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What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read more

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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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What distinguishes a head cold from seasonal, pollen allergies?

What distinguishes a head cold from seasonal, pollen allergies?

Sneezing, itching: Good question. Often times it is difficult to distinguish the two. Seasonal allergies will usually be triggered at the same time every year and you will notice a pattern. You will also notice some symptoms like itchy red eyes and sneezing. Many of the symptoms do overlap though. ...Read more

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Is hay fever a seasonal allergy in cold clinate?

Is hay fever a seasonal allergy in cold clinate?

Seasonal rhinitis: Hay fever is a misnomer for a form of seasonal rhinits. It may arise in any climate. We call it seasonal rhinitis and it is usually aggrevated in the spring or fall. ...Read more

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How are swine flu and seasonal flu different?

How are swine flu and seasonal flu different?

Differences: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate: http://www.Newmilfordschools.Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu.Pdf. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies cause asthmatic symptoms? Will allergy shots help?

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Yes to both: Pollens and outdoor molds can cause both nasal symptoms and asthma. Immunotherapy or allergy shots have been demonstrated to help both conditions. Controlling nasal symptoms can help with the asthma. ...Read more

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What seasonal allergy medscanitakesafelywithfluoxetine(prozac)?

What seasonal allergy medscanitakesafelywithfluoxetine(prozac)?

Allergy meds: Most second generation antihistamines can be taken with Prozac without interaction, such as allegra, zyrtec and claritin. Steroid and antihistamine nasal sprays are also safe and carry less sedating side effects. ...Read more

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Can pollen cause seasonal allergies?

Can pollen cause seasonal allergies?

Often is the cause: Pollen released from flowers and plants is often a cause for hay fever (seasonal allergies). Spring & summer time is the most challenging time for allergy sufferers. Some people find relief by eating honey that is produced locally because it can help build some tolerance to the pollen that causes one's hay fever. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies cause asthma?

Can seasonal allergies cause asthma?

Yes: Seasonal pollenosis (the spring time pollen season) can be a trigger for asthma as well seasonal rhinitis and conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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How can seasonal pollen allergies work?

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How can seasonal pollen allergies work?

Seasonal symptoms?: Pollination from grasses, weeds, and trees are seasonal. Thus depending on what you are allergic to, your symptoms would appear during the time when that particular plant (plants) pollinate. Trees tend to bloom in the spring, grasses spring/summer, weeds late summer/fall. ...Read more

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Could loratadine treat indoor allergies, or only outdoor allergies?

Could loratadine treat indoor allergies, or only outdoor allergies?

Both: Loratadine (brand name claritin) is fda approved for seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and hives. However, it is also effective for treating allergies caused by indoor allergens such as animal dander and dust. ...Read more

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Is chronic bronchitis seasonal?

Is chronic bronchitis seasonal?

By definition, no: Chronic bronchitis is, by definition, not seasonal. It is defined as a cough that is productive of mucus every day for 3 months in a row. It is often considered a variant of emphysema/copd, which is almost invariably caused by smoking tobacco. ...Read more

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Reduce severe seasonal allergies?

Reduce severe seasonal allergies?

Meds & allergy shots: The best treatment for seasonal allergy is immunotherapy (allergy shots), which can cure the disease altogether. Medications such as antihistamines and nasal steroids are possible treatments as well. ...Read more

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Can honey lessen seasonal allergy symptoms?

Can honey lessen seasonal allergy symptoms?

Probably not: Honey has been anecdotally reported to lessen symptoms in people with seasonal allergies. But these results haven't been consistently duplicated in clinical studies. Still the idea isn't so far-fetched. Honey has been studied as a cough suppressant and may have anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, some experts point out that honey can contain traces of flower pollen — an allergen. And one treatment for allergies is repeated exposure to small amounts of allergens. For now, however, it appears that honey may just be a sweet placebo. But don't let that stop you from using it in food and beverages. Just don't give honey to children younger than 1 year because of the risk of infant botulism, a rare but serious form of food poisoning. Ozone air purifiers. ...Read more

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Is it hay fever or seasonal allergy worse?

Is it hay fever or seasonal allergy worse?

Both the same: These terms are use for essentially the same process. I don't know many people who hang around "hay" to get their hay fever, although there can be a lot of moldy or allergenic stuff in hay. The term evolved to mean the same thing as seasonal allergy. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies cause low grade fever in children? Specifically: tree pollen, sneezy, snotty runny nose, and a 99.4 temp.

Can seasonal allergies cause low grade fever in children? Specifically: tree pollen, sneezy, snotty runny nose, and a 99.4 temp.

Remember: 99.4 is not a fever. Anything above 100.4 degrees f is considered a fever. Allergies don't normally cause fevers unless there is overlapping viral or bacterial illness , then it would ...Read more

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Are tree pollen allergies treated differently from other allergies?

Are tree pollen allergies treated differently from other allergies?

No: Generally no. If you are receiving allergy shots, it is important to have the correct tree pollen that is responsible in the shot, but otherwise the basic principles are the same. Knowing which tree pollens are responsible for your allergies can help plan desensitization (allergy shots) and might help you predict which seasons will be difficult for you. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies make asthma worse?

Can seasonal allergies make asthma worse?

Yes: Yes, seasonal allergies can definitely make your asthma worse, especially if you have IgE or allergic induced asthma. Make sure your allergies and asthma are both well controlled with daily nasal sprays and inhaled sprays. Maximizing control of both upper and lower airways will keep you from progressing to a full blown exacerbation. See Allergist for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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20 asthma severe dust allergy pet fur feather some food allergy recurrent sinus upper respiratory infections pale low energy swollen glands nausea?

20 asthma severe dust allergy pet fur feather some food allergy recurrent sinus upper respiratory infections pale low energy swollen glands nausea?

Lots of allergies : There are many complaints and symptoms - many of which may be related to your allergies. Go see an allergist and work through your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you die from seasonal allergies like pollen?

Can you die from seasonal allergies like pollen?

Allergic Rhinitis: Nope. But i know people who suffer so much during the allergy season they wonder if they will make it through. ...Read more

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Seasonal Allergies (Definition)

An allergic response causing itchy, watery eyes, ...Read more