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What is the Best Allergy Medicine?

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Aug 3, 2017 10:01:26 AM
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This is the question I get asked the most!  Everyone wants to know – patients, parents, nurses, and other doctors. 

What Are The Best Allergy Meds?


What is the best allergy medicine?


My answer……. the one you don’t have to take.


Let me explain:

  1. If a person avoids the substance that causes the allergic reaction (such as pollen, danders, mold spores, dust mites) there is no allergic reaction and thus no allergy symptoms. 
  2. If the patient receives immunotherapy and isn’t very allergic after treatment they don’t have much of an allergic reaction when they get exposed to the allergens and won’t use much medication. 


How Much Allergy Medication Might You Use In Your Lifetime?
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For example, what would an effective medicine treatment look like for a 10-year-old boy (Ian) with dust mite, mold, and grass allergies causing nose and eye allergy symptoms?  Considering that most people take no steps to become less allergic to the offending allergens, let’s assume Ian is healthy and lives to 100 (makes the math easy), how many bottles of nasal steroid would he need over a lifetime? 

  • 90 years X 365 days/year X 4 sprays/day equals 131,400 sprays or 1,095 bottles of nasal steroid such as Flonase or Nasacort! 


  • If you prefer pills, that would be 32,850 pills of antihistamine such as Allegra, Zyrtec, or Claritin!


Finding out what you are allergic to and what your treatment options are is the first step to getting help for your allergies. It is also important to be seen by an Allergist because other health issues or diseases masquerade as allergies. Further, some folks have diseases that limit treatment options. Many have other family factors that play a role in their options as well.  Working with your Board-Certified Allergist gives you the best path to allergy success.


Clearly, the best allergy medicine is the one you don’t have to take! 


Get seen. Get treated. Get better.


Topics: allergies, immunotherapy, Managing Allergies