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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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