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Cedar: Cedar is a late fall, winter and early spring problem in many states. If meds are ineffective orally, i would try a mix of intranasal anithistamines and steroids. Oral or injectables should be saved for emergencies. Remember allergy is genetic and only immunotherapy can rebuild your system. I found that allergy shots help my patients. ...Read more
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
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
Post-nasal drips?: If the cough is from post-nasal drips , then I prefer using cetirizine or fexofenadine. A better option would be a nasal steroid. However if the cough is from a sinus infection, you may then need an antibiotic; from asthma, you will need asthma medications. Best to see a doctor. ...Read more
Anti histaminic: Claritin (loratadine) is a prescription anti-histaminic (anti-allergic) medication which has less of a tendency to cause sleepiness as a side effect. Diphenhydramine (benadryl) is not in Claritin (loratadine) but it is an over the counter anti-histamine of slightly higher potency than claritin, (loratadine) but a much stronger tendency to cause drowsiness. ...Read more
Depends: All 3 of the mentioned new generation antihistamines (zyrtec, allegra, (fexofenadine) clarinex) are effective for treating allergic rhinitis and hives. What's interesting is that each individual person may respond better to one over the other. While every allergist probably has his/her favorite, truth is...They all work. If not happy with one, try a different one! ...Read more
I have not seen it: True allergic reactions to sudafed are rare. More commonly people will not tolerate the drug effects of the medication. This can include heart racing, elevated blood pressure, sleeplessness, feeling jittery. This medication can case problems with an enlarged prostate and certain kinds of glaucoma. In the first trimester of pregnancy, it is associated with an increased incidence of a birth defect. ...Read more
Zyrtec, claritin, (loratadine) allegra, clarinex. Other allergy pill options? Year-round, persistant allergies. Wet in ears, post-nasal drip (sore throat).
Before you go : Looking for another allergy medication, i would keep the one that works best for you and take it diligently everyday with a steroid nasal spray twice daily for a month to see a big difference with just burst of meds here and there and only when you feel like it. If you have already done this, then it is time to see your doctor, possibly referral to allergist or ENT depends on what the problem is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Zyrtec (cetirizine): Zyrtec (cetirizine) has more anti-allergy or anti-inflamatory effects than clariten (loratidine) and is often better for most allergic symptoms. It does cause drowsiness in some patients. Antihistamines work best when taken at bedtime if you are taking them on a daily basis - as in a pollen allergy or allergy to a pet that lives in your house. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Partially: I assume you mean hives or itchy rash from sun exposure (solar urticaria or polymorphous light eruption). Antihistamines can help treat the itch associated with the hives. If rash occurs often, taking an antihistamine daily may help. Sunscreen with uva and uvb blockers may help as well. These may not help other sun-sensitive rashes (eg, with lupus). See an allergist or dermatologist for more info. ...Read more
What antihistamine would be comparable to fexofenadine (allegra)? Is Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec comparable?
None of these: These medications are antihistamines which counter the affects of allergies. They are not antibiotics which are typically prescribed for sinus infections. Decongestants and sinus rinses may help with the symptoms associated with the sinus infection, but these antihistamine medications, in my experience, do little for this condition. ...Read more
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