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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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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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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 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 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'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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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 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 medicine for ezcema?

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

OTC creams, etc...: To treat mild or moderate eczema, Hydrocortisone 1% cream (use a thin coat on the rash, twice a day, for 5-10 days) is cheap, found at most stores and works well. A daily moisturizing cream (cetaphil, cerave, eucerin, etc.) used 2-4 times a day helps to heal eczema & to prevent return of the rash. One can avoid creams with lanolin, aloe, or fragrances if sensitive to the ingredients. Avoid soaps. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC medicine for tonsillitis?

What is the best OTC medicine for tonsillitis?

SORE throat suggest: Hydrate, lozenges especially cepacol which has mild anesthetic properties, tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil, throat coat tea are suggestions. Gargle with warm salt water with a dissolved Aspirin in it. If fever, large lymph glands, or infected looking tonsils then get culture for strep. ...Read more

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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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What is the best over-the-counter medications for bronchitis?

What is the best over-the-counter medications for bronchitis?

Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM: Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm has Guaifenesin that breaks up mucous and dextromethorphan that helps stop the cough. Drink plenty of fluids and change your toothbrush. ...Read more

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

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 OTC cough medicine?

What is the best OTC cough medicine?

Antihistamines: Coughs are caused by mucous running down into your lungs from your nose. If you use an antihistamine (such as benedryl, Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec) to dry up the post-nasal drip the cough will be better. It's best not to use a cough suppressant especially in children because if the mucous is not coughed up it can lead to pneumonia and cough suppressants can have dangerous side effects. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC medication for eczema?

What is the best OTC medication for eczema?

Eczema control: Eliminating irritants, fragrances, dyes, using a mild cleanser w/o washcloth or sponge, not using hot water in shower, moisturizing with fragrance-free cream/ointment for sensitive skin all help with improving eczema. Hydrocortisone ointments may help but care must be taken in where they are used and for how long as they can damage skin. Around eyes, they can increase pressure and lead to glaucoma. ...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 is the best and strongest medicine for teething?

What is the best and strongest medicine for teething?

Teething: the best medication is Acetaminophen in appropriate doses and only when the teething is causing excess discomfort. Keep in mind that teething is an ongoing process and not always the only case of discomfort. Teething doses not cause fever or a runny nose. If your baby seems in too much pain, take him/her to see your pediatrician to be sure that is all that is the problem. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medicine for rash under the breasts?

What is the best over-the-counter medicine for rash under the breasts?

Depends: If you have large breasts and the area under them is moist, then using antiperspirant powder on the area may help. If the area is read and "rashy", try an anti-fungal cream. If the rash is itchy and dry , then it may be from a contact allergen. In the latter case , Hydrocortisone cream may help. ...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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What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for curing itchy eyes?

What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for curing itchy eyes?

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