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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Allergy Wars

Spring has sprung and with it comes wonderful blooming flowers, trees, and their allergenic pollens. Allegra has made the jump to OTC and the ads on TV are now showing the polite fight to obtain OTC med sales. The funniest is a handful of people sitting around talking about their allergies and one guy is going to take Allegra then another guy pipes up "You can't take that with orange juice." I crack up every time I see it. Of course it is an ad for rival Zyrtec. Hopefully Claritin will join the fight and politely shame both of them..... Non-drowsy Zyrtec? You put me in a coma so I think Claritin will politely kick your ass.

Another great thing is a vaccine for cat dander/hair allergies currently in study. Just think if we can finally get a vaccine for cat allergies then we could adapt that vaccine for dog dander/hair, bird feathers, etc. The reign of pet allergies could be coming to an end in the next 5 years or so. I'm stoked! No more will I be unable to breathe and have to blow my nose a million times after my cat decided my pillow was an awesome sleeping place. No more will people have to shun goose down pillows and bedding. People won't have an excuse not to adopt pets from shelters because we will no longer be allergic to them. No more ads on Craig's list that we need to rehome a dog/cat because the child is allergic. A brave new world of pet ownership will prevail!

The future will be awesome!


thatsit said...

I love Claritin. I've never used the other stuff.

I even use it for cold symptoms because the new cold medicines (I love in OR, real cold meds are script only) don't work.

Anonymous said...

Great blog. I have a question. I have really severe allergies. I spent a lot of time as a child in emergency rooms, with welts all over my face, getting shots. I'm allergic to cats. Will I be able to get the shot and be fine? That would be AMAZING!

I guess...I'm asking if you know if even people with severe allergies to cats will benefit from the shot. When I say severe, I mean...I can't be in a house with a cat for ten minutes, because my throat will swell, I'll get welts, etc.


Anonymous said...

I'm still trying to figure out why Allegra is sold in a mostly purple box. Every time I look at a display, I think "Prilosec."

Big 'N Tasty RPH said...

The vaccine focuses on the primary protein component of cat hair. I have not read anything about severe reactions versus sniffles and itch. I am sure that data will be released as the vaccine study continues.