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Will allergy medicine, like zyrtec, (cetirizine) relive cold symptoms?

Will allergy medicine, like zyrtec, (cetirizine) relive cold symptoms?

Cold symptoms: Are you sure it is a cold not allergies? Zyrtec (cetirizine) will not alleviate cold symptoms. A decongestant containing medication will help. ...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


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What is the difference b/w allergic bronchitis and allergic asthma/asthma?

What is the difference b/w allergic bronchitis and allergic asthma/asthma?

In name only: Various terms have been used to define/describe Asthma, which has a strong allergy component, and genetic predisposition. The main thing is what precautions can be taken to prevent an exacerbation of asthma symptoms and what treatment works fir the patient. Allergy testing and treatment of allergies, as indicated is an important part of work up if these patients. ...Read more

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Is homeopayhic medication effevtive against allergies regarding recurremt cold and cough?

Is homeopayhic medication effevtive against allergies regarding recurremt cold and cough?

Not usually: There is no scientific proof that they do work but if they work for you, I have no problem with it. This is not to say that herbal medicine has no role it is just that the basis of homeopathic medicine is that even trace quantity (often unmeasurable) of the purported active ingredient would control disease. ...Read more

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Prednisone and food allergies? Is prednisone helpful for a bad food allergy reaction?

Prednisone and food allergies?  Is prednisone helpful for a bad food allergy reaction?

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 more

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What is name of OTC anti-histamine drugs which deal with airborne pollen?

What is name of OTC anti-histamine drugs which deal with airborne pollen?

They all do: Antihistamines don't target one type of allergen. The work to prevent the reaction that follows all allergen exposure. Many people like claritin, (loratadine) allegra, or zyrtec. All are otc. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to DM. Is there an alternative cough suppresent with antihistamine to take?

I'm allergic to DM. Is there an alternative cough suppresent with antihistamine to take?

Tessalon : It is not good to combine antihistamine with cough suppressant. Try tessalon perls. Perhaps it is prescription item. You may have to ask PCP to prescribe ...Read more

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Are allergy drops or allergy shots available for treatment of food allergy/ or intolerance or are they only 4 treating environmental allergens ?

Are allergy drops or allergy shots available for treatment of food allergy/ or intolerance or are they only 4 treating environmental allergens

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Food allergy: Allergy drops and shots are now only administered for environmental allergies. There is ongoing research on treating food allergies with oral immunotherapy. ...Read more

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Which type of medicines work for "hives" allergies?

Which type of medicines work for "hives" allergies?

Antihistamine: It depends on what the cause for your hives may be. Unfortunately, although hives can usually be controlled with antihistamine, we often can't find the cause for them. If the hives have lasted over 6 weeks, see an allergist. Otherwise, keep on scratching if otc antihistamine fails. ...Read more

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What are common treatments for cholinergic urticaria? list medicine, dosage, etc 5 mg Levocetrizine no effect history: allergic rhinitis

What are common treatments for cholinergic urticaria?
list medicine, dosage, etc 
5 mg Levocetrizine no effect
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Anthistamines: Antihistamines are main treatment for cholinergic urticaria, but sometimes must take more than normal dose. You can try twice daily dosing of cetrizine (10 mg twice a day) or twice daily dosing of fexofenadine (180 mg twice a day). If this regimen not working, I suggest seeing an allergist to further manage/evaluate. ...Read more

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Is cetirizine 10mg or singular 10 mg better for sinus allergy or cold symptoms? I'm comin down with something maybe a cold.

Is cetirizine 10mg or singular 10 mg better for sinus allergy or  cold symptoms? I'm comin down with something maybe a cold.

Neither are ideal: The gold standard treatment for allergic rhinitis are daily intranasal corticosteroid sprays and not antihistamines or Singulair (montelukast). Cetirizine and Singulair (montelukast) can be used as adjunctive therapy, but are not first line. Cold symptoms from a virus is another story, best treated with symptomatic management including rest, hydration, saline rinses, time, etc. ...Read more

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What medicine for airborne allergy?

What medicine for airborne allergy?

Allergies: Depends how bad is the allergies . Commonly nasal spray like flixonase and alanase and antihistamine are used for milder allergies . Severe allergies might need adminstration of oral steroids. ...Read more

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How common is an allergy to cold weather?

How common is an allergy to cold weather?

Cold hives: Idiopathic cold urticaria is fairly common. It really isn't dangerous unless there is submersion. Other cold induced syndromes are rare. For more information on cold induced syndromes see my blog: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/01/allergy-to-cold-weather/. ...Read more

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Can montelukast become an alternative of allergens immunotherapy for perenial allergic rhinitis ?

Can montelukast become an alternative of allergens immunotherapy for perenial allergic rhinitis ?

Not really: I suggest 3 steps to controlling allergies : 1) avoid the things you are allergic to. 2) take medications to control the symptoms. 3) get 'allergy shots' (immunotherapy) to teach your body to not be "allergic" to those things (immune tolerance). Using a leukotriene antagonist control the symptoms some, but it is not the most effective medication, and is not an equal alternative to immunotherapy. ...Read more

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If i've conjunctivitis allergy, can it heal by allergy injection therapy ?Tried allergy meds : allegysal, patanol (olopatadine) and avil, Claritin loratadine, please help

If i've conjunctivitis allergy, can it heal by allergy injection therapy ?Tried allergy meds : allegysal, patanol (olopatadine) and avil, Claritin loratadine, please help

Yes: Treatment of allergic conjunctivitis starts with eliminating or avoiding the allergen as well as rinsing the allergen from your eyes with plain water (reduces the allergen load). Allergy shots can help as can oral allergy meds. There are eye drops that help a great deal also. Steroid eye drops are very effective but are not used long term due to risk of glaucoma and cataract. ...Read more

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