resolve on their own. Simply using saline nasal spray and a topical decongestant may be all that is needed. For prolonged symptoms >10 days, you may need a course of antibiotics. For symptoms > 2-3 weeks, you may need antibiotics and steroids. For recurrent infections or chronic infections (symptoms > 3 months), surgery may be indicated. Allergies should be addressed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clinical and X-ray: Rhino-sinusitis has a number of clinical symptoms and signs. Yellow-green nasal discharge, pain or pressure under and between the eyes. Headache alone surprisingly is not that common. Post nasal drainage and cough are common. If these symptoms last for more than 10 days see an ENT doc. Cat scan is the gold standard for a diagnosis. But most acute symptoms are viral. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer