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What is the best allergy medication for itchy watery eyes, sneezing, and stuffy nose during day?

What is the best allergy medication for itchy watery eyes, sneezing, and stuffy nose during day?

OTC or Rx?: Over the counter oral antihistamines (claritin, zyrtec, allegra) or antihistamine eyedrops are good options. Prescription nasal antihistamine sprays (e.g. Patanase, astelin) are great at nasal and eye symtptom relief too. Prescription nasal steroids are first line for allergic rhinitis as well. ...Read more

Watery Eyes (Definition)

Tears out of proportion. Eyes need tear film to keep the cornea clear of any local or environmental foreign materials. The tears are produced by local as well as accessory lacrimal glands and are constantly being replaced by evaporation or suction by the nasolacrimal system into the nose. Watery eyes can result from many causes, some of which being too much production ...Read more


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What is the best OTC allergy medication for itchy watery eyes, sneezing, and a stuffy nose?

What is the best OTC allergy medication for itchy watery eyes, sneezing, and a stuffy nose?

Discuss with doctor: No one medication is best- depends on other medical conditions as well. Try zyrtec (cetrizine) 10 mg or Claritin (loratidine) 10mg.. Add decongestant as well: sudafed 30-60mg. Avoid Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as it causes sleepiness zaditor is a good otc eye drop for the eye itching. ...Read more

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What is the most recommended allergy medication for itchy/watery eyes and sneezy/stuffy nose?

What is the most recommended allergy medication for itchy/watery eyes and sneezy/stuffy nose?

See a doctor: Assuming you have allergic eyes, there are some over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops that may help. Otherwise, a prescription drop would be needed. Antihistamine pills will improve the nasal conditions but may dry the eyes, leading to more irritation. You should see an eye doctor to ensure that this is allergic. ...Read more

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What is the most recommended over-the-counter allergy medicine for itchy/watery eyes?

What is the most recommended over-the-counter allergy medicine for itchy/watery eyes?

Zaditor (ketotifen): My personal favorite otc allergy medicine is zaditor, (ketotifen) an antihistamine drop manufactured by novartis. This drop is used twice daily for allergy symptoms and can be used daily as needed. ...Read more

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I have severe seasonal outdoors allergies including itchy. Watery eyes, itchy throat, stuffy. Runny nose. What medication work best?

I have severe seasonal outdoors allergies including itchy. Watery eyes,  itchy throat,  stuffy. Runny nose.   What medication work best?

Allergy meds: You gave quite a bit of systemic symptoms so an oral agent would be best. In my experience, Allegra seems to be the best but claritin/ zyrtec are also very good. If your eyes need a topical eye drop, Pataday and Lastacaft (alcaftadine) are the best. ...Read more

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Which is the best anti-histamine to buy for itchy watery eyes from allergies?

Which is the best anti-histamine to buy for itchy watery eyes from allergies?

Several: There are several to choose from, but the most effective are Cetirizine (zyrtec) and fexofenadene (allegra). You might also consider an over the counter antihistamine eye drop such as ketotifen. ...Read more

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Are itchy, watery eyes due to allergies?

Are itchy, watery eyes due to allergies?

Likely: Itching and tearing are classic symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis. See you eye doctor to confirm that this is the problem and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I'm having sinus problems but its not allergies I know no itchy watery eyes no sneezing but just symptoms of sinusitis but nothing is found why?

I'm having sinus problems but its not allergies I know no itchy watery eyes no sneezing but just symptoms of sinusitis but nothing is found why?

Be more specific: What do you mean by sinusitis symptoms? If you meant a headache then it may not necessarily be from sinus problem. Just this morning I saw a patient who complained of having sinus infections about 9x/year. On further questioning, what she described was actually migraines and not sinus infections. ...Read more

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Since mould appear in house have had cough, itchy/watery eyes, and what feel like post nasal drip. Does it sound like mould allergy or something else?

Since mould appear in house have had cough, itchy/watery eyes, and what feel like post nasal drip. Does it sound like mould allergy or something else?

Possible: Mold allergy can cause all of your symptoms but need testing to be certain. One helpful hint is that your symptoms would improve or resolve within a day after leaving the house. Regardless, you need to stay out of the affected area (which needs be isolated) until the mold and water problem has been fixed. ...Read more

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I have allergy symptoms (stuffy nose, itchy watery eyes) but im also very lightheaded is this a symptom of allergies?

I have allergy symptoms (stuffy nose, itchy watery eyes) but im also very lightheaded is this a symptom of allergies?

Possibly: If you have congestion in the sinuses or inner ear your equilibrium may be altered giving you that sense of lightheadedness.
I see by your meds you are getting medical care, if this continues speak to an ENT to see if other tests can be done to see exactly where the congestionlies ...Read more

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My son has seasonal allergy started this year. He has sneezing, itchy and watery eyes. I tried zyretec and zadiator but nothing helping for watery eye?

My son has seasonal allergy started this year. He has sneezing, itchy and watery eyes. I tried zyretec and zadiator but nothing helping for watery eye?

See allergist, eyemd: Your son will need an evaluation by an eye doctor as well as possibly an allergist. The eye exam will confirm the severity and nature of the allergy, look for other factors that may be worsening the condition for the eyes, and to rule out problems that simulate allergy. Zaditor (ketotifen) and zyrtec are two of the best otc meds for allergy. Once allergy is confirmed, the allergist can do further testing. ...Read more

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For the last few mornings I have been waking up with my nose running like a fountain, itchy nose, watery eyes, sneezing. My dad and aunt has allergies?

For the last few mornings I have been waking up with my nose running like a fountain, itchy nose, watery eyes, sneezing. My dad and aunt has allergies?

Runny nose: Runny nose AM may be allergy. Check the pollen calendar to see if it is local trees. Sleep windows closed. Even if pollen, diet of spicy food adds to the symptoms
See www.grossaninstitute.com for suggestions.
Be sure to drink hot green tea first thing in the morning. . ...Read more

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I used to have horrible allergies to cats. Throat close up, wheezing, itchy watery eyes. And now I have 3 cats and not a single reaction. What causes?

I used to have horrible allergies to cats. Throat close up, wheezing, itchy watery eyes. And now I have 3 cats and not a single reaction. What causes?

Cat allergieS: Two factors. 1- your age, with time, usually allergies tame down. 2- you may be less reactive to the cats you have, not all cats produce the same amount of allergens. You lucked out woth those three! ...Read more

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I had allergy issues this week since sunday soar/itchy throat sneezing watery eyes nose stopped up my nose is dry feel cut inside nose how to heal it?

I had allergy issues this week since sunday soar/itchy throat sneezing watery eyes nose stopped up my nose is dry feel cut inside nose how to heal it?

Antihistaminics: You may use over the counter anti-histaminics, especially the non-drowsy ones, like loratadine (claritin) or cetirizine (zyrtec). use daily during your allergy sea on. It takes a week to feel full relief. You may use the ones with decongestants if you do not have high blood pressure, heart problems or pregnant, also OTC nasal steroids (nasacort) can help ...Read more

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Do I need epi pen? I have severe cat allrgies normally my eyes swell shut, itchy watery eyes and nose. Today throat itchy tingly swollen lips?

Do I need epi pen? I have severe cat allrgies normally my eyes swell shut, itchy watery eyes and nose. Today throat itchy tingly swollen lips?

Yes: Absolutely. If you have allergies that are affecting that many body parts, you could have a reaction that gets worse. It would be a good precaution to have an epi pen. ...Read more

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What is considered the most effective allergy medication when you have watery eyes?

What is considered the most effective allergy medication when you have watery eyes?

Claritin (loratadine): Good evening,
for symptoms of allergy such as itchy throat, itchy eyes and runny nose, over the counter medications such as Claritin (loratadine) 10 milligrams are safe to take. Frequent use once per day may be needed until the end of pollen season. ...Read more

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Best OTC allergy medicine for watery eyes?

Best OTC allergy medicine for watery eyes?

Ketotifen eye drops: Ketotifen is marketed over the couter as Zaditor (ketotifen) eye drops, and is used twice daily. Generally as effective as most prescription eye drops, and you only have to use it twice daily. ...Read more

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What cream or medication can be effective against itchy scales around eyes along with watery eyes, and what could be the cause, doesn't get hay fever?

What cream or medication can be effective against itchy scales around eyes along with watery eyes, and what could be the cause, doesn't get hay fever?

Allergies!: Sounds like allergies! Treat for allergies. Creams, ointments, and lotions may make the situation worse. Som topical with steroid may be indicated or helpful, but needs be determined and monitored by doctor! ...Read more

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I have itchy and watery eyes plus running nose wt occassional redness of the eye and ithyness at d back of the throat.Cause and medication pls.

I have itchy and watery eyes plus running nose wt occassional redness of the eye and ithyness at d back of the throat.Cause and medication pls.

Allergies: Sounds like you are allergic to something in your environment. This time of year pollen allergies are very common. Avoiding exposure is ideal, but often impractical. Try daily use of otc antihistamines like claritin, zyrtec, Allegra (available generically) and use salt water (saline) nasal spray to clear the passages. If no better, ask your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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I took a 24 hour allergy medicine 4.5 hours ago and it hasn't helped at all with my runny nose and watery eyes. Could i take nyquil to help me sleep?

I took a 24 hour allergy medicine 4.5 hours ago and it hasn't helped at all with my runny nose and watery eyes.  Could i take nyquil to help me sleep?

Yes you can: Yes you can take extra nyquil. You might also want to try otc allergy eye drops to help relieved your eye symptoms. However, those are weak medications and only work for mild symptoms. At this stage, it would be better if you seek professional help to treat your symptoms more appropriately to prevent you from getting a sinusitis. ...Read more

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My three year old son is experiencing coughing, yellow runny nose, watery eyes, and dark colored lose stowels for the last 3days I have tried using over-the-counter children allergy medicine but his condition continues to worsen.

My three year old son is experiencing coughing, yellow runny nose, watery eyes, and dark colored lose stowels for the last 3days I have tried using over-the-counter children allergy medicine but his condition continues to worsen.

If : If your son is worsening instead of improving, you should call his doctor and have him seen. Viral illnesses can last 7-10 days total, but should start to improve after the first 3 to 4. If he is worsening, he could be developing a bacterial super-infection such as sinusitis, an ear infection or bronchitis. Good luck! ...Read more

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I know its allergy season but i never encountered this b4 my symptoms r: runny nose, head pressure, itchy/watery eyes?

I  know its allergy season but i never encountered this b4 my symptoms r: runny nose, head pressure, itchy/watery eyes?

Allergic symptoms: If a lot of pollen in the air, the symptoms of runny nose, head pressure (possibly sinuses) and itchy, watery eyes are consistent with allergic symptoms. ...Read more

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I am 32 weeks pregnant and having a sever allergy with itchy and watery eyes and runny nose. What should I do?

I am 32 weeks pregnant and having a sever allergy with itchy and watery eyes and runny nose. What should I do?

Simple Rx / OB infm: Some simple antihistimines like Diphenhydramine (benedryl), loritadine (claritin) or citerazine (zyrtec) are considered safe to use during pregnancy. Topical otc eye products like zaditor (ketotifen) are also ok. Your OB should be informed so s/he can head off any drug interactions with meds s/he might prescribe. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism cause itchy, watery eyes?

watery eyes.: Not to my knowledge but you should see an ophthalmologist or optometrist. ...Read more

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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