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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Allergy Medication

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Allergy Medication
Question: I am 64 years old. I take Prazosin and Prinivil to control slightly high blood pressure. In the Spring, in Nebraska, the pollen counts go up and I react to them. Is there a medication that would help reduce pollen sensitivity and would not interfere with the blood pressure medication which is working quite well in controlling the blood pressure?

Answer: Several medications will help. First, nasal steroid sprays - either aerosol or water based are excellent preventives. Second, topical cromlyn sulfate(nasalcrom, etc.) either in place of or in addition to the topical steroids. Third, local eye drops of cromlyn sulfate for eye irritation. Lastly, check your blood pressure on and off of the antihistamines. Most patients don't have a major problem. Use the anti-histamines as a last resort after the above measures. Desensitization with allergy shots also is helpful but, will take 6 months or so to be effective. Maybe start these now for next year.

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