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Medicine For Allergies
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
Nasal steroid spray: The most effective medical treatment for nasal allergies triggered by pollen, dust, dander etc is topical nasal steroid sprays such as qnasl, flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) etc. Antihistamines can help many people and are available over the counter. The best long term treatment is allergy injections as this can decrease symptoms and medication requirements for years after shots stopped. ...Read more
Lots of Options: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays like Flonase or Nasonex (mometasone) if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important. Allergy shots also option. See Allergist to determine what medications could give you lasting relief. ...Read more
Prevention best: Prevention of flare-ups by avoiding exposure to irritants and allergens that trigger outbreaks and by minimizing skin dryness. Typical skin irritants and allergens include soaps, chemicals, cleaning products, weeds, and some metals, such as nickel. Skin dryness can be avoided or treated by using a perfume-free moisturizer, avoiding scratchy clothes, and using a home humidifier. ...Read more
Medicine allergy: Many people also were falsely labeled allergic to penicillins during childhood. Viral infections are the most common cause of rashes in children. If an antibiotic is given 1-2 days before the rash from the virus would start, your parents are told to stop the medicine because of allergy to the medicine. If this sounds familiar, allergy tests are available to clear these medications off your list. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: You have to be cautious with any medication. Some antihistamines may cause you to be drowsy and impair you specially when driving, others do not have this effect. Read labels carefully and determine what is best for your lifestyle. Avoidance of triggering factors is useful if you know what you are allergic to. A visit to the allergist may be in order! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not a cure: Your medications only help alleviate allergy symptoms thay do not cure them. And, the medications are only effective for up to 12 to 24 hours. If you don't take them, there is no effect. ...Read more
What kind?: You will need to tell us what kind of medication and how soon the reaction started after you took the pill because we can venture a guess. Nonetheless if any medication causes unacceptable side effects, avoidance is the key regardless of the mechanism causing them. ...Read more
Imitrex (sumatriptan) & allergy ok: It's all right to take your allergy medication on the same day as your sumatriptan. There are no dangerous interactions warnings for antihistamines, leukotriene blocking agents or steroids when used in combination with sumatriptan. The only warning that comes close is a warning for the cough syrup ingredient dextromethorphan. ...Read more
Avoidance: Don't eat what causes allergy.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes and no: Ingestion of alcohol is not recommended when taking antihistamines that can produce drowsiness and slowed reaction time. This generally refers to Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and others that have the caution: can cause drowsiness. Alcohol will not affect fexofenadine (allegra) or topical nasal steroids sprays (which are the most effective treatment for nasal allergies). ...Read more
Nasal Saline: The safest and in many cases, effective, is nasal irrigation with saline, available in any store. You can also add a nasal lubricant; there are many brands, my favorite are Rhinaris and Nasogel. If these are effective, great. If not, my suggestion would be to try OTC medications, most of which are safe and effective.Not nasal decongestants. ...Read more
Hi, is there a medicine for allergies in eating chicken and eggs? I get skin rashes which are very itchy everytime i eat. Thank you.
Avoidance.: The way to avoid allergic reactions is to avoid eating chicken and eggs. An antihistamine such as Allegra or Claritin (loratadine) might blunt the reaction somewhat, if you take it before eating the offending food, but it won't work as well as not eating the food in the first place. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Took blood test for my hives/rush. Doc gave me medicine for allergy for 10 days. Do you think I should take it before seeing the result of blood test?
Depends: You apparently were symptomatic enough to see your doctor and if you still have symptoms you should take the medication. ...Read more
I have high blood pressure, is there a good over-the-counter medicine for allergies and sinus headaches and pressure?
I am 21 years old female.I suddenly got brown spot on the thumb of my right hand.
Recently I am taking antibiotics and medicine for allergy.
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