Quote of the Day - May 24th:
The number of children developing allergic reactions (to cedar pollen) is on the increase.
( Yoshitaka Okamoto )

Patanol (Olopatadine Hydrochloride)

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Olopatadine hydrochloride is an antihistamine used for treatment of itching, redness, and irritation of the eyes as a result of eye allergy conditions such as allergic conjunctivitis and allergic pink eye.  It works by blocking histamine, a substance in the body that triggers allergic symptoms.  Continue reading…

Artificial tears

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Artificial tears are lubricant eye drops or eye ointments used to moisten and relieve the irritation associated with deficient tear production in dry eyes.  They are used also to moisten contact lenses and in eye examinations.  They are composed of water, salts, and polymers without the proteins found in natural tears. Continue reading…

Aromatherapy etc. (Essential Oils)

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Aromatherapy is a form of alternative and complimentary medicine using the fragrances from concentrated herbal extracts or essential oils derived from grasses, flowers, leaves, bark, branches, needles, twigs, peel of fruit, and roots of plants for purposes of healing and upliftment of a person’s overall well-being. Continue reading…

Benadryl etc. (Diphenhydramine)

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Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that has a sedative effect used in treating allergic reactions.  It works by blocking the effect of histamine at h1 receptor sites and reduce the muscle contractions, thus reducing the onset of allergic symptoms. Continue reading…

Cool compress

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Unlike conjunctivitis caused by a bacterial or viral infection, allergic conjunctivitis can be managed by simply placing a cool compress over the eyes to relieve the irritation to help prevent the patient from rubbing their eyes.  Continue reading…

Zyrtec etc. (Cetirizine)

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Cetirizine, which is sold under the trade name, Zyrtec, is a non-sedating second generation antihistamine.  An antihistamine prevents sneezing, wheezing, itching of the nasal passages, and itching of the eyes caused by allergic symptoms.  Continue reading…

Xopenex (Levalbuterol)

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Xopenex (Levalbuterol) is a bronchodilator prevents and treats chest tightness, shortness of breath, troubled breathing and wheezing associated with bronchospasm.  It relaxes the muscles in the walls of the airways leading to the lungs.  It allows the airways to expand to allow more air to flow freely in and out of the lungs.  Continue reading…

Combivent etc. (Albuterol; Ipratropium)

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Combivent is a combination of bronchodilator drugs, albuterol and ipratropium, that prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, and obstructive breathing caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by relaxing the muscles in the airways to prevent bronchospasm.  Continue reading…

Xolair (Omalizumab)

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Omalizumab is a protein resembling a human antibody (proteins that fight infection-causing bacteria and allergy-causing pollens) which is available in an injectable form used for asthma treatment.  Once the antibodies recognize a foreign substance, they attach to receptor cells which then release chemicals that cause an allergic reaction leading to inflammation.  Continue reading…

Marax etc. (Theophylline; Ephedrine; Hydroxyzine HCl)

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Marax is a combination of ephedrine sulfate, theophylline, and hydroxyzine HCl.  It widens the airways in the lungs to ease breathing and is used to treat respiratory symptoms associated with the common cold, allergies, hay fever, sinusitis and other respiratory illnesses.  Continue reading…

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