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Would Claritin (loratadine) or allegra help with black mold allergy after being exposed?

Would Claritin (loratadine) or allegra help with black mold allergy after being exposed?

Maybe: If you have hay fever and become allergic to black molds, Claritin or Allegra may reduce the runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose but not likely the congestion. However inhaled nasal steroid or antihistamine usually works better. ...Read more

Black Mold (Definition)

Molds consist of airborn spores and spreading forms (hyphae) growing on surfaces. Several species are black including stachybotrys and aspergillus. Black mold ingestion has been associated with a toxic syndrome with brain and blood disorders. Most patients do not ingest black mold so the correlation with their ...Read more


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How quickly would black mold kill you if you have mold allergies?

How quickly would black mold kill you if you have mold allergies?

It won't: I'm a pathologist focused on obscure causes of death. Despite all the "pop" claims about black mold in the home causing this-and-that, it's never killed anybody. If it had, I'd know. ...Read more

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1yr+ shadows on wall behind dryer are actually black mold; intake ambient air = sporesin clothes. Allergy. Symptoms 3+mo. Cleaned safely. What are my risks?

1yr+ shadows on wall behind dryer are actually black mold; intake ambient air = sporesin clothes. Allergy. Symptoms 3+mo. Cleaned safely. What are my risks?

Low risk: Black mold is problematic for people with definitive allergies to the mold but, if you're not allergic to the mold just being in the same room with the mold without disturbing the mold should not pose a health risk. There's a lot of hysteria about "black mold" perpetuated by companies that charge exorbitant prices to eradicate it...it's not a big health risk. ...Read more

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What medication should I suggest to the doctor to clear my lungs from the black mold? I took diflucan (fluconazole) for 30 days already & it's coming back thanks

What medication should I suggest to the doctor to clear my lungs from the black mold? I took diflucan (fluconazole) for 30 days already & it's coming back thanks

Fungal lung problem: We need to know if it invasive infection, unlikely, vs colonization, is it blastomycosis or aspergillosis, itraconazole rather than diflucan, (fluconazole) or even more potent medicines would be needed to treat blastomycosis, aspergillosis on the other hand is a colonization not infection, and treatment is mainly by steroids, you need an Infectious disease specialist together with an allergist / pulmonologist ...Read more

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Which is the best allergy medication that is over the counter?

Which is the best allergy medication that is over the counter?

Several choices: Current over the counter allergy medications that work well for most people with mild allergies are Claritin (loratadine), zyrtec (cetirizine) and Allegra (fexofenadine). One may work better than the other for a particular person, so it is not unreasonable to try more than one. Older antihistamines (benadryl) work, but are associated with more side effects, especially drowsiness. ...Read more

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Which allergy medication works best for a 5 yr old?

Which allergy medication works best for a 5 yr old?

Varies some: Claritin (loratadine), (loratadine) allegra, or zyrtec are once daily meds and each work well on some kids and not others. The Claritin (loratadine) and Allegra are not sedating and thus do not interfere with school or daily activities. The zyrtec can be sedating and is given at bedtime to reduce this effect during the day. Short acting meds like benedryl are quickly absorbed and very effective but can sedate and do ware off quickly. ...Read more

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What a good cold, flu or allergy medication out there?

What a good cold, flu or allergy medication out there?

Many choices: There is no magic pill out there and it all depends on what symptoms your are trying to treat. A decongestant for a cold or flu is available is many different combinations over the counter under different brand names. Look at the ingredients, Pseudoephedrine is a good decongestant avilable in combination with other medications. For allergies, a non drowsy long acting antihistamine is allegra (fexofenadine). ...Read more

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My son has alternaria allergy (outdoor fungus), what kind of allergy medication should he take?

My son has alternaria allergy (outdoor fungus), what kind of allergy medication should he take?

Anything that works: The specific air born trigger to your child's allergy is less important than the effect the medications. Anti-histamines, nasal sprays & mast cell regulators may be a benefit. Most opt for a 24hr preparation for convenience. I like the non sedating antihistamines like fexophenadine (allegra), steroid nasal spray (flonase). If your child cooperates & tolerates the med it should help. ...Read more

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Any birth control and allergy medication interactions?

Any birth control and allergy medication interactions?

Good question: Birth control pills, in my experience, often make people sick. We know little or nothing about drug interactions, plus the fact that most drugs only relieve symptoms if they work at all. I often see patients who are taking 4 or 5 drugs together and it is impossible to sort out their interactions. ...Read more

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Can I take hydrocodone and a non-drowsy allergy medication?

Can I take hydrocodone and a non-drowsy allergy medication?

Yes: Should be ok at normal doses of hydrocodone (5-15 mg per dose, 3-4 times a day). At VERY high doses (more than 120 mg per day), there is a slight risk of heart arrhythmia along with things like ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) or psuedoephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) due to an additive effect. ...Read more

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Is it safe to mix nadolol (beta blocker) with allergy medication?

Is it safe to mix nadolol (beta blocker) with allergy medication?

Most: Beta blockers can sometimes make asthma worse and can also worsen nasal congestion, but there are no serious drug-drug interactions with allergy medications I'm aware of. ...Read more

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What's a good alternative for Bromfed (brompheniramine) allergy medication?

What's a good alternative for Bromfed (brompheniramine) allergy medication?

Depends: There are different types of bromfed. With or without decongestant. Either way other anithistamines won't make you as drowsy. Try Allegra (fexofenadine) zyrtec or claritin (with or without sudafed). There are generics for all of these and they are now over the counter. Just read the labels for any precautions for yourself. ...Read more

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What allergy medication is safe to take if I am on diazepam and copd?

What allergy medication is safe to take if I am on diazepam and copd?

Several: Claritin, (loratadine) Allegra and zyrtec are safe and tend to cause less drowsiness than other antihistamines. Excessive drowsiness with diazepam can occur with chlorpheniramine or brompheniramine which are in many over the counter allergy medications. There is a theoretic concern of thickening sputum and causing more airflow obstruction. ...Read more

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What's a replacement for Bromfed (brompheniramine) allergy medication?

What's a replacement for Bromfed (brompheniramine) allergy medication?

Chlorpheniramine: Chlorpheniramine is similar and available over the counter. ...Read more

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Which drug is a good allergy medication?

Depends: The choice of allergy medication depends on symptoms. There are several good over the counter antihistamines. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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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