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Dogs And Antihistamines
Unfortunately, no: To truly decrease dust mite symptoms, several measures are needed including encasements over bedding, hot water washing, reducing humidity and no carpet or frequent vacuuming. Some sprays kill mites, others denature mite proteins, but by themselves they are not sufficient to decrease symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've dust-mite allergy.Should I bother about outdoor environment? or, only indoor environment?Do Veramyst and patanase help with dust-mite allergy?
Work on indoors: There are several things you can do indoors to decrease allergy symptoms from dust mites. Air filters, avoiding open shelves, get rid of carpeting, damp dusting, wear a mask while cleaning, avoid stuffed animals and other items in your bedroom that collect dust, and use an allergy cover on your pillow and mattress. Nasal steroids and nasal antihistamines do help. Outdoor environ is hard to control ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec are both oral antihistamine agents that block the effects of histamine on what is called the h1 receptor. By doing this, they reduce the release of histamine, a substance that causes itching, runny nose, and sneezing. Zyrtec blocks the receptor a bit better, but the clinical effect of the medications is roughly the same. Zyrtec may cause some drowsiness, but may last longer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergic to so much! dust, all pollens, animals! constant rhinitis, making my asthma bad. Taking 2 loratadine, 1 not enough. Any other treatments?
Yes.: Immunotherapy - a series of injections of cat and/or dog dander under the skin over several years - will help you develop some tolerance to pet exposure. Some allergic patients respond better than others and a few patients not at all. Allergy shots alone are often not the complete answer. You may still need to get the pets off the bed, out of the bedroom, & perhaps out of the house. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: They can help alot depending upon what you are allergic to. Some food allergies, such as peanut, even oral antihistamines are not strong enough to prevent anaphylaxis and avoidance is the only "treatment" in wide spread use. Milder allergies can be improved with antihistamines. Check with your allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can animal allergies cause anaphilaxis? I'm allergic to most animals but mostly cats, dogs and horses. It's very very hard to breath if i'm near them.
Rarely: Animal dander, in highly allergic people, can cause serious allergic reactions but usually the worst of it is triggering an asthma attack with cough, wheeze and shortness of breath. Animal avoidance is best but allergy shots are an excellent alternative. Possibly treating the asthma with an inhaler prior to exposure can also help. Anaphylaxis is incredibly rare to pet dander. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nasal allergy - sneezing, watery eyes and allergic to dust, season change and unnatural air viz a/c, fans etc. Take allegra tablets (120-180 mg), spray?
Mixed rhinitis: Sounds like perennial mixed rhinitis with both allergic and non-allergic triggers. Evidenced based medicine says topical nasal steroid spray is primary treatment, topical or oral antihistamines next and possibly montelukast (singular). Allergen immunotherapy can also be very helpful. See your pcp or board certified allergist. ...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