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Posted by: C.Tulowiecki
Date: February 12, 2000 3:36 PM

My 6 year old has constant symptoms of allergies, runny nose, cough, etc. He has been using Zyrtec to calm his symptoms for two years now. If he misses a dose his symptoms are back and has a tendency to develop sinusitus and pneumonia. I worry he will become immune to this medicine since he uses every day. Is this a possibility?

Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: February 14, 2000 4:42 AM

Not likely, but aren't you interested to get to the bottom of his allergy so you can avoid the allergen(s) and have him desensitized? I suggest you see an allergist, preferably one who offers enzyme potentiated desensitization. Try the Find A Doctor function in the upper left and if that does not work, call the American EPD Society for a referral: 505-984-0004. As to avoiding bacterial infections, if there is a strong tendency for this, preventive use of a SanPharma remedy called Notatum would be my choice if my child were in this position.

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