Any alternatives to oral antihistamines?

Depends. It depends on what symptoms you are treating. Assuming that you are treating seasonal allergy symptoms, you could also try prescription nasal sprays, singulair, (montelukast) or allergy shots.
Several. For treating allergies, avoidance is important if practical/possible. Antihistamines are also available as a nasal spray. The most effective treatment for nasal allergies are the nasal steroid sprays. Leukotriene modifier (like singulair (montelukast) pills) is an option. Long term control is best achieved through treatment with allergy injections.

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Any effective OTC alternatives to oral antihistamines?

Antihistamine picks. To answer this we need to know what symptom you want the antihistamine to treat. If you want to stop itching, oral steroids can be used, they are very strong and work well but have loads of side effects and dangers. For a runny nose from allergies, nasal antihistamine or corticosteroid sprays are more effective; montelukast can also be tried. None of these are otc, though. Read more...
Yes . For nasal symptoms of allergic rhinitis try nasalcrom, an otc nonsteroidal nasal spray. Nasalcrom contains cromolyn, a purified but unaltered herb from the khella plant (ammi visnaga). See the photo. For itching there are plenty of topical creams and lotions that provide temporary relief. Sarna lotion is one such product. You can't beat otc antihistamines like Allegra for safety, efficacy or cost. Read more...

Are alternatives to oral antihistamines more effective or less effective?

Antihistamine picks. To answer this we need to know what symptom you want the antihistamine to treat. If you want to stop itching, oral steroids can be used, they are very strong and work well but have loads of side effects and dangers. For a runny nose from allergies, nasal antihistamine or corticosteroid sprays are more effective; montelukast can also be tried. For sleep at night, other meds may work better...Etc. Read more...
Depends on alternate. It depends on your symptoms, diagnosis whether alternatives are more effective. In the case of skin or nasal allergies, there are other medications that are effective, but they usually require a prescription. Read more...

Where can I find a reliable list of 2nd generation (and newer) oral antihistamines available in the US?

Ask a pharmacist. If you go to Walgreen or CVS, the Pharmacist there can guide you. It should not be difficult to find any commeriallly available medicines. Read more...
No long List. The newer oral nonsedating antihistamines available without prescription in the US are: loratadine (Claritin), fexofenadine (Allegra), cetirizine (Zyrtec) and levocetirizine (Xyzal) . Desloratadine ( Clarinex) is available by prescription. Some of the insurance medication plans will cover some of the above over-the-counter antihistamines. Read more...

When do I need to take and oral antihistamine for itching as opposed to a topical cream?

If cream not working. The time to switch from a cream to an oral antihistamine is if the itching/rash is widespread enough that you're needing to use a lot of cream or if the cream isn't working. You can certainly combine the cream and the pills. If you develop the symptoms during pregnancy or they don't get better with treatment, talk to your doctor. Rashes during pregnancy can be a sign of complications. Read more...
Itchy Skin. When the area of itch is too significant for a small amount of cream to cover. And there is nothing wrong with doing both. Itching can be an internal issue or an external issue. Antihistamines help to drastically reduce itch and are longer lasting, depending on the topical cream/ointment used. Read more...

Can I take oral antihistamine with me on international trip in unopened box?

Yes. You should be able to take them with you but you might want to check with the airline or a travel agent about peculiar laws the country may have. Any prescriptions you may have, however, will most likely be ok if in a package (bottle/box) with your name and the doctor's name - that would be protected by un charter and the us embassy. Narcotic prescriptions may cause some issues however. Read more...

Can oral antihistamines stop the itchiness from allergies?

Antihistamine. It may help depending on which type of allergic reactions you get and which organ systems are affected. Can you be more specific? Read more...

When I take oral antihistamines I get hives over my entire body. Is it possible to be allergic to antihistamines? What can be taken instead?

Unlikely. Each antihistamine is unique, so it is unlikely that you would be allergic to multiple antihistamines. I had one patient who had hives to an antihistamine, and it turned out to be an allergy to a dye. You should consult with someone familiar with these medications and medication reactions in general, such as an allergist. Read more...