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  • Allergy Relief: Antihistamines vs. Decongestants

    Posted on May 9, 2016 by in Heath Care News, News

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    Antihistamines and decongestants won't cure your allergies. But they’ll give you much-needed relief for a runny or congested nose.

     

    Antihistamines target histamine, which your body makes during an allergic reaction

    You can take them as pills or in a nasal spray. The pills target itching, sneezing, and runny nose. The nasal sprays work on congestion, an itchy or runny nose, and postnasal drip.

    Antihistamines can ease your symptoms, but they work best when you take them before you feel a reaction. They can build up in your blood to protect against allergens and block the release of histamines. Ask your doctor if you should start taking allergy medicine a couple of weeks before you usually have symptoms.

    Decongestants cut down on the fluid in the lining of your nose. That relieves swollen nasal passages and congestion.

    You can take these by mouth in pills or liquids, like pseudoephedrine.  Decongestants also come in nasal sprays, including oxymetazoline and phenylephrine. But if you use nasal sprays too often, they can make your symptoms harder to treat.

    Some medications combine antihistamines and decongestants. Their names usually end with “-D.” 

    Do You Need a Prescription?

    Some of these drugs need a prescription. Others don't. First try an over-the-counter brand. But check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you have the right medication for your symptoms. If you don't get relief, ask for something stronger.

    What About Side Effects?

    You shouldn’t drive when you take antihistamines such as brompheniramine (Dimetapp Allergy, Nasahist B), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), clemastine (Dayhist, Tavist), and diphenhydramine (Benadryl). They can make you drowsy. Others such as desloratadine (Clarinex), fexofenadine (Allegra), and loratadine (Alavert, Claritin) usually don’t.

    Decongestants can also cause side effects, such as:

    • Nervousness
    • Sleeplessness
    • Increased heart rate
    • Increased blood pressure

    You shouldn’t take decongestants if you have high blood pressure or heart problems. If you have prostate problems that make it hard to pee, these drugs can make the problem worse.

    Don’t use decongestant nasal sprays for more than 3 days in a row, as they may make your nasal congestion and swelling worse and last longer.

    Check the drug label for more information about side effects.

    Original Article at http://symptoms.webmd.com/seasonal-allergy-map-tool/antihistamines-1

    MinuteMed Walk In Clinic- Walk In Clinic Lafayette LA

    If you’re looking for high quality, personal service you’ve come to the right place. At MinuteMed Walk-In Medical Clinic (Lafayette Walk In Clinic) & Urgent Care in Lafayette, Louisiana, we’ll give you the attention and personal service you’ll come to expect and enjoy. Walk-Ins are welcome or you can go to our “Contact Us” page and give us a call to schedule an appointment!

    MinuteMed is conveniently located with three locations in Lafayette, LA - Johnston Office, Ambassador Office and Verot Office. Let us put our experience to work for you. Our rates are competitive, with no hidden fees and no long wait times. Our employees are friendly and will be there to help you every step of the way.

    Lafayette Medical Services from MinuteMed Walk in Clinic & Urgent Care Facility is designed to provide affordable and timely minor medical and primary care to individuals in our community. Our Acadiana Walk In Clinic will offer services of experienced and friendly physicians and nurse practitioners to provide patients with thorough assessments, diagnosis, and treatment of minor ailments, as well as screening, preventative medicine, and health education.

    Our services include but are not limited to:

    • Minor illnesses such as Respiratory Illnesses, Eye, Ear, and Nasal Infections, etc.
    • Minor Injuries such as Muscle Strains, Wounds, Burns, Bites, etc.
    • Skin conditions such as Lice, Rashes, Fungal Infections,
      Sunburn, etc.
    • Wellness and Physical exams
    • Laboratory Test and Blood Work Interpretation
    • Flu, Tetanus, and TB Vaccinations
    • Screening for Breast and Prostrate Cancer, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol
    • Wart, Skin Tag, and Mole removal, Abscess Drainage, and Laceration Repair
    • Joint Injections
    • Laser hair removal
    • Botox Injections – Headaches, Excessive Underarm Sweating, and Wrinkles
    • Juvederm- Lip Enhancement and Facial Filler
    • Aviation Medical Examiner – We will be performing Pilot Physical Examinations and Health Certifications
    • In Home Sleep Study Testing and Treatment
    • School Physicals
    • Urgent Care Lafayette LA

    MinuteMed Walk In Clinic Accepts All Private Insurances if not currently Enrolled we will attempt to include your insurance Company and charge you at the Insurance company rate.

    MinuteMed Walk In Clinic does not accept Medicare or Medicaid

    We Proudly Accept BE (Business Express)

     MinuteMed Walk In Clinic & Urgent Care Lafayette LA


    No Insurance? High Deductible?

    Have you heard of ProMedX?

    WHAT IS PROMEDX?

    ProMedX is a state-certified healthcare membership policy which allows policy holders to receive minor medical care at a discounted rate.

    Who Can Sign Up For ProMedX?

    Those without any healthcare coverage. Those who only have major catastrophic or high deductible policies. Small business owners as part of a benefits package. Business owners looking for a less expensive option for minor medical care for their full-time or part-time employees. Business who are self-insured.

    What do I Get If I Join?

    Policy Holders pay only $20 per office visit. Your policy benefits include The office visit.  Treatment of your minor illness and injuries including but not limited to – allergy symptoms, coughs, flu-like symptoms, pink eye & styes, sore throat, urinary tract infection, skin conditions, cuts & lacerations, sprains & strains. Any required in-house lab work (US, UPT, rapid strep test, blood sugar, flu test, urine drug screen). Discounts on in-house prescription medications. Annual influenza vaccine (no office visit charge). Annual physicals for work or school and Much More.

    What is the Cost for ProMedX?

    Individual policies cost is a reasonable $50.00 per month per yearly contract effective the next business day. $20.00 exam fee per visit. $200.00 per month for a family of 4 or more. Optional $120.00 per member sign up fee. ($100.00 activation fee plus $20.00 exam fee. Allows policy to take effect same day and covers full price of your visit). May cancel the policy at any time after six months with written notice. You will not be denied a policy due to previously existing conditions.

    Want more information about ProMedX?  

    CALL US TODAY WE ARE HERE TO HELP

    Need more information?  You can download the ProMedX Healthcare Policy Contract or you can call Mark at (337) 280-7459 or Amanda at (337) 257-6525 or click here for the ProMedX Website.

    ProMedX Certified Minor Healthcare Policy Lafayette LA

     

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