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Itching all over body including eyes and nose. Take winolap? Side effects?

hi, i stay abroad and when i m on vacation in kerala i have bad itching on my eyes , my nose and i sneeze a lot. this becomes uncontrollable and finally i take winolap 2.5mg. And also, after intake of any food name it... veg or non veg , my skin starts to itch... an i have winolap for this also. does regular intake of winolap really harm you? what are the side effects of winolap? is their any other alternative medicine for these kind of allergy? what kind of tests should i do for finding out about my allergey? please help. Thank you.
Asked On : Sat, 29 Dec 2012
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It seems that you have become allergic to a local tree/grass pollen that manifests as allergy whenever you visit Kerala.
Winolap is olopatadine (I hope) eye drops that has very minimal systemic (if not none) effects on allergies.
You will need either skin prick testing to aeroallergens or specific IgE blood test to find out what you are allergic to.
Long acting antihistamines such as cetirizine or fexofenadine up to twice daily is required for the season (ideally 1 month pre-season) for these to work.
Olopatadine eye drops can be used for the same duration, and is very safe.
Do NOT take recourse to oral or intramuscular steroids.

I hope that was useful.
Best Wishes.
Answered: Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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