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Is There A Way To Treat Seasonal Allergies Without Medications
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 way to treat seasonal allergies if you can, t use antihistamines because of prostatitis ?
What is a natural, effective way to treat seasonal allergies? I've been taking Benadryl at night for post nasal drip. I'm also taking Flonase daily. I find my allergies are much worse in the evening.
Seasonal allergies: Most allergy symptoms become worse or act up at night, what you currently take isn't controlling your symptoms, and the post nasal drip can be due to sinusitis as well. You need to see an allergist for evaluation and better control of your symptoms, meanwhile: saline nasal washes, make sure you are using flonase right and use it daily, instead of benadryl, take cetirizine or loratadine daily too ...Read more
Allergy medications: There are many medications available that can help allergy misery. Without prescription: antihistamines, nasalcrom, decongestants, guaifenesin, pain relievers, eye drops, homeopathic drops. With prescription: nasal steroid sprays, antihistamine sprays, anticholinergic spray ( atrovent), more antihistamines, more eye drops, allergy immunotherapy injections from your doctor. ...Read more
Allergy: Otc decongestant nose sprays like afrin are very helpful but can only be used 3-4 days. Medications like zyrtec and Allegra are very good. Nasal saline spray is good because it washes out pollen, etc from nose and also acts as mild decongestant. Eye drops like visine allergy are very helpful. Nasal crom nasal spraay is helpful and safe but inconvienent because it requires frequent use. ...Read more
How do you know if you should treat for seasonal allergies or the common cold? So many of the symptoms are the same.
I have countless drug, food and seasonal allergies even though my insurance won't cover allergy shots is it practical to consider them?
Safe meds: Plain nasal saline irrigations are typically very safe. While no medications have been shown to be 100% safe in pregnancy, there are different safety categories of medications. This is also true of seasonal allergies. Category B medications are thought to be safer. Your OB-GYN or allergist should be able to provide a list depending on your symptoms. ...Read more
I have seasonal allergies, what is the best way to decide which drugs to take and when? They are expensive and can sometimes lead to lightheaded days.
Uncertain: Since everyone responds to medication differently, there is no definite answer. However nasal steroid remains the most effective for most people. If this does not work, consider seeing an allergist to help you pin down the cause and not just treat the consequence. ...Read more
Unlikely: Aside from food allergy or protein enteropathy (when the food protein is toxic to your system), people don't get nausea from allergic diseases. One exception may be nausea from a profuse amount of post-nasal drip although I have yet seen one. I would look for another cause for nausea. Fatigue however may be linked to allergic rhinitis. ...Read more
No: If you have the genes to get asthma, it doesn't matter if you treat seasonal allergies or not. It will emerge whenever & wherever you hit the trigger events that let it come out. Many kids have seasonal allergies. Those that ignore them do not get asthma because they chose to live with them without throwing meds or shots at them ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do I do about my horrible seasonal allergies? Should I start on medication like nasonex (mometasone) even before the season?
Allergies : Seasonal allergies can be treated with OTC medications such as generic Zyrtec, Claritin, or Seldane, with generic Flonase and Cromolyn nasal sprays preceded by a plain Saline spray like Simply Saline or Ocean Spray. Reducing exposure to allergens by removing drapery & carpeting, encasing pillows & mattresses, showering & shampooing after exposure to pollens helps too. 'Prevention Works'! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I currently am being treated for seasonal allergies because I feel like I cannot breathe properly or fully. How do I know if it's allergies or anxiety?
Typical allergy: Symptoms include runny nose, nasal congestion, post nasal drip, itchy nose, itchy eyes, watering, tearing of the eyes, and in some cases in those that have asthma, you can get the typical asthma symptoms which include shortness of breath, wheezing, cough. There can also be some skin reactions - itching, etc. These are almost never caused by anxiety - but it can heighten suffering of anything. ...Read more
I have heavy seasonal allergies. What is a good combination of drugs to take? Im on zyrtec (cetirizine) and zetonna and they are helping, but it is still bad.
Can seasonal allergies cause itchy skin? If so, are there tests to confirm the cause? How is it treated? How can you tell allergies from eczema?
Allergies = Itching: One of the most common symptoms associated with allergies is itching. The itchiness can occur in your nose, eyes, mouth, or skin. Allergy testing will document what items you are allergic to as well as telling how allergic you are to each item. Eczema is often allergically mediated and may simply be another manifestation of your allergies. ...Read more
I have severe seasonal allergies.Take every medication. Only thing that really works is prednisone or cortisone shot. Possibke to take on a schedule?
I think i may have a sinus infection i currently take cyproheptadine for my seasonal allergies... Will this same medication work for a sinus infection?
No: Cyproheptadine is an older and very sedating antihistamine. It is safe in pregnancy and is used to treat "cold induced" hives. There are many other (better) choices for allergies. That being said, it is very drying and could prolong your sinus infection. I would suggest you consider either doing nasal saline irrigations, add a mucous thinning agent, or take a decongestant instead. ...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
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