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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 more
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 more
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
Nasal saline: Nasal saline is a mild decongestant that can be used if one is averse to using medications. ...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 more
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.
New brown spot: See your doctor to determine what it could be. ...Read more
Itchy throat, itchy eyes, and runny nose. What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?
Stop taking it: If it is an extreme necessity, and there are no alternatives, and you don't know whether this an allergic reaction or an adverse drug reaction (side effect), see an allergist/immunologist for evaluation and possible desensitization to the said drug for treatment of a particular disease episode, good luck ...Read more
Various Options: Daily steroid or antihistamines nasal sprays (fluticasone, azelastine) are helpful. Determining exactly what you could be sensitized to in order to practice appropriate avoidance measures is also important. If medications and avoidance are not effective or not feasible allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) could be an option as well. Other meds include Sudafed, Mucinex, (guaifenesin) Afrin, oral antihistamines ...Read more
Allergy to HIV meds: Drug allergies can occur to virtually any medication. The symptoms vary greatly. Rashes are a common sign of drug allergy, but so are joint pains and many other symptoms. Most reactions are side effects and not allergies. Here is wiki's index of which HIV medications cause which types of adverse symptoms and reactions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/management_of_hiv/aids#adverse_effects. ...Read more
No cure yet, but...: Allergy shots (allergen immunotherapy) is currently the only treatment that is disease modifiying, meaning it can change how the body responds to exposure to allergens. It is "natural" and long-lasting effects carry on after shots are stopped. It works for most, but not all people. The Closest thing to a cure so far..... For more read my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare. Com/2013/03/its-no. ...Read more
Treating congestion: Cold/allergies are usually a very vague and general term to descibe of nasal congestion, runny nose, cough due to post nasal drip and headache if there are sinus infections. Depending on what causes it and how severe your symptoms are, the best treatment can be different. If you can be more specific, it would be helpful. Otherwise, you should see a doctor to be evaluated to see which treatment is best. ...Read more
Cetirizine: The most effective second generation, minimally sedating antihistamine is Cetirizine (adult dose 10 mg at bedtime). No antihistamine will allow ad lib dog contact so minimize contact, keep dog out of bedroom, use hepa filter in bedroom. If still symptoms have to consider rehousing dog in another home. ...Read more
Most effective med: The most effective medication for seasonal allergies is topical nasal steroid sprays such as qnasl, flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) rhinocort, nasacort, etc. Antihistamines are pretty good for mild symptoms of itching, sneezing, runny nose, but less effective for nasal congestion or stuffiness. The Best effect if nasal spray started before symptoms start! ...Read more