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I read that fexofenadine is better than loratadine for allergies is this true? Is this also true for chronic allergy eye?

I read that fexofenadine is better than loratadine for allergies is this true? Is this also true for chronic allergy eye?

Might not be much: Both are second generation antihistamine and non drowsy. Allegra's onset of action is faster but they are pretty much the same in effectiveness. Different person might prefer one from another similarly to some might like Coke over Pepsi!! ...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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Have animal allergies and have been around a cat and dog. I had an itxhy eye whuch has now become vwry puffy and red. Can I take 20mg f loratadine?

Have animal allergies and have been around a cat and dog. I had an itxhy eye whuch has now become vwry puffy and red. Can I take 20mg f loratadine?

Allergies: Maximum recommended daily dose of loratadine is 10mg. Consider getting some over the counter allergy eye drops. Over the counter nasal steroids can also help eye symptoms (example of one is fluticasone) since the nasolacrimal area is so close. ...Read more

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Seems to be having allergy as spring has started. Had 2 Claritin 24 in the last 48 hours. However still have itchy eyes. Is it normal and can I contin?

Seems to be having allergy as spring has started. Had 2 Claritin 24 in the last 48 hours. However still have itchy eyes. Is it normal and can I contin?

Itchy eyes: With uncontrolled allergy during a problem season, we commonly see itchy eyes for one of two reasons. Either the eyes are excessively dry due to antihistamine use, a common side effect. This is combated by adjusting the antihistamine dose or using artificial tears. If due to allergy, the eyes are both itchy AND watering. OTC eye drops for allergy may help in this case. ...Read more

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My eyes cry and are very itchy. I have allergies since its that time of year. I'm taking Claritin (loratadine) which seems to help. Advice?

My eyes cry and are very itchy. I have allergies since its that time of year. I'm taking Claritin (loratadine) which seems to help. Advice?

Try drop: You may also try antihistamine-containing eye drops. But if problem not controlled with drop or antihistamine, consult an allergist. ...Read more

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I've had an allergy for 6 months itchy eyes. The worst part is the horrable smell I get in my nose when I bend over. I have taken loratadine 10m which does not help.

I've had an allergy for 6 months itchy eyes. The worst part is the horrable smell I get in my nose when I bend over. I have taken loratadine 10m which does not help.

Hello.: Hello. If you experience a very bad odor, it might be prudent to have your doctor evaluate you for possible sinusitis or other upper respiratory tract infections. ...Read more

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My almost 21 mo old is sneezing and has watery eyes much like my older kids' allergies. Is a smaller dose of Claritin (loratadine) okay for her? It's bad day/night

My almost 21 mo old is sneezing and has watery eyes much like my older kids' allergies. Is a smaller dose of Claritin (loratadine) okay for her? It's bad day/night

Remove the allergen: She may have perennial allergies to pets or dust mites. It would be best not to use systemic medication in such a young infant. Try to find out what her allergies are (have the older ones been tested?) and remove the allergen from the environment. ...Read more

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I'm having a allergy attack with sneezing and eye irritation - likely from dust. I took a Claritin, no effect. Can I take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

I'm having a allergy attack with sneezing and eye irritation - likely from dust. I took a Claritin, no effect. Can I take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Allergy attack: From dust, and claritin didn't work, probably benadryl (diphenhydramine) too won't, no harm trying, it's sedaing though, don't exceed recommended dosage or drive if drowsy, try saline nasal wash several times, that would help cleanse any allergens sticking to your nasal passages, also try OTC steroid nasal spray, and if antihistaminic eye drops are OTC in your state, till seen by an allergist, check acaai. Org ...Read more

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My 8yo grandson has severe allergies to pollen resulting in extreme eye itchiness, inflammation, and irritation. He currently takes Claritin upon the advice of his pediatrician, but his eyes still bother him to the extent that he doesn't want to go outsid

Eye: Eye drops and nasal sprays can relieve symptoms of ocular itching. They are given over the counter but if not strong enough, an allergist can prescribe more effective eyedrops and nasal sprays. Allergy shots over a year or two will also benefit thus scenario. ...Read more

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I have horrible allergies right now (runny nose, itchy eyes, itchy throat) I took claritin (loratadine) & zyrtec they didn't work what do you suggest I try now?

I have horrible allergies right now (runny nose, itchy eyes, itchy throat) I took claritin (loratadine) & zyrtec they didn't work what do you suggest I try now?

Allergies: 21 year old lady with allergies unresponsive to OTC antihistamines. If blocking histamine has not worked, try using a nasal corticosteroid spray such as Flonase which you can buy over the counter. You should also try to avoid allergen triggers and visit a specialist in Rheumatology who can use an allergy panel to diagnose your specific allergy and possibly do immunotherapy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Every day I have watery eyes, itchy skin, sneezing constantly due to allergies. I've tried Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Claritin, nasal spray fluticasone, and Zyrtec?

Every day I have watery eyes, itchy skin, sneezing constantly due to allergies. I've tried Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Claritin, nasal spray fluticasone, and Zyrtec?

See an allergist: See an allergist who can help you identify what you are allergic to, if it is allergies, and help prescribe a combination of medications that will control your symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm having severe itchy burning head from hair color allergy. Can I take two Loratadine tablets 10 milligram? One isn't helping very much

I'm having severe itchy burning head from hair color allergy. Can I take two Loratadine tablets 10 milligram? One isn't helping very much

Worthless: There is no role for loratadine in treating this type of allergic reaction. A physician needs to evaluate the reaction and treat appropriately. If sure of the cause, the best otc medication would be topical hydrocortisone. Step 1, of course, is to rinse away the hair dye as much as possible. ...Read more

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I take Claritin & sudafed daily to help w/allergies & asthma, but allergies &/or head cold are very bad now. What else can I add? Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

I take Claritin & sudafed daily to help w/allergies & asthma, but allergies &/or head cold are very bad now. What else can I add? Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Nasal steroid sprays: The most effective treatment for nasal allergies are nasal steroid sprays such as flonase, qnasl, nasonex, (mometasone) veramyst, etc. These are safe and effective, but a person needs a prescription from their doctor. ...Read more

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I know there is clariten d and allegra d for allergies, but are there any eye drops and nasal sprays that are equally effective?

I know there is clariten d and allegra d for allergies, but are there any eye drops and nasal sprays that are equally effective?

Nasal sprays: Topical steroid nasal sprays are available by prescription. They are the most effective treatment for allergies affecting the nose and some have shown improvement in eye symptoms as well. They are safe and 1 product is approved by fda for use down to 2 years old. It's well worth a trip to the doctor. Avoid over the counter nasal sprays; a person can develop dependency and rebound if over used. ...Read more

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Why did I get loratadine allergy?

Why did I get loratadine allergy?

Exposure: All allergies are developed by an immune system reaction to the substance in question. Therefore, allergy requires previous exposure. If you are prone to allergy problems, you can develop an allergy to a particular substance at anytime after you become exposed to it. It sometimes take only a few exposures and other times it takes many exposures. ...Read more

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I have loratadine allergy. What do I do?

I have loratadine allergy. What do I do?

Confirm, alternative: Allergy to antihistaminics is very rare. Fortunately other antihistaminics are availble to help control allergic symptoms. Confirmation is recommended since inactive ingredients of medications (such as corn starch or lactose) might also cause symptoms similar to allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Claritin (loratadine) d is making me too jittery. Is there an allergy?

Claritin (loratadine) d is making me too jittery. Is there an allergy?

Claritin (loratadine) d: This is a side effect of the decongestant in Claritin d. It is not an allergy. You can take plain Claritin and avoid the problem. For your nasal conestion I would try a saline nasal spray and if no help, ask your doctor for a prescription nasal spray. ...Read more

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Which is best for allergy treatment? Loratadine or diphenhydram

Which is best for allergy treatment? Loratadine or diphenhydram

Depends: Both are antihistamines. However Loratadine is a once a day non sedating antihistamine while Diphenhydramine can cause drowsiness and may need to be taken several times a day. ...Read more

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What can I do for a grass allergy? Claritin (loratadine)? Zyrtec?

Various treatments: In general allergy treatment involved avoidance of allergen, use of medications (oral antihistamines, nasal steroids) and allergen immunotherapy. ...Read more

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Can my baby 4 month old take allergy medication as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or claritin?

Can my baby 4 month old take allergy medication as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or claritin?

Not likely: At 4 months you should not be giving your child allergy meds. Take him to the pediatrician and see what is going on. ...Read more

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Hello, am I able to take OTC claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec for allergies during pregnancy?

Claritin (loratadine): We always recommend to avoid meds if possible, but if you have to Claritin (loratadine) should be ok ...Read more

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I take Pepcid and Claritin daily for reflux and allergies respectively. Nursing 7 month old. Okay?

I take Pepcid and Claritin daily for reflux and allergies respectively. Nursing 7 month old. Okay?

Safe: Pepcid (famotidine) is used in newborns in levels higher than would be found in breastmilk. It is safe. Claritin (loratadine) an antihistamine might alter breast milk flow. Consider instead using nasal steroid or nasal cromolyn (both over the counter). Both are safe with breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Is it allergies or is it a cold? I can never tell, so is it ok to take Claritin (loratadine) whenever my nose runs?

Is it allergies or is it a cold? I can never tell, so is it ok to take Claritin (loratadine) whenever my nose runs?

Allergy vs. "colds": Allergic reactions are more likely to involve itching, especially in the eyes. Itchy watery eyes in combination with nasal congestion or "runny" nose is likely to be caused by an allergy. Tracking pollen counts may be useful for observing possible cause and effect relationships with allergy symtoms. If a fever or body aches is present with nasal symptoms think 'not allergy". ...Read more

Dr. Ashraf Abdel Azeem
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Claritin (Definition)

Claritin is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


Eye Allergies (Definition)

An allergic response causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, ...Read more