FL is trying to murder my face with allergens.

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

ImaStarr:  I think moving is your best hope, sorry to say. I’ve had a TERRIBLE year with allergies myself. They started up in February. I went to see an ear/nose/throat guy and he rammed something up my nose (traumatic) and then prescribed me something magical that worked. But I suppose it won’t help you b/c I’m in Europe. 🙁

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Do allergy testing and get on allergy shots.  Technically it is a natural remedy, since you would inject what you are allergic to.  Look into it, do it, it will change your life.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

ImaStarr:  One of the natural remedies is to do is use a saline rinse.  Something like a Neti pot, but use a squeeze bottle.  I personally find them more comfortable, and my ENT, who had Neti pot info up has crossed it all out and put up the squeeze bottles instead, as there’s info it is safer.

It especially helps after being around your allergen.

Other things like air filters, mattress and pillow protectors, not opening windows help too.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I used a saline solution in addition to the medicine, btw.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

aggiemae:  No doctor has ever recommended this to me, despite seeing various specialists over the years.  I wonder if it’s because I’m allergic to too much?  Do you how many they can do at a time?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I do this for a living, an. In my clinic we treat up to 20 allergens at a time (10 molds, 10 airbornes).  Be prepared that it is not a quick fix.  My clinic has you do shots every other day (or 3 times a week) for 8 months or so.  The normal course of treatment is 2-5 years, but you can expect to see a great reduction in symptoms, feeling better, less sinus infections, etc.  It has worked wonders for me and for many of my patients!

Post # 9
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Busy bee

ImaStarr:  Oh my gosh, I miss Florida so much because there my allergies weren’t a problem at all! Colorado now is a whole different story…my nose is miserable. I am trying to consume a lot of local honey out here. I have heard that a honey locally produced in the area you are allergic can help build up your immunity to those allergies (assuming they are pollen based, I guess?).

Post # 12
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Busy bee

ImaStarr:  Not yet, but I have only been consuming the local honey for about a week now. I am sure it takes a lot longer than that to build a tolerance to the local pollen. My husband has been eating it all summer and his allergies do seem better, but he has also been living out here for about 2 years now, so that could just be his body naturally adjusting too. I figure even if it doesn’t work, I’m buying local and it tastes delicious. 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I just saw this post while looking at another and I thought I’d chime in.  My lovely owns an apiary and they sell bee pollen to help combat seasonal allergies.  The theory is that the pollen will be from an area you are in.  You can work your way up to a half a teaspoon to a teaspoon over the course of a couple weeks and it’ll help — he sells the stuff by the bucketload to people in the area with seasonal allergies and they all SWEAR by it.  I have my own bad allergies and I’ve just finally told him I’d try it.  You can add some of the pollen to empty pill capsules or add it to yogurt or something.  It’s a little bitter so just be mindful of that.  Hope it helps and good luck!!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

The problem with bee pollen is that bees pollinate flowers.  95% of the time people are allergic to wind-borne pollinating plants rather than flowers, and wind-borne plant pollen is not commonly found on bees.  

The he only real cure for allergies is allergy shots.  You are given injections of what you are allergic to in microscopic amounts over the course of 2-5 years.  Your immune system subsequently learns what those things are so that the next time you encounter them, your body understands that they are not a threat.

The other problem with eating pollen, in honey or capsule form, is that it has to make it through your digestive system, and is mostly broken down by your stomach acid.  Allergy shots are given subcutaneously, which allows the allergen to get into your bloodstream where it can encounter your immune system more quickly.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I have allergies all year round. I take a Zyrtec every day but that doesn’t always do it for me. My allergist recommended that I take a Zyrtec AND a Zantac. I thought Zantac?? Isn’t that for reflux? But he said one is a HISTAMINE1 blocker and the other is a HISTAMINE2 blocker. They work beautifully together. Haven’t had any trouble since then. I also do a nasal rinse twice a day.

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