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Medicine For Methenamine Hippurate Allergy
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
Very rare: Hiprex is an old drug used for urinary infections only. Allergy with hives, itching, tight throat and even trouble breathing is very rare. Reaction to the drug such as nausea when taken on empty stomach and occas soft stool or diarrhea is not allergy. Hiprex is an antibiotic that can be used for Longterm chronic infections of urinary tract. One of our safer, relatively inexpensive meds. ...Read more
Should be available: Brand name for methenamine (generic name) same as Hiprex which is available. ...Read more
Yes: I presume you must be referring to dry, itchy skin that occurs in winter also called the winter itch. It is not an allergy but caused by drying of the skin due to evaporation of skin oils. This is due to the low humidity and use of dry indoor heat. The treatment is regular application of a good skin moisturizer daily after bath and also using a humidifier to reduce dryness. ...Read more
Yes: Drug allergy is a complex issue, so many drugs r in the market with many active / inactive ingredients, fortunately enough only few people develop drug allergy, if at all in doubt stop the medicine review it with ur doctor to replace it, if it is an absolute necessity to take the drug in question consult an allergist. ...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
Not much: Allergy medications such as Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec work by blocking antihistamine which is not part of the cold/respiratory infection process so not much help. Older antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help some with irritant cough and sleep from drowsy side effect. Decongestants such as Sudafed may help relieve some of the nasal congestion but avoid in children ...Read more
Oral vs iv: In some patients with allergy to drugs, giving orally might not trigger and allergic reacton, while givne intravenously it does. This has been reported with amoxicillin. It appears that concetration is importnat, and in some case, metabolism. Without challenging, it is not easy to predict a reaction in a particlar individual. Safest is always to avoid the drug entirely. ...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
Allergy injections: The best way to approach the treatment of allergies is to 1) identify the allergic trigger and avoid it as much as possible; 2) medications to treat the symptoms; 3) allergy injections by an allergist to decrease the body's allergic response. It takes time, but it can be effective for most people and not only decreases symptoms, but also the need for medications and the good effects persists! ...Read more
Avoid/meds/shots: Keeping the pet out of the house and definitely out of the bedroom would be the first step. Oral antihistamines will help, but I usually prescribe nasal steroids which are more effective for congestion and allergy. Allegy shots for dogs and cats are also very effective--i have saved a few marriages where the husband is allergic particularly to a cat and the wife won't get rid of it. ...Read more
You can try over the counter non sedating antihistamines like claritidin or Zyrtec
And if the nasal congestion is too bad you can also use a steroid nasal spray like Flonase available over the counter or Nasonex (mometasone) by prescription
if these do not help consult an allergist ...Read more
Are there any medicines I can take that can temporarily stop my allergies to cats? Anything that works well?
Depends on symptoms: If you have primarily symptoms of nasal congestion, nasal steroids or nasal antihistamines applied topically gives good relief. If your symptoms include itchiness, etc, antihistamine as a pill is helpful. If our symptoms are primarily with eye irritation, eye drop antihistamines are excellent. ...Read more
Dust mite cover: Using dust mite cover or encasing for your mattress and pillows, wash the linen with hot water every week would kill the mites and decrease the amount of dust mite allergy. If OTC medications do not control your symptoms, you should see an allergist. There are several treatment options for dust mite allergy. ...Read more
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Children and adults with asthma tend to have higher ige levels than individuals without asthma, although there is no absolute cutoff that distinguishes between the two groups. The increase in elevated total ige in asthmatics compared to nonasthmatics is generally driven by atopic individuals.
Ask your dr. Best response. ...Read more
Most AHs and NS: The 2008 updated guideline on rhinitis noted that studies on over 200000 pregnant women failed to show any congenital defect from antihistamines. Nasal steroids are also safe although budesonide is the only one studied and consider Cat. B for pregnancy. In the 1st trimester, avoid Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or hydroxyzine since this is the period congenistal defect occurs. Avoid oral decongestant as well. ...Read more
There are none: If you are truly allergic to sulfa you must avoid all forms of the drug whether it be in eye drops, pills or IV meds. There is no med to cancel out the allergy and true allergy could lead to life threatening consequences if exposed. It would be wise to invest in a medical alert bracelet to make sure people are aware if you cannot communicate. ...Read more