Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: IO | 2008/09/16

Q.

ANTIHISTAMINE

My 2 year old suffers from allergies and is currently using Allecet. I was told that one should not use a specific type of antihistamine for too long as the body gets " used"  to it and it loses effect. Is this true and if so is there any other over the counter antihistamine I can try? The Allecet does not seem to be very effective especially when the seasons start changing she constantly has a runny nose and sneezes. Blood tests have been done to determine the cause of the allergies but the results came back as " atmospheric" . Please advise.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

There is no such thing as an allergy test which gives a result such as 'atmospheric' Ask your doctor exactly what the results showed eg grass pollen or fungal spore or housedust allergy.Allecet is usually effective and is the generic form of the original medicine called Zyrtec. Ask your pharmacist for Zyrtec itself and see if there is any advantage in using this form of the antihistamine.

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