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July 29, 1999

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Question from Ohio, USA:

I have a 9 year old boy who was diagnosed with diabetes 5 months ago. He has also been receiving allergy treatments since he was 3 years old and began asthma treatment at the age 7. Both these conditions had greatly improved and he has not needed any medications for them since his diagnosis of diabetes. However, now that the pollen count is increasing his allergies are bothering him. His blood sugar has been in the 200-300 range for several days. What type of allergy medication can he take that will not increase his blood sugar levels?

Answer:

You can use any over the counter medicine safely. The warnings relate to type 2 diabetes and heart conditions. Antihistamines don’t seem to bother the glucose very much, although sometimes the decongestants (such as Sudafed) can in high doses.

Nevertheless, treat the symptoms.

LD