How to help with allergies?

Allergies. An allergist is best qualified to diagnose and treat allergies. If you wish to try taking antihistamines like benadryl(causes drowsiness) or claritin(is non drowsy) to see if symptoms resolve or improve you can buy these medications without a prescription. If you think you're experiencing allergies, try to determine what they can be caused by and try an elimination technique of one thing at a time.

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How can I help allergies?

Agree with see doc. There are also some things you can use otc. First saline rinses can help with the congestion. Secondly, there are several good antihistamines available, like zyrtec, allegra, or claritin (loratadine). If you wish to know what is triggering your allergies or for other treatments, see your physician. Read more...
Identify and avoid. It is important to identify the allergic trigger so that it can be avoided. If avoidance measures are not helpful or unrealistic, then various medications are available for treatment. If symptoms are still not controlled, an allergist can offer allergy shots for environmental allergies which improve symptoms by about 80% in 80% of patients. Read more...

How does Claritin (loratadine) help my allergies?

Blocking histamine. Claritin (loratadine) is one of a group of drugs called antihistamines. These block the natural chemical histamine from binding to its receptors which then trigger your body into having an allergic reaction. So, basically, you have histamine in your system which increases when you are exposed to something you are allergic to. Claritin (loratadine) and others block that histamine from hurting you. Read more...
Reduce symptoms. Histamine produces the itching, eye and nasal swelling induced by allergic triggers. Claritin (loratadine, generic name) and other antihistamines block the action of histamine. Read more...

How does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help reduce allergy symptoms?

Reduces histamine. It decreases the amount of chemicals, such as histamine( hence it is an antihistamine), an allergic person's body produces in response to allergens, which could be anything from pollen and pet dander to substances which cause skin rashes. Read more...

My 7yr old has been coughing a lot and throws up phlegm. How can I help her? No allergies has been tested. Has asthma. Had GERD as baby dr said she outgrew

See below. Coughing and gagging up the mucous is actually good! your child is clearing her throat and lungs and this is protective. If anything, give an expectorant (mucinex) and decongestant (sudafed) and then, sit her up, humidify the air and have the child spit out the mucous. Read more...
Asthma control. The persistence of cough with phlegm may indicated that your daughter's asthma is not under control. Adding an inhaled corticorsteroid or singulair (montelukast) may be appropriate. Gerd could be a factor and a trial of therapy could help. Other considerations would be persistent bacterial bronchitis or pertussis (whooping cough). An evaluation by an allergist would be appropriate. Read more...