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Allergic to cat: can I take an over-the-counter allergy medication every day? I have a cat and am allergic. Is it safe to take over-the-counter medication every day or should I see an allergist who can help me find a treatment that works for me?

Allergic to cat: can I take an over-the-counter allergy medication every day? I have a cat and am allergic. Is it safe to take over-the-counter medication every day or should I see an allergist who can help me find a treatment that works for me?

If : If it helps, you can take an otc medication daily. I would caution against daily use of any allergy medication with a d label. This indicates the use of a decongestant which can cause your heart to race or cause palpitations. Also, any one that has sedating as a side effect (zyrtec, benedryl, etc) can cause impairments with driving or decision making. Allergy tests and treatments are quite good, and you should consider getting some help if the otc medications are not making you better. The other option is to get rid of the cat. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Will you take allergy meds or is there something else to do?

Will you take allergy meds or is there something else to do?

It depends: You don't describer your symptoms, so i don't know what allergy you have. If you have mainly eye and nose allergies, you can reduce symptoms by rinsing your nose with saline, use artificial tears, for instance. When driving close windows, recirculate air; at home, close windows, use hepa filters. If you have severe allergies, see an allergist to discuss desensitization treatment (allergy shots). ...Read more

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Diagnosed today with yeast infection (1st time ever). Took medication for treatment, but is there anything else to help w/discomfort? Ibupro?

Diagnosed today with yeast infection (1st time ever).  Took medication for treatment, but is there anything else to help w/discomfort? Ibupro?

You're right: Yes, ibuprofen is a good choice to help relieve your discomfort while waiting for the infection to resolve with treatment. Naproxen and acetaminophen are 2 other over-the-counter options which would be similarly effective. Naproxen and ibuprofen should not be taken together. Avoid anything intravaginal such as feminine hygiene products (douching) which is more likely to worsen the problem. ...Read more

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My friend is having an allergic reaction to ursodiol. Is there another effective medication she can take? Our something to counter act it?

My friend is having an allergic reaction to ursodiol. Is there another effective medication she can take? Our something to counter act it?

Very unlikely: Ursodiol gets it name from urso meaning bear. This is just another form of bile and allergic reactions are extremely unlikely. Ursodiol is mainly used to treat bile sludge and primary biliary cirrhosis. There is urso-forte alarger dose version of ursodiol. But there are no substitutes. ...Read more

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Taking phenrgan for viral inner ear infection. Does that help with dizziness or should I be taking something else? Other things do to help?

Taking phenrgan for viral inner ear infection. Does that help with dizziness or should I be taking something  else? Other things do to help?

Could be useful.: Phenergan (promethazine) is an antihistamine-antinausea medication. Rx Antivert or otc Meclizine have also found to be effective for the vertigo associated with inner ear maladies. These are anti-motion sickness medications. Also available is otc dramamine or dimenhydrinate which may prove useful, too. However, please see your otolaryngologist if symptoms do not improve quickly. Beware of an acoustic neuroma. ...Read more

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What is good for sinus infection besides taking an antibiotic. Anything good to spray in your nose?

What is good for sinus infection besides taking an antibiotic. Anything good to spray in your nose?

Decongestants: Such as otc Pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine in addition to saline nasal sprays and otc antihistamines such as fexofenidine will help with the symptoms so long as there is not medical contraindication or significant interaction with other medication you are taking. May want to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a bad double ear infection antibiotics(4days) Ibuprofen & Sudafed is doing nothing to help the pain is there anything else I can do to help?

I have a bad double ear infection antibiotics(4days) Ibuprofen & Sudafed is doing nothing to help the pain is there anything else I can do to help?

Mgt: Avoid water immersion, monitor your temperature, but if there is a lot of pressure behind the ear drum, they may need to remove some fluid. ...Read more

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Is there an oral antibiotic or supplement a doctor could give me for my seborreic dermatitis ? Creams don't seem to be working .

Is there an oral antibiotic  or supplement a doctor could give me for my seborreic dermatitis ? Creams don't seem to be working .

The is no: Antibiotic for seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. One of the best treatments is to rub oil of any kind into the scalp in at night and let it sit overnight . In the morning gently shampoo out and rinse with a moisturiZer. Repeat as often as needed ...Read more

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The doctor gave me ibprofen for pain what else can I take that is stronger I have a viral resiratory illness?

The doctor gave me ibprofen for pain what else can I take that is stronger I have a viral resiratory illness?

Add acetaminophen: You can add Acetaminophen to the ibupprofen. The doses can be up to 800 mg Ibuprofen three times/day and Acetaminophen up to 1 g 4 times a day. This would be max dose. ...Read more

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Is there a medication that i can take orally that would knock me out for an ingrown toenail procedure cause im bad with shots?

Is there a medication that i can take orally that would knock me out for an ingrown toenail procedure cause im bad with shots?

Yes: Your doctor should be able to offer a pill to relax you and make the injections easier. You can't be made unconscious, but it should calm you enough that the minute or so it takes to numb your toe will be no big deal. They can also use cold spray on the skin so you hardly feel the actual needle stick, just a little stinging from the medication. ...Read more

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Was prescribed an allergy nasal spray to help with buzzing in ears. How long does it usually take for this to work & can I try anything else?

Was prescribed an allergy nasal spray to help with buzzing in ears. How long does it usually take for this to work & can I try anything else?

Probably never: For people with plugged ears, allergy nasal spray may help and the optimal effect is reached between 5-7 days. However most buzzing or tinnitus in the absence of other inner ear involvement, would not be helped by the spray. Often the cause is unknown. Suggest you consult an ENT doctor . ...Read more

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My sister is having an allergic reaction and took an allergy pill an hour ago, but the symptoms don't seem to be going away. can she take another?

My sister is having an allergic reaction and took an allergy pill an hour ago, but the symptoms don't seem to be going away. can she take another?

What kind?: At any rate she can,or use another kind of antihistaminic, but careful not to drive, depends as well on the trigger and how bad is the reaction, arrange to see a doctor or go to ER if bad reaction, difficult breathing or not improving, goodluck ...Read more

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The doctor gave me ibprofen for paim what else can I take that is stronger I have a viral resiratory illnessp?

The doctor gave me ibprofen for paim what else can I take that is stronger I have a viral resiratory illnessp?

Go see your doctor: Where is your pain from your viral respiratory illness? Ibuprofen comes in various dose strengths from 200mg up to 800mg. There are many alternative nsaids. Naproxen is available w/o prescription. Acetaminophen is good if you have a healthy liver. Tramadol is another unscheduled option. Then you venture into narcotic/opioid territory. But that seems overkill for URI so go tell you doc about pain. ...Read more

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Should i switch to a different antibiotic for an ear infection if this one isn't working?

Should i switch to a different antibiotic for an ear infection if this one isn't working?

Ear infection: It is not a good idea to treat infections without a diagnosis--and a doctor--managing it. Many folks find some "old" antibiotics laying around and take them for what they feel is their diagnosis. Then for whatever reason if they don't get better, they try to switch, again without a good exam and a diagnosis. Lots of things cause ear pain, and antibiotics aren't the answer for all. ...Read more

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I heard you could take amoxicillin with or without food. Does this also apply if you're using amoxicillin to treat acne?

I heard you could take amoxicillin with or without food. Does this also apply if you're using amoxicillin to treat acne?

Upset stomach: Antibiotics tend to disrupt stomach by causing gastric irritation, so generally recommended to use with food no matter what they are being used to treat. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC yeast infection medication? If I know it's yeast for sure, is taking OTC just as good as getting an prescription from my doctor?

What is the best OTC yeast infection medication? If I know it's yeast for sure,  is taking OTC just as good as getting an prescription from my doctor?

Preference.: The otc ones are all about the same. The otc creams and tablets can some times cause local irritation and burning (but they also can relieve symptoms about a day or so sooner than the prescription tablet diflucan). Diflucan (fluconazole) is more convenient to take, but can cause GI symptoms like stomach upset - and doesn't work any significantly better than the otc meds. ...Read more

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I need help with something can any one help me? Maybe a lady doctor ?

I need help with something can any one help me? Maybe a lady doctor ?

?: There are many female physicians with healthtap. You need to let us know what is going on with you. You may also call in to health tap for consult ...Read more

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UTI first thing in morning and clear rest of day (Dr confirms). UTI treated with Estrogen. Do I need antibiotics - no-one seems to know for certain??

UTI first thing in morning and clear rest of day (Dr confirms). UTI treated with Estrogen. Do I need antibiotics - no-one seems to know for certain??

UTI: If you have a urinary tract infection, the only way to treat that is to use antibiotics. Lack of estrogen in the vulvo-vaginal tissues in post-menopausal women can make them more prone to UTIs. So, it is a good idea to use topical estrogen, but if it is a true UTI you should probably also take an antibiotic. ...Read more