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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
What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?
There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get tested: Consider seeing a trained allergist for evaluation. Skin testing takes a half hour & can reveal to what you're allergic. It might be the pollens of plants, mold spores, dust mites, or animal dander. Your allergist can help you decide which are relevant & devise a strategy that may include avoiding those allergens, taking medication or receiving allergy injections. Knowiedge is half the battle. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Varied symptoms: The symptoms vary by affected area and type of allergy. Food allergies typically affect the skin (hives, itching). Environmental allergies typically affect the respiratory tract (nose - itching and congestion, throat - itching and mucus, lungs - tightness and mucus). Eyes (itching, redness and watering) and ears (itching) are also frequently involved. See an allergist for specific answers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
History & testing: Testing may be performed with a history of typical allergy symptoms after eating something containing barley. Skin and blood (rast) testing are accurate & easy to perform. Tests for other foods eaten at the same time should be negative. When the diagnosis is uncertain an oral challenge to barley may be considered. This should only be performed by experts experienced with oral challenges. ...Read more
depends on product: For children over 12 years old, the usual dose for Claritin and zyrtec is 10 mg a day, for xyzal (levocetirizine) and Clarinex 5 mg a day, while the dose for Allegra is 180 mg once a day or 60 mg twice a day. Pediatric doses are based on age rather than weight. There are dose adjustments for liver and kidney disease. ...Read more
Nsclc st4. Diagnostic CT scans used iodine contrast but due to allergy, post treatment CT scans used barium. How accurate/comparable are the scans?
Identify & medicate: With any allergic reaction, it's important to identify the trigger and avoid. Other antihistamines can be tried and these include claritin, clarinex, allegra, zyrtec and xyzal (levocetirizine). Under the direction of a physician, higher doses may be needed. If the reaction is severe, seek care, as oral steroids may be necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer