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Common fexofenadine uses include relief of seasonal allergy symptoms and treatment of chronic hives. This antihistamine can be used in both adults and children six years of age and older. Fexofenadine helps relieve the symptoms of hay fever and the severity and duration of chronic hives.

What Is Fexofenadine Used For? -- An Overview

Fexofenadine (Allegra®) is a medication that has been licensed to treat a few conditions. These fexofenadine uses are as follows:


At this time, all of the current over-the-counter (OTC) fexofenadine 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 fexofenadine products labeled for hives treatment become available. 


Treating Seasonal Allergy Symptoms Using Fexofenadine
Seasonal allergies, also known as "hay fever" or "pollen allergy," are among the most common kinds of allergies. About 35 million Americans have 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.
Fexofenadine is used to treat hay fever symptoms, including:
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy nose or throat
  • Itchy, watery, or red eyes.
Fexofenadine can be used to treat the symptoms of hay fever in adults and children six years of age and older.
Treating Chronic Hives Using Fexofenadine
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.
Fexofenadine is prescribed to decrease the itching and recurrence of the hives. It also treats their severity and duration. Fexofenadine 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 purpose, but only under the supervision of your child's healthcare provider).
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