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What kind of allergy pill will help most with indoor and dust allergies?

What kind of allergy pill will help most with indoor and dust allergies?

Any antihistamine: All antihistamines such as benedryl, allegra, zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) are histamine blockers. They block histamine at the histamine receptor. This is independent of the cause of the release of histamine. So, all antihistamines are useful in the treatment of indoor or dust allergies. ...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 type of allergy pills can I take to help with all-year-round allergies?

What type of allergy pills can I take to help with all-year-round allergies?

Lots of Options: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays like Flonase or Nasonex (mometasone) if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important. Allergy shots also option. See Allergist to determine what medications could give you lasting relief. ...Read more

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What will really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

What will really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

Controversial: Some recent studies are suggesting that there is not much that can be done about environmental control for dust mites. I usually recommend washing bed linens weekly in hot water, allergen encasings, and keeping bedroom as uncluttered as possible. ...Read more

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Is there an all natural nose spray for seasonal allergies? If so , what brand ?I want to lessen the amt.of exposure to any chemicals, etc. Thanks!

Is there an all natural nose spray for seasonal allergies? If so , what brand ?I want to lessen the amt.of exposure to any chemicals, etc. Thanks!

Salt water: Nasal spray containing warm salt water would be your best bet but it is not going to be nearly as effective as medication. There must be many other nasal spray OTC for allergies containing natural ingredients but I have yet seen one which really works that well if at all. ...Read more

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How can allergy shots and antihistamine help reduce the symtoms of pollen allergies ?

How can allergy shots and antihistamine help reduce the symtoms of pollen allergies ?

Changes Immune Sy: Allergy vaccine therapy works by changing the way in which one's body sees an allergen. Instead of seeing the pollen as an allergen with allergy vaccine therapy - through a whole host of complex immunologic changes -- allows the body not to see pollen as an allergen. ...Read more

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If I'm allergic to pollen from a lot of wild flowers and have seasonal allergies from ragweed and dandelions, will I be allergic to chamomile?

If I'm allergic to pollen from a lot of wild flowers and have seasonal allergies from ragweed and dandelions, will I be allergic to chamomile?

Chamomile: tea is recognized as containing sensitizing allergens that may cross-react with pollens from your allergy list. There are accepted skin testing procedures for this. Recommend contacting an Allergist for a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the best kind of vacuum cleaner to use for asthma and allergy issues?

What is the best kind of vacuum cleaner to use for asthma and allergy issues?

With HEPA filter: A vacuum cleaner with a hepa filter puts out pollen-free, dust-free air from its exhaust end. A vacuum cleaner that blows exhaust upward instead of sideways or backwards has less of a tendence to blow dust from the floor into the air, while one is vacuuming. It's best to wear a mask during vacuuming (available at all drugstores), and to use a room hepa filter afterwards to clear the air. ...Read more

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What types of dogs or cats would be the best option for someone with allergies and asthma?

What types of dogs or cats would be the best option for someone with allergies and asthma?

?? allergies ??: You could have tests done to see if you had allergies to either dogs or cats, since just having allergies doesn't mean they would be a problem. However, warm blooded furry pets all shed dander which can aggravate asthma just like dust or smoke. Consider a fish tank. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to ragweeds and pollen so pretty much the outdoors. What can I take to alleviate the symptoms?

I'm allergic to ragweeds and pollen so pretty much the outdoors. What can I take to alleviate the symptoms?

Allergy treatments : Try avoid exposure to ragweed and pollen first, then using hepa filter system and vacuum your carpet more often. Then OTC antihistamines, decongestants, or Neti pot Normal Saline nasal rinse. See an allergy doctor for advice and more potent treatments if neccesary. ...Read more

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What types/breeds of dogs or cats would be the best option for someone with allergies and asthma?

What types/breeds of dogs or cats would be the best option for someone with allergies and asthma?

None really: If you have a specific allergy to dogs and/or cats, the best advice is not to have one. There is a misconception that dogs with hair that don't shed are "hypo-allergenic; however, the allergen comes from the animal's salivary glands. The pets clean themselves by licking and the allergen gets on there hair, fur, & skin. This is also why a reaction is worse when the pet licks you. ...Read more

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It's allergy season! What are strategies to deal help deal with the typical allergy symptoms that does not involve OTC drugs?

It's allergy season! What are strategies to deal help deal with the typical allergy symptoms that does not involve OTC drugs?

Allergist: See a board certified allergist to find out exactly what you are allergic to. Then a plan can be developed specifically for those allergies including approaches such as avoidance, meds and immunotherapy (allergy shots). ...Read more

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Best treatment or medicine for itching eyes due to allergy in the pollen season?

Best treatment or medicine for itching eyes due to allergy in the pollen season?

Itchy eyes: There are many eye drops made for this purpose. Examples are acular, alamast, (pemirolast) Claritin eye, zyrtec eye, Patanol just to mention a few. Sometimes the oral antihistamines work well and sometimes they don't. ...Read more

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How do Dr's or allergist decide to just treat allergies with prednisone instead of using allergy shots?

How do Dr's or allergist decide to just treat allergies with prednisone instead of using allergy shots?

Depends: Prednisone should never be a long term treatment option for allergy. Allergy shots are used when meds and avoidance are not helpful, pt can not tolerate the meds or there is progression of disease. ...Read more

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Why are pollen allergy and general allergies on the increase?

Genetic & Environmen: Both genetic and environmental factors play a role. The chances of developing allergic disease is higher if one parent has an atopic condition, and higher if both parents are atopic. Then in the environment "cleanliness" propegates the immune system towards the allergic phenotype. ...Read more

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Can you have pollen allergy shots during pollen allergy season? Or is having the shots on top of high pollen counts outside too much for your body?

Can you have pollen allergy shots during pollen allergy season? Or is having the shots on top of high pollen counts outside too much for your body?

Can be done: Allergy shots during your problem season can definitely put you at risk for more severe reactions but the risk is minimal and continuing immunotherapy is recommended even during high pollen counts. Talk to your Allergist for more details about risks/benefits ...Read more

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Is there an allergy shot for things like pollen in the spring and fall i can get without having to do a bunch of tests?

Is there an allergy shot for things like pollen in the spring and fall i can get without having to do a bunch of tests?

No: First you need to identify the specific allergens with skin test or blood test for specific ige before you can be treated. There is no universal allergy treatment to cover all things you are allergic to. The testing is really not such a big deal since even a 5 year-old can handle it. ...Read more

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Which are some good ways to deal with a dog dander allergy?

Which are some good ways to deal with a dog dander allergy?

The best way to deal: With this is with formal treatment by an allergist (i.e. Shots). Not having a dog could be a way to avoid having the symptoms all together. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the best combination of meds to treat nose and eye allergies (to pollen, etc...)?

Oral/eyedrops: With both nose and eye symptoms, i recommend trying oral meds first, such as Claritin or zyrtec. If the eye symptoms outweigh the nasal symptoms, or the eye symptoms are not improved with pills, i recommend topical antihistamine eyedrops such as pataday, bepreve, or lastacaft (alcaftadine). You can also use cool compresses for relief. ...Read more

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