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What spring allergy medication is the best?

What spring allergy medication is the best?

Allergy medications: I suppose you refer to seasonal allergic rhino conjunctivitis treatment, which we commonly refer to as seasonal allergy symptoms including spring. You can try otc antihistamine. However, those are weak medications. If you are still symptomatic, you might want to see your doctor to get stronger and more efficient medications. ...Read more

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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'm curious as to what allergy medication would work best?

I'm curious as to what allergy medication would work best?

Nasal spray: The best medical regimen for treating allergies would be a combination of a nasal steroid and a nasal antihistamine. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of a good cat allergy medication?

Can you tell me of a good cat allergy medication?

It depends...: living with a cat or not. First, Keep the cat out of your living areas especially the bedroom. If living with a cat you need to take allergy medication all the time. Daily Cetirizine or Fexofenadine, Triamcinolone or Budesonide nasal sprays and ketotifen eye drops are all helpful for itching, nasal congestion and eye symptoms. If you get coughing, shortness of breath or wheezing, see an Allergist. ...Read more

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What a good cold, flu or allergy medication out there?

What a good cold, flu or allergy medication out there?

Many choices: There is no magic pill out there and it all depends on what symptoms your are trying to treat. A decongestant for a cold or flu is available is many different combinations over the counter under different brand names. Look at the ingredients, Pseudoephedrine is a good decongestant avilable in combination with other medications. For allergies, a non drowsy long acting antihistamine is allegra (fexofenadine). ...Read more

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Can you give a baby under 1-year-old allergy medication?

Can you give a baby under 1-year-old allergy medication?

Probably not: I occasionally use Benedryl in a infant if they get hives with a food reaction. Beyond that, antihistamines have little use in early childhood. Small nasal passages, environmental irritants (fumes, dust, smoke, etc.) and mild infections cause most of the congestion in infants. Antihistamines provide no benefit to these kids. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter anti-allergy medication?

What is the best over-the-counter anti-allergy medication?

Depends: While it does depend somewhat as to what allergy you are treating, zyrtec and Allegra (fexofenadine) (generics are fine) are now both over the counter, non-sedating, and well tolerated by most people. ...Read more

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Which is the best allergy medication that is over the counter?

Which is the best allergy medication that is over the counter?

Several choices: Current over the counter allergy medications that work well for most people with mild allergies are Claritin (loratadine), zyrtec (cetirizine) and Allegra (fexofenadine). One may work better than the other for a particular person, so it is not unreasonable to try more than one. Older antihistamines (benadryl) work, but are associated with more side effects, especially drowsiness. ...Read more

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What is the best anti-allergy medication for year-round allergens?

What is the best anti-allergy medication for year-round allergens?

Allergy magic bullet: It's different for everyone. Most people respond well to antihistamines like zyrtec, Allegra & claritin, but some do not, & require intranasal steroid sprays. Even that is not enough for some, and medications like singulair (montelukast) or Accolate are used. Beyond that, allergy shots may help better in others. There is no single magic bullet. Check with your doctor, and figure out which is best for you. ...Read more

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Is there an approved OTC allergy medication for my 18month daughter?

Is there an approved OTC allergy medication for my 18month daughter?

OTC Allergy Meds: Many antihistamines can be used in children, but the doses are not generally given for children under two. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is most commonly used. Caution in the use, as they may cause sedation. The dose for Diphenhydramine is about 0.5 mg / pound. The common dose supplied is 12.5 mg / 5 cc. A twenty-five pound child would receive 12.5 mg or 5 cc. Best to see your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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