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Could you tell me what's the best medicine/remedy for pet allergies?

Could you tell me what's the best medicine/remedy for pet allergies?

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

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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


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Are there any allergy medicine that works against pet allergies?

Are there any allergy medicine that works against pet allergies?

Although: Antihistamines help — if you have frequent contact with pets that you appear to be allergic to — please see an allergist. ...Read more

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What is good allergy medicine that works against pet allergies, what do you recommend?

What is good allergy medicine that works against pet allergies, what do you recommend?

Allergy shots/remove: All allergy medications will help with pet allergy, but not eliminate them. It also depends on what pet. Cat allergen is so potent that no medication is going to be truly effective. With dogs, removal from the bedroom, washing hands before going to bed and having "bedroom only clothes" may help significantly. Long term solution is desensitization (allergy shots) by a board-certified allergist. ...Read more

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What causes pet allergy development?

What causes pet allergy development?

Pet allergy: If you have an allergic predisposition, you can develop an allergy to almost anything, including pet dander with continued exposure. An allergist can help you by desensitizing you to pets and other allergens, see one for long term relief. ...Read more

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How long does it take to know that a pet allergy is not going to get better?

How long does it take to know that a pet allergy is not going to get better?

Likely Not Soon: If you are truly allergic to animal dander like cat and dog it is unlikely to get better. Allergic sensitization can change with time, but don't expect abrupt resolution overnight. See an Allergist to confirm sensitivity and treat with nasal sprays and antihistamines. Avoidance also key. If you have pets limit access to bedroom, HEPA filters, frequent washing. Allergy shots can also be helpful. ...Read more

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Help please! I don't know when to decide if a pet allergy is not going to get better?

Allergy: Allergy is a chronic disease. Your symptoms depends on the amount of exposure to have to the things that you are allergic to. If you don't have a pet, then you won't have symptoms. Allergy desensitization will treat your pet allergy symptoms. Allergists are specialized in treating this condition. ...Read more

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Can a child's asthma be triggered by a pet allergy?

Can a child's asthma be triggered by a pet allergy?

Depends: Frequently, pet allergy may be a significant trigger in children with asthma. The pet allergy may not always cause immediate, severe symptoms, but may contribute to chronic asthmatic inflammation. Parents often seem to not want to acknowledge this. But not all children with asthma are allergic to pets. Specific testing can be done by your pediatrician, or by an allergist. ...Read more

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I am wondering how to cure an itchy eye caused by pet allergy?

I am wondering how to cure an itchy eye caused by pet allergy?

Allergy drops: Use otc allergy drops and cold applications. If this doesn't work you will need prescription drops. ...Read more

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I have allergies to pets and my eyes itch. What other medicines can I use besides visine?

I have allergies to pets and my eyes itch. What other medicines can I use besides visine?

Zaritor: Kerotifen (zaditor) eye drops is an effective antihistamine available over-the-counter at $25 for a 5 ml vial. Control stinging by keeping vial in frig. Otherwise, this drug is quite safe. Avoid problem animals as much as possible. Wash hands after petting them. There are many prescription drugs as well as immunotherapy if these measures don't work. ...Read more

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What can I do for a medicine allergy?

What can I do for a medicine allergy?

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

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What is the best medicine for stubborn allergies?

What is the best medicine for stubborn allergies?

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

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Do I have to be 18 to buy medicine for allergies?

Do I have to be 18 to buy medicine for allergies?

Depends: It depends on the medication. Some medicines are over the counter and some are behind the counter requiring photo id and signature. ...Read more

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I had allergy today, was it due to any of my medicine?

I had allergy today, was it due to any of my medicine?

Could be!: Without understanding the circumstances and the type of reaction, it is impossible to answer the question. If you started the new medicine, and experienced a reaction, it could be due to allergy to the medication. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what is the best medicine to cure allergy?

I'm curious as to what is the best medicine to cure allergy?

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

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What's a drug allergy like?

Much more than U ask: There are 4 different types of medication allergy and also there are side effect reactions. Type 1- allergic type. Hives, itching, sneezing, wheezing and shock are different forms of this allergy. Type 2-complement related angioedema, swelling type 3 is immune complexes. That is clumps of antibodies with the drug which clog small capilaries in kidneys, joints, skin type 4 is cell-contact dernatiti. ...Read more

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Are drug allergies inheritable?

Are drug allergies inheritable?

The tendancy is.: Patients with drug allergies are more likely than those without to have drug allergies. There probably is a genetic factor, but the gene has not been isolated. ...Read more

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The Best OTC medicine for dog allergy?

The Best OTC medicine for dog allergy?

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

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Is length of use a drug allergy risk?

Is length of use a drug allergy risk?

No: Not to most medications. Occassionally patients will develop reactions to medications that they have taken long term however this is not the usual course. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC allergy medicine?

What is the best OTC allergy medicine?

OTC Allergy: Not fair. Truly, it is trial-and-error. What works best for you might not work best for someone else. Loratadine is the weakest binding non-sedating antihistamine; Cetirizine is the strongest binding non-sedating antihistamine. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works better than both but it makes people sleepy. ...Read more

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How much allergy medicine is too much?

Dosage: More than the recommended dose unless shire red by doctor. ...Read more

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What is the strongest allergy medicine?

Nasal spray: The best medical regimen for treating allergies would be a combination of a nasal steroid and a nasal antihistamine. ...Read more

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How are drug allergies treated usually?

How are drug allergies treated usually?

See below: It depends on the severity of the reaction. Certainly removal of the offending drug is the first step. Then medication to help with itching or hives, an antihistamine maybe needed. Also, steroids are some times used. And in severe cases, hospitalization maybe indicated. ...Read more

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How long before allergy medicine works?

How long before allergy medicine works?

Varies: Depending upon the medication used, the time until the onset of effect will vary. Generally antihitamines work relatively quickly and inhaled steroids may take a week or so to have ful effect. ...Read more

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Will allergy medicine help with a cold?

Will allergy medicine help with a cold?

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 nasal congestion but avoid in children ...Read more

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Which drug is a good allergy medication?

Depends: The choice of allergy medication depends on symptoms. There are several good over the counter antihistamines. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a real drug allergy?

What are symptoms of a real drug allergy?

Rash and anaphylaxis: The most common allergic reaction to a drug is a rash. In severe cases this is accompanied by breathing trouble and could even be life-threatening anaphylaxis. Stomach upset is a common side effect and is not likely to be a true allergy. However, it is still important to let your doctor know this. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure pet dander allergies?

Is it possible to cure pet dander allergies?

Partially: There no "cures" for allergies, but allergy shots, when properly prescribed by an allergist can reduce sensitivity, often to a large extent. ...Read more

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What medicine to take for seasonal allergies?

Several choices: The most effective treatment for relief of seasonal allergies are prescription nasal steroid sprays (qnasl, nasonex, (mometasone) rhinocort, flonase). If symptoms are mild then over the counter zyrtec, claritin, or Allegra can help. It's best to start treating seasonal allergies before the "season" starts. This is a prevention approach. If the above meds haven't controlled symptoms, consider allergy shots. ...Read more

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How can a person be tested for drug allergies?

Not common: It is not common to test for drug allergies. The way to determine if you have an allergy is to see what happens when you take a drug. Certain drugs you know you might have an allergy to if you have other allergies like eggs and Propofol (the drug that mj overdosed on). ...Read more