What Is Allegra Used For?
Many people ask, "What is Allegra used for?" Allegra is primarily used for treatment of seasonal allergies and chronic hives. Some "off-label" uses of Allegra may include treatment for an unexplained long-term cough or as part of asthma treatment.
Uses of Allegra: An OverviewAllegra® (fexofenadine hydrochloride) is a medication that has been licensed to treat a few conditions. The most common Allegra uses are:
At this time, all of the current over-the-counter (OTC) Allegra products are labeled only to be used for treating allergies. However, the manufacturer has received approval for over-the-counter use of the medication for hives. It is probably just a matter of time before Allegra products labeled for hives treatment become available.
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
Seasonal allergies, also known as "hay fever" or "pollen allergy," are among the most common kinds of allergies. About 35 million Americans suffer from hay fever. Hay fever is caused by breathing in pollen from trees, grasses, or weeds that cause an allergic reaction. This can result in classic allergy symptoms.
Allegra is used to treat hay fever symptoms, including:
- Runny nose
- Itchy nose, or throat
- Itchy, watery, or red eyes.
Allegra can be used to treat the symptoms of hay fever in adults and children six years of age and older.
Treating Chronic Hives Using Allegra
Chronic hives, known medically as "chronic urticaria," cause blotchy, red, raised bumps (hives) and itching. In order to be diagnosed with chronic urticaria, a person must experience recurring hives and itching for at least six weeks.
Allegra is prescribed to decrease the itching and recurrence of the hives. It also treats their severity and duration. Nonprescription Allegra can be used to treat chronic hives in adults and children six years of age and older (it can be used in even younger children for this use, but only under the supervision of your child's healthcare provider).