I have seasonal allergies, but whenever I take an OTC medicine, I develop a yeast infection. Are there any allergy medicine that will NOT cause a yeast infection?
Hi Hallie... You didn't say what kind of medicine you were taking that you believe is causing your yeast infections. The most common ones are: antibiotics, high estrogen contraceptives, immunosuppressant drugs, and steroids. I couldn't find anything in the literature that antihistamines, the most common allergy medicine, cause yeast infections. I would encourage you to talk with your doctor about the best approaches. However, you can also try a nasal rinse, which flushes out mucus and allergens from your nasal passages. You can buy one at your local drugstore or even make your own, with the recipe here: http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/allergiesasthma/a/SinusIrrigation.htm
I use Claritin D sometimes for my allergies and everytime I always get a yeast infection.
Hallie, I've had yeast allergies for yrs. If you are coming down with yeast infections, you are overloaded with it. So you need to cleanse yourself of the bad bacteria, caused by yeast. You can start by cutting back on your yeast intake: breads, pizzas, wine, beer, etc. Then consume a good quality yogurt everyday. I personally eat Stoneyfield, as it's organic and has the highest level of Probiotics. The probiotics will help to kill off the bad bacteria and provide you with good bacteria, to balance off your stomach.
Also sugars should be kept to an absolute minimum, as they too feed the bad bacteria and allow it to thrive. Once you get your stomach balanced with good bacteria, you shouldn't experience anymore issues taking medicines. Whether they be prescription or OTC. There's a wealth of information on the internet available on yeast allergies, yeast overload, probiotics etc. The key is balance and maintaining that balance with a daily regimen. Hope this helps out and good luck.
A new OTC allergy medication that does not cause drowsiness is Allegra. I couldnt take Zyrtec or Claritan or the generic OTC allergy meds at work because of the drowsiness and I found that recently OTC Allegra works great. I have not taken the Allegra-D, but I would assume the same.