Ask The Allergista: Do you know of an allergy pill without propylene glycol?

Q:

Do you know of an allergy pill(prescription or non) that does not contain propylene glycol?

 

A:

Zyrtec (and most Zyrtec generic brands), the hard Benadryl pills, as well as the dye-free capsules are all propylene glycol free. They DO contain polyethylene glycol aka PEG, however, PEG is indeed a different chemical than propylene glycol aka PG. I have a bad allergy to PG, but am totally fine with PEG. (phew, that's a lot of p's and g's!) When I found out about my propylene glycol allergy, my doctor stressed that they are two different ingredients. Here's my post that explains a little more about that.

From what the other readers have told me, many people who are allergic to PG are allergic to PEG as well. Personally, I take Zyrtec and I've had no issues with it, but if you haven't been properly tested for PG, I'd play it safe!

I DID find one that actually doesn't have PG or PEG, and that's Claritin!

Also, I'd recommend purchasing an air purifier and a nasal irrigation system. Both always really help me. Here are the purifiers I have.

There are simple manual nasal flushes like the kind by NeilMed. There are also more sophisticated ones which really ramp it up. I'm actually going to post a review about the pulsating Sanvic system tomorrow - stay tuned!

I hope this helps and that you feel better soon!!

Sincerely,

The Allergista