Ask a Pharmacist – Allergy Edition

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Allergy season is here! To help you out, we’d like to share with you some frequently asked questions and the pharmacists’ answers.

 

How can I tell if I have allergies or just a common cold?

Symptom Cold Allergy
Cough Usually Sometimes
General aches and pains Sometimes Never
Fatigue and weakness Sometimes Sometimes
Itchy eyes Rarely Usually
Sneezing Usually Usually
Sore Throat Usually Rarely
Runny Nose Usually Usually
Stuffy Nose Usually Usually
Fever Sometimes Never

How do steroid nasal sprays work?

Steroid nasal sprays are an effective treatment for most allergy symptoms.  Steroid nasal sprays reduce the allergic response of the cell types that induce allergies, mainly mast cells and eosinophils.   This results in a reduction of runny nose, postnasal drip, nasal congestion, sneezing, and itching.

Do allergy shots work?

Allergy shots are injections you receive at regular intervals over a period of 3-5 years to reduce allergy attacks.  Each allergy shot contains a tiny amount of the substance that trigger your allergic reactions, called allergens.  By adjusting the dose and your exposure to allergens, your immune system builds up tolerance to the allergen and your symptoms diminish over time.

 Can you take allergy pills and nasal spray together?

Yes.  For patients with severe allergy symptoms who cannot achieve symptom resolution with either one by itself, you can combine allergy pills and nasal sprays.  In general, steroid nasal sprays are the single most effective treatment for allergy symptoms, however, if you continue to experience troublesome symptoms with consistent use of a steroid spray you can add an over the counter antihistamine such as generic Claritin (loratadine), generic Zyrtec (cetirizine), or generic Allegra (fexofenadine).

 

Have any other questions?

Call the Tria Health Help Desk:

1.888.799.8742

One thought on “Ask a Pharmacist – Allergy Edition

  1. healthzex November 18, 2020 / 6:15 am

    Fall Allergies usually irritate people in seasonal fall. Although it can cause disturbance to people nationwide, fall allergy is most prevalent in Midwestern and Eastern rural areas. Ragweed is considered the most effective cause of fall allergies particularly from August to September and October. Almost 75% of people are seen to suffer fall allergies due to ragweed pollen as reported by America’s Asthma and Allergy Foundation. Fall allergies also cause numerous complications in those who tend to be affected by allergy in seasonal fall. Now we are going to discuss some ways that can help save people from the ill-effects of fall allergy highlighting the cause and symptoms of it.

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