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Q&A: Seasonal Allergy Medication

Source:, By Penny Giovanetti, D.O. Manager, Aerospace Medical Specialties Division

Q. Are there any medications for seasonal allergies that are not disqualifying?

A. Yes, you can use the non-sedating antihistamines loratadine, desloratadine, and fexofenadine while flying if, after an adequate initial trial period, your symptoms are under control, and you have no adverse side effects. Beware the risk of blockage to ears and sinuses.

Send your questions to They will be forwarded to the Aerospace Medical Certification Division, without your name, and the answer will be published in an upcoming issue of FAA Safety Briefing.

Penny Giovanetti, D.O., received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford, a master’s in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine from the University of Iowa and a doctorate from Des Moines University. She completed a 27-year career as an Air Force flight surgeon. She is board certified in aerospace medicine, occupational medicine, and physical medicine/rehabilitation. She is also a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and a private pilot.

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