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Doctor insights on: Eye Drops And Nasal Sprays For Allergies

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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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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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I've used eye drops, nasal spray for dry nose, and a good allergy medication. Can you recommend anything else for me?

Symptoms?: What are your symptoms? Sounds like you are trying to treat allergies. Some of what you are doing may be exacerbating your symptoms if they are dry burning irritated eyes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use steriod eye drops for dry eyes and steriod nasal spray along with allergy pills?

Is it safe to use steriod eye drops for dry eyes and steriod nasal spray along with allergy pills?

No and yes: Steroid eye drop is not to be used for dry eyes. If you have already been using artificial tear regularly without benefits, there are other safer options such as plugging the duct passage to the nose (it takes no more than 5 minutes and is painless), a trial with Restasis, and more recently processed autologous serum (using your own serum). Steroid nasal spray and allergy pills are ok. ...Read more

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Use eye drops meds for high IOP. Is it safe to use OTC nasal spray Nasacort (triamcinolone) to control allergies?

Use eye drops meds for high IOP. Is it safe to use OTC nasal spray Nasacort (triamcinolone) to control allergies?

Likely ok: Although the WHO statement mentioned increase IOP as a potential problem with nasal steroid, I have not seen such an association. The best way to find out is to check the IOP after you have been on nasal steroid for about a month if you are really concerned. ...Read more

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I have severe allergies was perscribed astelin nose spray & eye drops zyrtec (cetirizine) ventolin inhaler duo neb its not that effective add anything?

Allergy asthma meds: It sounds like you have severe allergies and some asthma . OTC sprays Nasacort and Flonase help nasal symptoms but take a few days to kick in . Singulair (montelukast) is a prescription pill that can help with nasal or chest symptoms . Steroid inhalers are important for asthma (e.g. Qvar, Flovent). If allergies are severe, see an allergist and get skin tests. Allergy shots are better than meds for long term. ...Read more

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I see many people asking questions about oxymetazoline nasal spray. But today i bought eye drops containing it. What exactly is it useful for in eyes?

I see many people asking questions about oxymetazoline nasal spray. But today i bought eye drops containing it. What exactly is it useful for in eyes?

Oxymetazoline: This is a vasoconstrictor, so it is used to clear the redness in the eyes and to decongest the nose. Not a problem if used short term but long term use can create significant side effects. ...Read more

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Is there any possibility that ingredients of nasal sprays go into the eyes and cause problem? Like when eye drops drain into nose and throat?

Is there any possibility that ingredients of  nasal sprays go into the eyes and cause problem? Like when eye drops drain into nose and throat?

Eye/nose connection: Eye drops drain with gravity down the lacrimal ducts into the nose. Ear drops thru Eustachian tubes also drain with gravity into the nose. Nasal drops and aerosols can't work up into the eye (or ear) against gravity like your home plumbing - it's one way. However, a bone defect between nose and orbit (like from fracture or surgery) can cause air or medication from nose into orbit around eye. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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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Bad allergies. Tried every nose spray and OTC allergy medicine. Still not really helping. What can I do? Eyes and puffy cheeks. Uncomfortable.

Bad allergies. Tried every nose spray and OTC allergy medicine. Still not really helping. What can I do? Eyes and puffy cheeks. Uncomfortable.

Double up meds: Often allergists give Allegra in the morning and zyrtec at bedtime in addition to taking a prescription nasal spray. Otc nasal sprays are either decongestants which should not be used for over 5 days or anti-allergy sprays, e.G cromolyn, 1 spray, each nostril, every 3-4 hr but not as effective as the prescription sprays so ultimately you should contact your md and probably need an allergy consult. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more