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Which Antihistamine Does Not Dry Sinus
In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more
Dry eyes. Can't take decongestant or antihistamine for sinus infection. Will Sinoclear serve the purpose of unclogging sinus n post nasal drip?
What causes chronic nasal congestion which responds to afrin but not astelin, flonase, or sinus rinses? Can surgery even work in a case like this?
Afrin (oxymetazoline) rebound: Afrin (oxymetazoline) causes severe narrowing of the blood vessels in the nose and thus the effect on decongestion. However prolonged constriction leads to decrease blood supply to the tissue and may lead to permanent damages. The nose also becomes less responsive to afrin (oxymetazoline) with prolonged use . Flonase counteracts inflammation and Astelin is an antihistamine and neither constricts the blood vessels. ...Read more
What does oral decongestant (Pseudoephedrine) actually do? Thin mucus, reduce mucus and/or dry it up? Also why does it help with post-nasal drip?
Dry eyes. Prescribed Loratadine for sinus infection. Make eyes a lot drier. Can replace antihistamine with decongestant to control post nasal drip?
Nasal mucus. Doesnt seem to stop. Taking a nasal spray with xylometazoline for temp relief. Any thing that can cure it permanently. Its not allergy.
How?: Need to see your doctor to get checked out. I don't know how you knew that the problem was not related to an allergy. The spray you are using should not be used for more than 5 days continuously or you may end up with nasal congestion. The spray also does not reduce runny nose , only congestion. An allergist may be the one you need to see. ...Read more
Would reactine or Claritin (loratadine) break up phlegm congestion, or does it have the opposite effect?
No effect: Loratidine or Claritin is an antihistamine blocking the effects of histamine on nerve endings and the cells that form small blood vessels. It helps treat itching, sneezing, runny nose and post nasal drip. It is ineffective for congestion. Topical antihistamine sprays like azelastine snf corticosteroid sprays like fluticasone are effective for congestion. You'll need a prescription from your hcp. ...Read more
What exactly does an antihistamine do to the body? I have chronic nasal congestion, will it improve that or worsen it?
Decrease inflammatio: Antihistamines may decrease the inflammation caused by allergies causing your nasal congestion. It can't make it worse. It should improve it, if allergy is the cause. Try to figure out what the allergic cause is, if it is something like dust, a hepaair filter might help and you might need to rely on antihistamines. The causes are many including mold, dust, pollen, etc. ...Read more
Can chronic sinusitis with inflammation only but no mucous cause upper back symptoms that respond to nasonex or benadryl (diphenhydramine)?
I have severe dry eyes from Sjogrens I also have allergies i find Zyrtec (cetirizine) way to drying. Does Flonase have the same drying effect as other allergy meds?
If a red, itchy rash with no contact triggers improves with antihistamines (claritin (loratadine) or low dose doxepin) does that mean it is probably eczema?
Itchy rash: Antihistamines control the itch, whether it is eczema or not, the mechanism of itching is common to a number of rashes and antihistamines only help with the end result but not with the cause. To have a proper diagnosis, you need to have yourself evaluated by a dermatologist or allergist. ...Read more
What is the best/fastest acting medication for chronic nasal allergies, with severe watery nose secretion? Does coffee have any effect (vasoconstrict)
See doctor: As you have already tried otc med, you need to consult your doctor and even an allergist to see what may work better for you. There is no drug which works for everyone but a combination nasal steroid/antihistamine would likely work better. Even more important- identify the cause and thus the need to see an allergist. ...Read more
Can antihistamines help reduce mucus flow to treat post-nasal drip, or do they just dry it up (thus making it thicker)?
Antihistamines: Would help the sneeze, the itchiness, and to a lesser extent the secretions. Mucous flow is generally due to inflammation, which can be due to allergies, viruses, irritants, etc..so the key in management is to reduce the inflammation of whatever reason. Proper assessment by an ENT / an Allergist is what you need, good luck ...Read more
What is the best way to clear ear congestion? Claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec-d, and Neti Pot did not help. I have allergy-like congestion, but can not clear left ear
Maybe steroids: Your eustachian tube may be congested. It might be time to see an ENT for consideration of either nasal steroids or a tapered dose of oral steroids. In the interim you may also consider using afrin nasal spray 2 sprays each nostril twice a day for only three days. Combine this with gently trying to clear your ears by pinching your nose shut gently and blowing against the closed nose. ...Read more
I know the inhaler contains the decongestant levomethamphetamine. does this relieve chest congestion or only nasal?
Congestion: Asthma medication or inhalers are for the lungs. They will do nothing for nasal congestion and this is why not having good medication to cover allergy symptoms will continually trigger the asthma. You need both when you have symptoms in both areas a nasal decongestant for your nose and inhalers for your lungs. ...Read more
I have a chronic runny nose during allergy season, but no other allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes or sneezing. Is there an antihistamine that tends to work better for runny nose only? How long should I stay on an antihistamine to tell if it works befo
Allegra & Claritin (loratadine): Allegra (fexofenadine) & Claritin (loratadine) (loratidine) have the advantage of long duration of action (~24 hours) and lack of sedation. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is nearly as good but 1 in 12 users get drowsy on this one. All otc antihistamines treat all symptoms of allergic noses and eyes except for stuffy nose. Buy the generic versions and get the same effect at lower cost. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dry eyes blepharitis. On Dothiepin 31mg. Don't know if it contribute to problem. SSRI not well tolerated. Which antidepressant won't cause dry eyes?
All might do it: It really appears to be trial and error and w/ how long a weaning some require that's a very troubling reply - I know. Some that often do - don't for a particular person. I doubt anyone knows before hand. It's a good reason to consider CBT psychotherapy if your depression can be managed w/ little or w/out medications and their side effects. Worth a try while you switch meds seeking a winner! ...Read more
Is it possible to get "rebound" side effects from stopping an antihistamine? I've been taking one for 5 months, and have sinus problems since stopping
You probably need it: Rebound to cessation of antihistamines would be unusual, . If you took a combination antihistamine/decongestant, it would be more common. However, you had been taking an antihistamine for 5 months. Had you taken it for a nasal problem? My hunch is that your nasal/sinus problem, for which you had taken the antihistamine in the first place, recurred the moment you stopped it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have bad sinus congestion. I took an antihistamine but it did not help. I'm off it now. And i am still congested. What can I do?
Meds for congestion : Antihistamines usually do not help congestion. A doctor would need to know how long you've been congested and whether you have a sore throat, clear or yellow discharge, itching etc. is it a cold, sinusitis or allergies ? Generally, phenylrphrine, pseudoephedrine and Afrin are used short term for congestion. Chronic cases : evaluate nasal structure, allergies , rule out infection by exam and/or CT. ...Read more
Im currently on 4 antihistamines for chronic uritcaria. I have a sinus infection is there anything i can take to relieve symptoms?
Antihistamines..: Won't treat sinus "infection" , if bacterial infection, whether acute or chronic, antibiotics would be indicated, if it is viral, other measures as saline nasal washes, decongestants, or other meds may be needed. Kindly see your doctor for evaluation ...Read more
How long should I self treat for sinusitis/annoying sinus drainage before i need to see a doctor? Antihistamine helps but i still have thick drainage.
Any time: There are lots of causes of sinus drainage, and just as many ways to treat it. As long as there are no headaches, fever, or stomach upset due to the drainage, you don't need to see a doctor. But if it doesn't go away in a few days, why continue to suffer? Your doctor is there to help you feel well all the time - not just when you can't stand it any more. ...Read more
On antihistamine and sinus medications it says to consult your doctor if you have thyroid disease. Why?
Avoid stimulants: Many otc cold medicines have pseudophed or similar stimulant medications. If you are hyperthyroid, this would be an added stimulant. If your heart rate is already 95 from your thyroid, the added stimulant could be bad for your heart. However, if your thyroid is being treated, and your blood ft4 is normal, you are probably ok. ...Read more
I see a lot of antihistamine and sinus medications that says to consult your doctor if you have thyroid disease. What is the reason for this?
I have sinus issues and due to this my ears keep blocking.I am taking regular antihistamines and my doc has prescribed Flixonase but No relief. Help. ?
See an ENT: When problems like these don’t respond to standard therapy, it’s time to seek specialty help. See an otolaryngologist (ENT, ears/nose/throat). Checking for septal deviation, nasal polyps, etc...One thing that may help in the meantime is autoinsufflation. ...Read more
No: Decongestants reduce the swelling in the nose, but do not clear out the sinuses to the point of changing ct results. Other pathologies will be completely unaffected. ...Read more
I am average size. But my face is always swollen.I do have sinus trouble & use a Nasal spray. I also use Saline spray. Antihistamines don't help?
Is it safe to take an antihistamine and a decongestant everyday to help combat chronic sinus infections?
In general, yes: Improving nasal function will decrease the incidence and severity of sinusitis. If you are allergic and congested then a combination of an antihistamine decongestant can be of help. So can intranasal steroids and other measures. If you have recurrent infections an allergy evaluation and a good ENT evaluation can be of great benefit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sinus problems. If I put my fingertip on my eyelid, I sneeze from the sensation, do I need an antihistamine, deconstest or anti-inflam?
Reflex: Touch eyelid = reflex sneeze. No med for that. If you have "allergy" symptoms you can treat them according to the details. Ask your DR. ...Read more
I woke up with swollen eyelids nose bridge and forehead.
I had sinus last night and took two allergex.
Would an antihistamine work better?
Probably not: Allergex is an antihistamine . It is chlorpheniramine. If it was an allergic reaction, it should have helped.. If it helped , but only slightly then maybe taking a longer acting antihistamine like (cetirizine or fexofenadine) might help. You should also consider other causes for the swelling is the antihistamines are not helping. ...Read more
Daily sinus headache due to regular intake of antihistamines for perennial allergic rhinitis.Please help.Great difficulty in doing work.Taking arinac.
Allergist: You need not suffer as you do... Taking antihistamines will mask the symptoms, but not solve the problem. Allergy treatment will help your body become desensitized to the allergens that affect you. See an allergist asap. ...Read more
Sinus issues for months. Ige, cbc, wbc, sinus xray normal. Have tried decongestant, sinus rinse, steroid spray, antihistamine. Now what?
Will have allergy test Monday. Can I use cold meds without antihistamine? Nasalcrom (cromolyn)? Congested, swollen neck glands, sneezing and sinus & ear pressur
High mold exposure when cleaning. Allergic to mold. 1 wk increasing sinus/chest congestion, itching nose/eyes/throat. Antihistamine? Fluticasone?
Meds: Yes no significant reaction.Get a more detailed answer ›
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