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Dr. Paul Carter
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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more


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Can you take 180mg of antihistamine and a nasal spray such as Flonase while on 25mg of zoloft (sertraline)?

Can you take 180mg of antihistamine and a nasal spray such as Flonase while on 25mg of zoloft (sertraline)?

Drug interactions: Since zoloft (sertraline) can be sedating at times - I would make sure that the antihistamine you use would be non sedating such as Allegra or Claritin - please consult a doctor to make sure about drug interactions but generally Flonase should be ok with zoloft (sertraline). ...Read more

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I am average size. But my face is always swollen. I do have sinus trouble & use a Nasal spray. I also use Saline spray. Antihistamines don't help?

I am average size. But my face is always swollen. I do have sinus trouble & use a Nasal spray. I also use Saline spray. Antihistamines don't help?

Rhinitis: Which can be allergic rhinitis or rhinosinusitis, you need to see an ENT or an allergist, I am not sure about your swollen face, that needs examination, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Can I take an additional oral antihistamine with Azelastine nasal spray? For chronic rhinitis, I find the affects of the spray wear off after 5 hours

Can I take an additional oral antihistamine with Azelastine nasal spray? For chronic rhinitis, I find the affects of the spray wear off after 5 hours

Yes: There is no problem in using both. Have you tried a combination with both a nasal steroid and nasal azelastine? Consider seeing an allergist. ...Read more

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Keep getting blocked nose and inside is two swollen pink lumps what are they? I've tried antihistamine and nasal spray still don't help with breathing

Keep getting blocked nose and inside is two swollen pink lumps what are they? I've tried antihistamine and nasal spray still don't help with breathing

Large turbinates: I agree that an ENT exam is essential but to address your question, the two swollen pink lumps that you are visualizing are the inferior turbinates, a normal structure in the lateral wall of the nasal cavity. This enlargement of these structures may represent allergy. Are you taking OTC nasal sprays for more than 3 days? If you are, you may have rhinitis secondary to overuse of nasal sprays. ...Read more

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Wake up every morning with thick stringy white mucus, partial stuffy nose. Difficult to swallow. On antihistamines and take nasal spray?

Wake up every morning with thick stringy white mucus, partial stuffy nose. Difficult to swallow. On antihistamines and take nasal spray?

Indoor allergy?: Frequently indoor allergies manifest as night time or morning symptoms of congestion, nasal discharge and post nasal drip. While medications are helpful (antihistamines and nasal sprays), allergy testing (for dust mite, mold, feathers, etc) to identify if there is a specific trigger could lead to avoidance measures resulting in improvement with less medications! ...Read more

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I have tried antihistamines & triamcinolone nasal spray but I still feel like my sinuses are very congested and face feels swollen. What could it be?

I have tried antihistamines & triamcinolone nasal spray but I still feel like my sinuses are very congested and face feels swollen. What could it be?

Sinusitis: Sinusitis or a "stuffy nose" is notoriously difficult to treat. Some patients respond more favorably to different intranasal corticosteroids such as mometasone. Other people get benefit from intranasal anticholinergics such as ipraptroprium. Best of luck :) ...Read more

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What is best approach to treating allergy-related stopped up ear (s)/eustachian probs? Antihistamine? Nasal spray? Decongestant?

What is best approach to treating allergy-related stopped up ear (s)/eustachian probs? Antihistamine? Nasal spray? Decongestant?

Nasal sprays: Initially you want to start off with nasal corticosteroid nasal sprays. If this alleviates the symptoms then you do not need to do anything else. However, if you have some relief, then try as needed decongestant. ...Read more

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Have a deviated nasal septum, don't want surgery. Been causing post nasal drip & bad breath for years, taking nasal spray & antihistamine. Not helping.

Have a deviated nasal septum, don't want surgery. Been causing post nasal drip & bad breath for years, taking nasal spray & antihistamine. Not helping.

Reconsider: A deviated nasal septum can cause a lot of problems. My patients who have the surgery almost all wish they had it done sooner. Get in to see an ENT (maybe get a second opinion). He/she can give you more information pertinent to your case. Bad breathe and nasal drip can be a sign of sinusitis and if so, often needs antibiotics. So, a visit to a good ENT will be worthwhile. ...Read more

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Is therean over-the-counter nasal spray similar to stadol?

Is therean over-the-counter nasal spray similar to stadol?

Not likely: Stadol (butorophanol) is an opioid narcotic medication available as a nasal spray. At least in the U.S., there are no otc schedule IV controlled substance narcotic medications to my knowledge. ...Read more

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Is over-the-counter nasal spray addictive?

Is over-the-counter nasal spray addictive?

YES: It is the worst! If you are, you need to see an allergist to help you get over your addiction. ...Read more

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Is saline nasal spray for a 2 month olld over the counter?

Is saline nasal spray for a 2 month olld over the counter?

In a different form: Yes, nasal saline is available for such a young child, but typically is sold as "saline drops" or something similar. Little Noses sells on such type, and there are others. For a little two month old, I'd look for nasal saline drops, rather than spray. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter nasal spray to stop a runny nose?

What is the best over-the-counter nasal spray to stop a runny nose?

None but: Possibly a saline nasal spray or sinol spray- neither would like work well enough. If you have hay fever, an oral antihistamine may be your best bet. ...Read more

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Top of the nose hurts, bone is what hurts, use nasal spray over-the-counter more than six times a day. Rubed nose, could something moved, cartlige?

Top of the nose hurts, bone is what hurts, use nasal spray over-the-counter more than six times a day. Rubed nose, could something moved, cartlige?

Nasal Spray?: If you are using nasal saline spray that is probably fine but if you are using afrin (oxymetazoline) nasal spray - that would be way too often. You don't mention how long you have been using the nasal spray. If you are using afrin -that should only be used short term. Doubt the cartilage moved. ...Read more

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What is an equally effective over-the-counter alternative to the nasal spray astepro used for chronic sinus infections cost is a factor.?

What is an equally effective over-the-counter alternative to the nasal spray astepro used for chronic sinus infections cost is a factor.?

Unfortunately there: Is nothing cheaper that may be as effective as Astepro intranasally speaking. There are several pills by mouth that may help but not be as effective if it has worked good for you. ...Read more

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I end up sneezing all the time when on Vacation in India. Is there any nasal spray I can get over the counter? Tried Zyrtec and it made me very sleepy

I end up sneezing all the time when on Vacation in India. Is there any nasal spray I can get over the counter? Tried Zyrtec and it made me very sleepy

Saline: Don't know what are available in India without a Rx. But Claritin or Allegra will not likely make you drowsy. Cortisone nasal spray is likely your best bet. I also suspect that mold exposure is the likely cause for your problem (Isn't it about Monsoon season in India now?) ...Read more

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Why would I have vertigo since before february even though I have taken antihistomeans and nasal spray?

Why would I have vertigo since before february even though I have taken antihistomeans and nasal spray?

Not due to allergy: The medications you mention address allergic symptoms. Many things cause vertigo. A physician can decipher the possible causes based on the particularities of your symptoms. Go see one. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Vicks sinex nasal spray together?

For few days only: If you do not have heart problems and high blood pressure you may take for few days only. But I advice that you don't treat yourself by taking too much and too long over counter medications. ...Read more

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Can I take fluticasone propionate nasal spray and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Yes: Fluticasone is a nasal steroid spray while Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a traditional antihistamine. There is no drug interactions to worry about. For allergy treatment, consider a new generation antihistamine such as claritin, zyrtec or Allegra as they have less side effects than benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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What are some counter nasal spray decongestants u can use long term?

What are some counter nasal spray decongestants u can use long term?

Decongestant spray: Do not use any over the counter decongestant nasal spray more than 3 days, they are very addictive and you can end up with worse symptoms than you have now. You can use a saline nasal wash ad lib, no problems with that. But you should really get a prescription nasal spray for long term use that does not carry the side effects of otc sprays, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having post nasal drip. I've taken anti histamines and also used nasal spray for 10 days. The PND has reduced but not completely stopped. What should I do?

I'm having post nasal drip. I've taken anti histamines and also used nasal spray for 10 days. The PND has reduced but not completely stopped. What should I do?

Depends: You might need to do nothing. You might wish to try NeilMed rinse. You might consult an ENT otolaryngology Dr. Depends on how much it bothers you. ...Read more

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I have sinus pressure, stuffed nose, headache, been having this for about a week, taken antihistamines, pseudophedrine, nasal spray, none works?

Poss infection: While these symptoms could be allergy, the fact that you have not had relief with medications suggests that it is time to see the doctor. These symptoms could also indicate a sinus infection. An allergist can help sort this out and determine what you are allergic to and help determine a treatment plan for better relief. ...Read more

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I have had persistent sinus inflamation, sore swollen throat and night sweats for a bit over a month. 2 rounds of antibiotics & cortisone. Still sore. What can it be? I am on antihistamines and corticosteroids nasal spray right now. Weekend, so will only

I have had persistent sinus inflamation, sore swollen throat and night sweats for a bit over a month. 2 rounds of antibiotics & cortisone. Still sore. What can it be? I am on antihistamines and corticosteroids nasal spray right now. Weekend, so will only

? incomplete therapy: You might have not received the complete therapy for the condition, chronic/recurring sinusitis is at times difficult to treat, right broad-spectrum antibiotics for a good 4-8 or even 12 weeks of treatment together with steroids initially, and more important is proper diagnosis, also need to rule out causes for chronuc infection/inflammation, see a specialized allergist/Immunologist, goodluck ...Read more

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What to do if I'm addicted to OTC nasal spray?

What to do if I'm addicted to OTC nasal spray?

Depends on what: Are the underlying problems. In some people, it is really a stimulant dependency, and chemical dependency treatment is really ncessary. In others, it is often enough to switch to nasal steroids, which do not produce dependency or stimulation and just stop nasal sprays (usually neosynephrine), and use oral equivalents which are not as re-inforcing. See an ENT doctor first, then mental health help. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I'm addicted to OTC nasal spray?

Depends on what: Are the underlying problems. In some people, it is really a stimulant dependency, and chemical dependency treatment is really ncessary. In others, it is often enough to switch to nasal steroids, which do not produce dependency or stimulation and just stop nasal sprays (usually neosynephrine), and use oral equivalents which are not as re-inforcing. See an ENT doctor first, then mental health help. ...Read more

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Is mupirocin nasal spray otc?

Is mupirocin nasal spray otc?

Mupiricin: Hello, mupiricin nasal is a rx medication. See your doctor for this medication. ...Read more

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Nasal Spray (Definition)

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Nasal (Definition)

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