Allergy Help!

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Keep your windows closed if possible.  Wash your hair when you get home or before going to bed.  If you’re not going to shower when coming in, at least wash your face.  Rinse out your sinuses with a saline solution.  Get an air purifier.

There are other meds too.  For OTC cromlyn/opticrom are the best eye drops, I have since switched to prescription ones though.  I also use prescription pills along with OTC.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

have you moved to a new home or office recently? Thinking of mold in the house or office. I react terribly to those. I had to drop out of a class at college many years ago because the room had terrible humidity/mold issues. I would step in and 15 minutes after I would be sick. 

Also when I visit my mom in a town that is 2 hours from where I live and is more h

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

have you moved to a new home or office recently? Thinking of mold in the house or office. I react terribly to those. I had to drop out of a class at college many years ago because the room had terrible humidity/mold issues. I would step in and 15 minutes after I would be sick. 

Also when I visit my mom in a town that is 2 hours from where I live and is more humid and the house old, I need to be drinking Allegra and Benadryl And still get sick. 

Other than trying to identify the offensor, and avoiding it,yes. You are kinda stuck to that routine :-/

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Sporty-Bee:  Those are good points.

Some of my advice is based on allergies like outdoor pollen.  I just assumed as the snow is almost gone here and I’m assuming it’s warmer where the OP is 🙂  Another 4 weeks or so and I’ll be getting my eye drops again 🙁

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

AB Bride:  Yeah. Right now for me is the Saharan Dust particles and ashes from a volcano in another island. Those things travel all the way here and cover cars with a thick layer. Imagine what our poor lungs go through trying to filter that!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Cromolyn/opticrom is only a mast cell stabilizer and won’t do much for your current allergy symptoms, though it can help with lessening the allergy response in the future if taken consistently.  Try over the counter ketotifen (Zaditor/Alaway) – it is both an antihistamine (for current symptoms) and a mast cell stabilizer (for future allergen exposure).  Using it consistently as directed (twice a day) will help your eyes to be more comfortable.  If all those oral allergy meds are drying out your eyes (if they dry out your nose, they can dry out your eyes), then you can add artificial tears/lubricants to the regimen as needed.

If your eye symptoms persist after trying OTC remedies for 2 weeks with no improvement, a visit to your optometrist/ophthalmolgist is in order.  They can prescribe Rx allergy drops that can help make you much more comfortable.  Everything that you put in your eyes drains down your nose (like when you cry and get a runny nose), so sooooome people say that taking the allergy eye drops can help with nasal/throat allergy symptoms.  Your mileage may vary.

Good luck finding a solution an I hope you feel more comfortable soon!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Mewcakes:  Sounds like there are more OTC options in the US than here.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper

A natural alternative if you don’t want to pump your body with medicines is garlic and horseradish tablets. You have to take them everyday and it takes about 3-4 weeks to see the difference but it is how I treat my allergies (to grass) as I don’t want to take medicines for prolonged periods.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Get a Neti pot! 🙂 it looks like a weird teapot, you put boiled/distiller water in and condition it with a mixture of salt and baking soda (which you can buy premixed, or use kosher salt and baking soda). Pour half a pot through each nostril, it will help to clear out any allergen residues in your nose and sinuses.  After I had a bad allergic reaction once, my ENT specialist put me on medication which I had to take through the pot – I think it was pulmocort, but I can’t really remember. Anyway, it is amazing at clearing out mucus and decongest ing you!!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Try different antihistamines. Some work for me and some don’t. Everyone is an individual.

Allegra doesn’t work for me. Some people swear by claratyne, but all it does for me is knocks me out.

Zyrtec works okay for me, and at the moment Telfast is working. Polaramine is my never fail antihistamine as long as I don’t mind being knocked out for 4-5 hours. 

Saline nasal spray can be of some use too.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’d talk to your doctor about an rx for prescription fluticasone nasal spray (called Flonase).

Switch from Allegra to cetirizine (called Zyrtec). You may find that switching to an alternative antihistamine each season helps increase effectiveness when your current antihistamine isn’t working as well as it initially did.

I second the Neti-pot and Zaditor, too. Remember to use sterile water in the Neti-pot because your tap water may have bacteria in it.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

OP, trust me, I feel your pain. THis is LITERALLY what I wrote on facebook this morning: “For the first time in three months I woke up able to breathe! Maybe having a laparascope rammed up my notsrils was worth it!”

Yesterday I went to an ENT specialist (my GP referred me to an allergist as well, but they take ages to get appointments with in this city) as the stuff she’s prescribed hadn’t worked. He was sort of a jerk, actually, and like I said, JAMMED that thing up both my nostrils. BUT he prescribed me some strong medicine and says to come back in a week and he’ll give me something even stronger if it doesn’t work.

I won’t bother giving you the names of the meds b/c they are foreign, but I’ll see if I can figure out the active ingredients:

nasal spray: fluticasoni furoas? tablets: clarinase repetabs

He also told me to use a saline spray before using the medicine spray. It may do something similar to the Neti-pot which I’ve heard good things about but have been to chicken to try. I’m also using an eye drop, as I’ve been suffering from CRAZY itchy and then watery eyes. Nightmare.  I wish you luck!!! Allergies SUCK.

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