Allergy season is still upon us, but what are those who still have their COVID-19 vaccine appointment coming up to do if they need allergy meds at the time of their vaccine?
The good news is that most over-the-counter meds are perfectly fine to take both before and after your shot. If you regularly use Claritin, Flonase, or Zyrtec, you’re good even on the day of your appointment. But if you don’t take them regularly, the CDC advises again taking them to lessen the side effects – just like they recommended for over-the-counter pain relief.
However, if your allergies are particularly bad, and your antihistamine is in the form of an allergy shot or prescription, that’s a different story.
Certainly avoid allergy shots on the same day as your COVID-19 vaccine. There isn’t enough research, and they recommend at least a 48-hour separation, with some experts recommending at least a week. Same goes for prescription steroid allergy meds.
No matter what, if you’re unsure, consult your doctor – they’ll give you the answers you need.
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