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Suffering from allergy symptoms, itchy throat and runny nose. Took zyrtec. What to do?

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My husband is suffering from allergy symptoms; itchy throat and runny nose, he tried zyrtec (2HCL 10 ml) for 5 days plus antibiotics and cough syrups for his asthma, the medications did well for the asthma but he still suffering from the allergy. What can he do?
Posted Wed, 6 Nov 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Anjana Rao Kavoor 1 hour later
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Bacterial infection and flu

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing in to us.

I have read through your query in detail.

Your husband might be suffering from bacterial infection in throat and viral infection.
Usually, if the patient responds to antibiotics, the bacterial growth comes down soon. The viral infection however, may persist for a while and present like allergy (dry cough, throat irritation). Therefore he might still be having slight symptoms. This will disappear on its own in most cases in a few days.

Your husband needs to do warm water gargle twice a day and protect himself from environmental exposure to pollutants so that he doesn't get any asthma attacks. He should eat healthy food and keep himself warm.

I hope this helps,
Dr. A Rao Kavoor
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Follow-up: Suffering from allergy symptoms, itchy throat and runny nose. Took zyrtec. What to do? 3 hours later
Hi Dr. Kavoor,
Thank you for your reply,,
Just to clarify, my husband feels now that most of his body is irritated,, itchiness is in his throat , nose and even his face,,
Answered by Dr. Anjana Rao Kavoor 1 hour later
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Please find detailed answer below

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You are welcome and thanks for writing in with an update.

It is less likely to be due any adverse reaction to medications as antibiotic course for 5 days is over. He may continue taking tablet Zyrtec 10 mg once at night for a week. As he has allergy problem, his absolute eosinophil count may be assessed after discussion with your doctor. Any skin changes or eruptions should be discussed with your doctor.

He needs to take a little rest and healthy food for few days. Do keep him hydrated with lots of juices and fluids.

I hope this helps.
Do write back in case of doubts.

Dr.A.Rao Kavoor
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