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What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine to use?

What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine to use?

Allergy medications: Unfortunately there is no "best" brand. Different patients respond better to one medication than to another. Loratadine, diphenhydramine, fexofenadine and certrizine are all effective. ...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 is the best over the counter. Med to reduce fever?

What is the best  over the counter. Med to reduce fever?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin: Fever reducing medications (antipyretics) include tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen) and motrin/advil (ibuprofen). Both are equally effective. However, remember that fever is a symptom, not a disease. Symptoms need to be explored to find the cause. Best to consult with your doctor before starting a fever reducing medication. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?

What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?

It depends: 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

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What is the best way to treat Dyshidrosis Eczema over the counter?

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What is the best way to treat Dyshidrosis Eczema over the counter?

Not easy: Are the hands the major issues? If so. Avoid antibacterial or scented soap. Use a good moisturizer as often as possible after hand washing. Avoid irritants or solvents- wear non-tatex gloves as precautions. There is no great solution however OTC or Rx. ...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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What is the best over-the-counter anti-histamine to buy for itching?

What is the best over-the-counter anti-histamine to buy for itching?

ANTIHISTAMINE: There is no "best" antihistamine. They all work. Some people respond to bendryl, others to zyrtec or pyrabenzamine or Allegra (fexofenadine) or any others. Try them all and see which works best for you. ...Read more

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What's the best over the counter medication and the safest for treating pinworm ?

What's the best over the counter medication and the safest for treating pinworm ?

Ask the pharmacist: At your local drug store, pyrantel is the generic used in the USA OTC, but read the labels carefully, and more importantly is to be sure that it is pinworm infestation not something else, good luck ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the best pain medicine over the counter?

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Need advice on what is the the best pain medicine over the counter?

Pain medication OTC: There are several pain medication over the counter such as anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, pain medication like tylenol (acetaminophen). The best pain medication would be the one that you respond to as that people respond differently to different medications. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine (over the counter or prescription) for relieving head congestion?

What is the best medicine (over the counter or prescription) for relieving head congestion?

Congestion: If you use a neti pot, be certain you use boiled water, sterile water, or distilled water. Never use water straight from the tap. There have been cases of brain infection/abscess from organisms in tap water. ...Read more

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What is the best otc cough medicine available for the flu?

What is the best otc cough medicine available for the flu?

Symptom control: The best route is to focus on the symptom(s) most bothersome for you. Acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen are best for fever, chills and muscle aches/pain. Guaifenesin thins mucus secretions to allow you to cough up the "junkiness," whereas dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. Stimulants like Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) dry up nasal/eye secretions. Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter anti-allergy medication?

What is the best over-the-counter anti-allergy medication?

Depends: While it does depend somewhat as to what allergy you are treating, zyrtec and Allegra (fexofenadine) (generics are fine) are now both over the counter, non-sedating, and well tolerated by most people. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medication for eczema in children?

What is the best over-the-counter medication for eczema in children?

Olive oil: For our kids in alaska (where we know about eczema!), we just put a little olive oil in their bath water every day and that worked great. ...Read more

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What is the best lactose intolerance medicine that i can get over the counter?

What is the best lactose intolerance medicine that i can get over the counter?

Brand name Lactaid: The brand name lactaid chewables work well and taste good. If quite lactose intolerant, chew one lactaid with each slice of pizza or each 6 ounce yogurt cup. The more lactose in the food, the more lactaid chewables needed. For example, one may chew one tablet while eating a slice of pizza, and chew a second tablet while eating a scoop of ice cream for dessert. ...Read more

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What is the best over the counting topical anesthetic? Which can you recommend?

What is the best over the counting topical anesthetic? Which can you recommend?

Lido Cream 5: It is formulated using the highest concentration of Lidocaine allowed without a prescription, typically used to reduce pain. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC antihistamine?

What is the best OTC antihistamine?

OTC antihistamines: The second generation zyrtec, allergra or Claritin (loratadine) are comparative. None are perfect. Zyrtec is slightly more likely to make you tired ot sleepy. Often one works a little better than another and i adise you to test all three. ...Read more

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Is there an over the counter medication I can use to help clear up the shingles's?

Is there an over the counter medication I can use to help clear up the shingles's?

Calamine lotion: No medicine will clear up shingles. However you can try to put some soothing cream on the area to keep it from being uncomfortable. ...Read more