(Closed) Allergies?

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
45 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

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
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am loving my OTC Claritin (actually, the Target brand) and my doctor suggested trying a Neti pot for allergies.

Post # 9
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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!

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