Post # 1
Hey spring brides! I’m getting married in 11 days (holy crap) and it seems like my seasonal allergies are bothering me worse than ever this year. I’ve been waking up every day with watering eyes, runny nose, the works. Last week when I was at home in NC I was SO miserable- I just constantly felt like I had to sneeze and went through 30 tissues an hour. I didn’t think to do anything about it earlier because normally I just had a little bit of a runny nose for a few days, and it doesn’t require anything more than a little sudafed.
I can’t get a doctor’s appointment until after the wedding (I hate my PCP, they’re useless). So does anyone take anything OTC that they can recommend to keep me from walking down the aisle and ending up like this lady? http://www.fmylife.com/health/1602310
Post # 3
I take the over the counter Zyrtec and it works great for me. You have to "build it up" though, it’ll be a day or two before your symtoms go away. I’ve also heard the OTC claritan is really good.
Post # 4
Watch out for Zyrtec — it makes me really sleepy and super hungry. Weird, huh?
I take OTC Claritin and take the behind-the-counter stuff when my allergies are really bad. I’d probably recommend against that, though, if you’ve never taken it before. I also use a sinus rinse, just salted water that I push through my sinuses with a water bottle — it washes the pollen out and just clears away "gunk." Of course, I’m also on Flonase and eye drops, but if I miss the Claritin or the rinse I can really tell a (negative) difference.
Ditto what the previous poster said — start the claritin/whatever NOW. It takes a couple of weeks to build up in your system. Also, try showering at night if you don’t already do so. You can rinse any pollen away that might be on your body and keep from transferring it to your bedsheets.
Post # 5
I have terrible allergies. This is stuff my allergist recommends (besides drugs: I use generic Claritin daily and it works great): Ditto the sinus rinse mentioned above: I use a Neti Pot (Oprah-recommended!). Don’t exercise outside during the day, change your sheets/pillowcase often, don’t hang clothes outside to dry…Basically, avoid the outdoors at all costs if you can.
I would also recommend eyedrops specificially for allergens, and Zicam allergy stuff that you spray up your nose. Good luck, I definitely feel for you.
Post # 6
I’ve had success with OTC Zyrtec. You’ll know pretty quickly if something is going to put you to sleep. I also second that you should change your pillowcase often. That makes a big difference for me.
Post # 7
The Claritin won’t make you sleepy, that’s what I take. My mom loves Zyrtec, but I took it once in the morning and was fine until about 1, where I went comatose for 5 hours, so watch out for that!
Post # 8
I am loving my OTC Claritin (actually, the Target brand) and my doctor suggested trying a Neti pot for allergies.
Post # 9
So im weird, I take benadryl…. it makes most peopl really tired, but I just get a little drowsy, not noding off or anything.. all the other stuff just downt work for me…
Post # 10
Oh lordy I know what you’re doing through. Yesterday I was in my car and I noticed a green layer of pollen on the hood. Sick. I also recommend Claritin. This is exactly what the box says: Original Prescription Strength Non-Drowsy Claritin-D, 24 Hour, Allergy and Congestion, 10 extended release tablets. You have to go to the pharmacy to get it, but it works sooo much better than the other ones. I’ve also heard great things about Neti Pot but I’m terrified of trying it (I have a weird thing about putting things up my nose). Good luck and here’s hoping for an allergy attack-free wedding day!