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Bad allergies. Tried every nose spray and OTC allergy medicine. Still not really helping. What can I do? Eyes and puffy cheeks. Uncomfortable.

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Dr. Martin Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Double up meds

Often allergists give Allegra in the morning and zyrtec at bedtime in addition to taking a prescription nasal spray.
Otc nasal sprays are either decongestants which should not be used for over 5 days or anti-allergy sprays, e.G cromolyn, 1 spray, each nostril, every 3-4 hr but not as effective as the prescription sprays so ultimately you should contact your md and probably need an allergy consult.

In brief: Double up meds

Often allergists give Allegra in the morning and zyrtec at bedtime in addition to taking a prescription nasal spray.
Otc nasal sprays are either decongestants which should not be used for over 5 days or anti-allergy sprays, e.G cromolyn, 1 spray, each nostril, every 3-4 hr but not as effective as the prescription sprays so ultimately you should contact your md and probably need an allergy consult.
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Dr. Bhavin Patel
You may need to get corticosteroid shot and oral regimen of corticosteroids. In the future you will need an evaluation by a board certified allergist and if the allergy tests are positive given your symptoms you would be a good candidate for allergen desensitization (allergy shots)
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
An allergist can evaluate with skin testing and help a person avoid the trigger if possible. The suggestions above are helpful in the short term, but allergy injections are likely the best option for long term control.
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