What does the d in claritin-d stand for?

Not Medical Advice: D stands for “decongestant”. Claritin-D is a medication commonly used for treating nasal allergy symptoms. It contains loratadine (an antihistamine) and pseudoephedrine (a decongestant).

Loratadine blocks histamine from binding to histamine receptors and causing allergy symptoms. Since histamine is responsible for many of the symptoms of allergies, blocking it can be helpful. But, antihistamines are not helpful for nasal congestion, which is why loratadine is combined with pseudoephedrine.

You can help to reduce your exposure to indoor and outdoor allergens by taking measures to avoid or eliminate them, both in and outside the home. Check out some allergy prevention tips at Allergycontrol.com.

According to The Los Angeles Times, peanuts are one of the most common foods that trigger allergies in people, but a new study suggests that it’s not peanuts that are the problem – it’s the dry-roasting process that makes them so tasty. Find out more here.

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Updated on Monday, September 29 2014 at 04:18AM EDT
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