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Glossary: antihistamine, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

antihistamine

(AN-tee-HIS-tuh-meen)

A type of drug that blocks the action of histamines, which can cause fever, itching, sneezing, a runny nose, and watery eyes. Antihistamines are used to prevent fevers in patients receiving blood transfusions and to treat allergies, coughs, and colds.

2006-08-24