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Does loratadine also reduce my body's natural defenses to incoming infection?

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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not outweigh benefit

Loratadine inhibits histamine, which produces many defensive actions like nasal secretions and sneezing to expel microbes from nose.
Allergic individuals have this response inappropriately to pollen and other 'safe' substances. Infections are more likely if there is persistent swelling and congestion, which can be reduced with antihistaminics such as loratadine.

In brief: Not outweigh benefit

Loratadine inhibits histamine, which produces many defensive actions like nasal secretions and sneezing to expel microbes from nose.
Allergic individuals have this response inappropriately to pollen and other 'safe' substances. Infections are more likely if there is persistent swelling and congestion, which can be reduced with antihistaminics such as loratadine.
Dr. Javier Chinen
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: No

Loratadine and medications like it decrease your bodies production of histamine.
This keeps your body from overreacting to noninfectious stimuli like dust and pollen. If you are exposed to a true virus or bacteria your immune system will still respond normally.

In brief: No

Loratadine and medications like it decrease your bodies production of histamine.
This keeps your body from overreacting to noninfectious stimuli like dust and pollen. If you are exposed to a true virus or bacteria your immune system will still respond normally.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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