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Recommended OTC products for individuals suffering from allergies and/or recurrent sinus infections. For more info on how exactly all these medications work, click here.
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HEPA Filters, Allergy Bedding Protectors, Filters, MasksFor more information on other air quality control measures, click here. AirThreads is a resuable and washable HVAC filter. Molekule is the only FDA approved HEPA filter to remove and kill viruses from the air. Specifically Molekule Air Mini and Air Mini+ have received FDA 510(k) clearance as a Class II medical device on 3/9/21.
Oral Anti-HistaminesAllegra is the ONLY oral anti-histamine that is non-sedating even at higher doses and is the only oral anti-histamine approved for airplane pilots to take. Claritin is sedating at higher doses, but is considered less potent than Allegra and Zyrtec. Zyrtec and Xyzal may be sedating, even at normal dosages (10% report sedation). However, they have rapid onset of action within 1 hour instead of 3 hours with Allegra and Claritin. Benadryl has onset of action within 15-30 minutes with peak effects within 1-4 hours, but is sedating.
Nasal SpraysThe differences among steroid nasal sprays are actually quite minimal limited to taste, nasal lining irritation, and smell. Nasacort and Rhinocort are considered to have minimal taste and smell. Flonase has a flowery scent and is typically the cheapest among all steroid nasal sprays. Steroid nasal sprays should be used daily for at least 2-3 weeks to achieve greatest benefit. Nasal Crom is a mast cell stabilizer (not a steroid) and works best when used 30 minutes before becoming exposed to an allergic environment. Sinus plumber uses capsaicin reduce nasal nerve activity and therefore congestion and runny nose. Instructions on how to make chamomile nasal spray can be found here.
Children's Allergy MedicationsWatch a video showing kids using allergy nasal sprays.
Sino-Nasal Flushes & MiscWatch an instructional video on how sinus rinses are performed. Even kids are able to perform sinus rinses (watch video). Probiorinse is a sion-nasal probiotic rinse to recolonize the nose with "good" bacteria. Typically this rinse is used for 2 weeks AFTER resolution of a prolonged sinus infection in those patients who have had sinus surgery in the past. Instructions on how to make chamomile nasal spray can be found here
Nasal DecongestantsPlease be aware that one should NOT use decongestant nasal sprays for more than 3 consecutive days in any given month. Though decongestant pills may be taken for several weeks, it should not be taken on a regular basis for months at a time.
Allergy Eye Drops
Dry Eye Drops
Supplements & MiscVitamin D3 appears to help decrease overall allergies by moderating the body's inflammatory response to allergic triggers. Recommended dosing is 5000 units per day. More info on the relationship between vitamin D and allergies can be found here.
Allergy Shot Supplies
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