Allergy season is here, and over-the-counter allergy medications are flying off the shelves. But did you know that mixing certain allergy medications with other medicines can have hazardous effects on your health?
The active ingredients of allergy products can cause over-medicating with other combination or single-entity non-prescription or prescription medications.
“By consulting with your pharmacist, consumers can make an educated choice as to which allergy medicine is right for them,” says Dr. Daniel A. Hussar, Remington professor of pharmacy at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. “Consumers should read the warnings on over-the-counter medicines and consult with their pharmacist or doctor in order to make educated decisions about which allergy medication is right for them.”
“Certain allergy medications (antihistamines) can cause drowsiness or sleepiness, and caution must be observed when participating in activities like driving or operating machinery,” Hussar noted. If this response is bothersome, the consumer should ask the pharmacist to recommend a product that does not cause this sedative effect.
Some antihistamines have a drying effect and cause annoying effects like dry mouth. “This is another situation in which the pharmacist can recommend another product that is not likely to cause this effect.”
Some allergy products contain analgesics such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. When an allergy product containing one of these analgesics as a secondary ingredient is taken by a patient who is also using an analgesic for another purpose, an excessive response may result. Side effects may be subtle and develop slowly but, in some individuals serious stomach, kidney, or liver problems could result.
Some patients with high blood pressure may experience problems due to the decongestants included in many allergy products. Decongestants can raise blood pressure, which can be particularly dangerous in patients with high blood pressure that is not well controlled, says Hussar.
Dr. Hussar has been quoted and has published extensively on issues surrounding consumer-related pharmacy practices.
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store
They say 60 is the new 40’s.
Ok, so why do many people over the age of 60 have a harder time catching their breath. One thought is they may have undiagnosed asthma. In many cases it goes undiagnosed and untreated with older patients.
When we ran our service company we did work for a lot of retired and elderly people. During the conversation many would tell me that they just didn’t have the pep in their step as they did a year or two ago. They felt tired all the time, had a hard time breathing after a short walk and that cough would just not go away. I would ask what the doctor told them and in most cases they said they had not gotten with them about. They thought is was just part of getting old.
One of the things I noticed is many of the ones that said they were tired all the time is that the house looked like they did not spend as much time housecleaning. When people don’t feel good the last thing they want to do is dust and vacuum. The problem is, if they are suffering from allergies or asthma then having an allergen filled home will only make matters worse.
Dirty carpeting, dusty furniture, un-encased mattresses and high humidity are all things that increase the level of unhealthy allergens and can lead to allergy and asthma attacks.
In other homes that had a cleaning service, they used so much bleach and air fresheners it was hard to stay in the house. Using the wrong or too much of a cleaning product can cause some very serious problems for people. We have customers that have ended up in the hospital because the cleaning company used too much bleach in the shower.
Bottom line is you need to talk to your doctor. If you are having a hard time breathing, coughing or wheezing tell them you would like to be evaluated for asthma. They may have to give you a referral but it’s worth it to find out what is going on.
After all don’t you want to feel like you were 40 again.
Almost everyday we get a call from someone who is having a problem with mold. Yesterday I spoke to a person who kept smelling mold in one bedroom for over a month and finally decided it may be a problem. Turns out they have water leaking in the crawl space under that room.
If you smell mold our think you have a problem don’t wait. The problem will only get worse if left alone.
Here is a nice infographic from the people at Airfree.