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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Itchy throat, itchy eyes, and runny nose. What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?
What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for seasonal allergies? I heard OTC nose sprays should be avoided?
Allergy: Otc decongestant nose sprays like afrin are very helpful but can only be used 3-4 days. Medications like zyrtec and Allegra are very good. Nasal saline spray is good because it washes out pollen, etc from nose and also acts as mild decongestant. Eye drops like visine allergy are very helpful. Nasal crom nasal spraay is helpful and safe but inconvienent because it requires frequent use. ...Read more
Saline/antihistamine: You can try any over the counter antihistamine eye drops, avoid any that have additional medications in them such as a vasoconstrictor because they can cause rebound effect. Some examples: zyrtec, claritin, zaditor (ketotifen). Also use saline throughout the day which will help. Keep drops cool in refrigerator to provide more relief. ...Read more
What is the best allergy treatment for eyes I mean the best eye drops for allergy. Not over-the-counter drugs. Oral antihistamine alone not helping.
Patanol (olopatadine): I prefer patanol (olopatadine) drops. There are others which are similar. The important thing is to wash your face with a cool wash cloth before applying to remove any lingering allergens from your facial skin and around your eyes. This helps my patients a great deal. If you're not better with drops see an allergist for testing, you may want to consider allergy shots. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best over the counter allergy medication? I have a clogged ear, watery eyes and slightly runny nose. I sound gross huh?
Antihistamines: The best over the counter medications for allergies are antihistamines. These come in both sedating and non-sedating forms. I recommend claritin, (loratadine) allegra, and zyrtec (or their generic versions) most often. Some "folk remedies" might be very helpful, but their doses are often quite variable and they might not offer consistent relief. ...Read more
What to do if I have puffy, itchy, runny eyes. What's the best over-the-counter med for eye allergies?
Zaditor (ketotifen): If that doesn't help there are rx options. ...Read more
Several choices: Current over the counter allergy medications that work well for most people with mild allergies are Claritin (loratadine), zyrtec (cetirizine) and Allegra (fexofenadine). One may work better than the other for a particular person, so it is not unreasonable to try more than one. Older antihistamines (benadryl) work, but are associated with more side effects, especially drowsiness. ...Read more
I have high blood pressure, is there a good over-the-counter medicine for allergies and sinus headaches and pressure?
I have a one year old that has allergies what over-the-counter medicine can I give him. He weighs 20 lbs ?
I have allergies and over-the-counter medicine don't work what do I do to get rid of the allergies?
Allergies: See an allergist for testing and appropriate medical care. Add a salt water wash twice daily to your current regimen. It will help a lot. ...Read more
? Over the counter medicine can you take for a cold or allergy's if you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis and heart mummer what over-the-counter med for cold and allergy male 57 emphysema chronic bronchitis and heart mummer can't tak
Talk to YOUR doctor: If you have emphysema/bronchitis, you need a physician with experience in treating pulmonary diseases, and should probably be on a number of medications, including regular inhalers to improve pulmonary function, and acute "rescue" inhalers for sudden symptoms. There are other meds as well. What otc meds you take depends on your other meds, blood pressure etc, and cause of heart murmur. See md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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