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Can I relieve my allergies without having to take more pills?

Can I relieve my allergies without having to take more pills?

Yes w/Allergy shots: The approach to treat allergies is three-fold: avoid the offending allergen if possible (easiest for indoor allergens like pet dander); medications (like antihistamines & nasal sprays); and immunotherapy (shots) that decrease your body's sensitivity to airborne allergy provokers. When the first 2 approaches don't work or medicines cause side effects, shots are the best way to improve allergies. ...Read more

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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


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I took equaline allergy relief pill 2 hrs ago. Think i'm getting a cold so i want to take cvs multi-sympton night time sinus relief. Can i take both?

I took equaline allergy relief pill 2 hrs ago. Think i'm getting a cold so i want to take cvs multi-sympton night time sinus relief. Can i take both?

Likely OK: However since both preparations contain antihistamines and i presume that the cvs product contains a decongestant as well, you may end up a little more drowsy or excited by taking both within 4 hrs . The stimulant effects may trigger an anxiety attack. If nasal congestion is the primary concern, afrin nasal spray 2x daily for up to 5 days may be better tolerated. ...Read more

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I have constant nasal congestion. I take no meds and I've tried allergy pills, neti pots, and sprays which all give temp relief, now what?

I have constant nasal congestion. I take no meds and I've tried allergy pills, neti pots, and sprays which all give temp relief, now what?

A doctor's visit: Looks like you already tried all otc remedies without symptoms relief, the next appropriate step is to come see a specialist in allergy or ent. Prolonged, untreated rhinitis can lead to more serious problems like chronic sinusitis. There are several good prescribed treatment options for your case. ...Read more

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How can a person get rid of allergy symptoms without having to take pills?

How can a person get rid of allergy symptoms without having to take pills?

Avoid the allergen: Avoiding the cause of the allergy symptoms is a way to get rid of the symptoms. That will work with foods, for example, but will not always work with aeroallergens, like pollen. ...Read more

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Do you take allergy pill with nightquil?

Do you take allergy pill with nightquil?

Not necessary: Nyquil is a multi-symptom cold relief medication that already contains an antihistamine. Therefore it is not necessary to take additional antihistamines such as found in allergy tablets. ...Read more

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What is the best pill to take for allergies?

What is the best pill to take for allergies?

Antihistamines: There are several newer antihistamines that are now over the counter. They all are about the same. Allegra, zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) to name a few. Try these at suggested dosage. If they don't work, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How long should it take for an allergy pill to work?

How long should it take for an allergy pill to work?

1/2 to 1 hour: Some antihistamines require metabolism in the liver to be converted into the most effective form to block histamine. These antihistamines take at least 1 hour to become effective. However, some antihistamines like allegra, xyzal (levocetirizine) and Clarinex are already in the active form and begin to work as soon as they are absorbed which take about 30 minutes. ...Read more

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Can I take expired allergy pill. It expired sept 2011?

Can I take expired allergy pill. It expired sept 2011?

Not unsafe...: But probably less efficacious. If you still want to take it, it will likely not harm you but may not work as well as an unexpired dose. ...Read more

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Why is it that allergy pills don't work every time I take one?

Why is it that allergy pills don't work every time I take one?

Timing: Antihistamines work by blocking histamine receptors in your body. If the receptors are all full of histamine already (reaction has occurred), then there is nowhere for them to go and it will not make a difference in allergy symptoms. If you take them before exposure to allergens they can block the receptors and you will have less symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what occurs if you take 5 50 mg allergy pills?

Can you tell me what occurs if you take 5 50 mg allergy pills?

It depends: You have not specified which allergy pills. If you are talking about over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) taking 250 mg at once can cause drowsiness, dry mouth , constipation. Obviously it is better not to exceed recommended doses unless directed by a physician. ...Read more