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Best Meds For Food Allergies
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
Yes: The pollens that cause allergies are very small, and carried by the wind. Flowers need bees to cross-pollinate, because the pollen is too big and heavy to be carried by the wind. Since they're not airborne, people can't inhale them and react to them. Thus, the pollens found in bee pollen are not the pollens that cause your allergic symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the best OTC meds for 1.indoor and 2.outdoor allergies?How does these meds work differently(on diff. allergens) from each other?
Allergies: Your Body responds to allergens the same way whether they are indoor allergens or outside allergens by releasing Histamines and Leukitrines . To treat these allergic responses , doctors prescribe Antihistamines Such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ( sedating ) Alkegra or Zyrtic or Claritin ( non sedating ) . Leukotrine inhibitors such as Singulair . To maximize allergy treatment , we can add topical nasal steroids . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Less so: The best treatment for food allergies defined as having symptoms after ingesting certain foods (and not just having a blood testing stating food allergy is present) is first and foremost, avoidance and secondarily by carrying epipen(jr) which is adrenaline which can be injected into the person's thigh asap after contact with the allergen. Prednisone is much less useful. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several choices: The most effective treatment for relief of seasonal allergies are prescription nasal steroid sprays (qnasl, nasonex, (mometasone) rhinocort, flonase). If symptoms are mild then over the counter zyrtec, claritin, or Allegra can help. It's best to start treating seasonal allergies before the "season" starts. This is a prevention approach. If the above meds haven't controlled symptoms, consider allergy shots. ...Read more
Depends: Reactions to foods (allergies) can vary from simple hives to life threatening anaphylaxis. If yours is anaphylaxis you must keep an Epinephrine injector available at all times. If not, you just avoid the foods. Read labels. The FDA requires that processed foods list even trace amounts of any of the leading 8 food allergens in the ingredient listing. Benadryl helps for some. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: They can help alot depending upon what you are allergic to. Some food allergies, such as peanut, even oral antihistamines are not strong enough to prevent anaphylaxis and avoidance is the only "treatment" in wide spread use. Milder allergies can be improved with antihistamines. Check with your allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: No reason to believe that it would help with food allergy. The reason it is labeled as a food product is that no studies have been done to prove any health benefit of the product. However, there may be some health benefits of individual components of the product, though not necessarily in the amount provided. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dust or pollen: Fairly common symptoms for dust allergies. Builds up as you sleep. They are worse in the morning. Pollen allergies are worse as the day goes on. Allergies cause itching & tearing. Over-the-counter allergy medicine & eyedrops help relieve it. Zaditor (ketotifen) is a good eye drop for allergies. You can also take over the counter medicine like loratidine in the morning or zyrtec before bed. ...Read more
It's a start: It's a start. Usually not completely sufficient. Seeing an allergist and coming up with the best plan together is your best option. Other home remedies are avoidance of known triggers, no pets on bed or in bedroom, washing floors and sheets more frequently, salt water washes. See an allergist. ...Read more
Dr. How to test for food allergies? How does allergy testing work in general? And what about non food allergy testing?
Two kinds: Of allergy testing - blood test for antibody levels and skin prick test (a small amount of the substance placed on a sharp tip that is pressed against the skin). The skin test is more likely to correlate with real allergy, however remember w both methods it can only suggest a possible allergy. Would leave interpretation up to ur allergist. ...Read more
What do you mean by: ... Cure? If you truly want to have it never come back, then none of the otc meds will do this. The otc medications available to treat allergic rhinitis are anti-histamines. They block the effects of histamine. Itching, swelling, redness, sneezing and pouring watery darainage. All work well for this, some more than others. They work better if you take them before the reaction starts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for seasonal allergies? I heard OTC nose sprays should be avoided?
Allergy: Otc decongestant nose sprays like afrin are very helpful but can only be used 3-4 days. Medications like zyrtec and Allegra are very good. Nasal saline spray is good because it washes out pollen, etc from nose and also acts as mild decongestant. Eye drops like visine allergy are very helpful. Nasal crom nasal spraay is helpful and safe but inconvienent because it requires frequent use. ...Read more
RAST (Immunocap): Rast (aka immunocap) finds the same ige antibodies directed against food allergens as does skin testing. Rast is useful in patients who can't stop taking antihistamines & in patients who have severe eczema, dermatographism, or are very hairy. Igg rast or elisa has not been scientifically shown to be useful although it has its advocates. All tests are surrogates for elimination & oral challenge. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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