Post # 1
I’ve heard that you can develop allergies as you get older. AND I have seen sign that I have been sneezier, eyes itchier over the past few years. But the past day and a half, man! I’m sitting here at my desk at school while my students take a test and I interrupt them every 5 minutes with my constant sneezing. I feel like my nose is both stuffy and runny at the same time and my eyes feel like sand paper!
Is this an allergy attack? What should I take?
Post # 3
I would make a visit with your primary care physician to see what they have to say. If it is in fact allergies, though, I have to change my medication every few years because it starts getting ineffective for me and the only thing that currently works for me is Zyrtec.
Post # 4
I’ve had good luck with Claritin, and even generic Claritin – loratidine. You can get it for way less at Costco or on Amazon.
Post # 5
my doc has me on zyrtec (or the generic over the counter brand) and singulair EVERYDAY. i was getting consistent sinus infections til they realized it wasnt from bacteria but from allergies. i had never had allergies when i was a kid…now i have them all year round. DEF go to an allergist and have the testing…then i went to the ENT in that same office and got the prescriptions…thankfully it has helped. GOOD LUCK 🙂
Post # 6
Luckily I have a half day today, so I’m on my way to the drug store and then home!
Post # 7
I developed them as I got older too. There goes my dream of a spring wedding.LOL
I use Claritin.
Post # 8
I used to use Claritin but I am using Zyrtec now along with daily nasal rinses. I’m thinking about doing allergy injections but have to find a doctor here for that.
I think I would try out the at home pills first before going to an allergist because the testing hurts!
Post # 9
Welcome to the club, I use Allegra D and Veramyst nose spray
Post # 10
@MissAsB – I was thinking about the allergy shots too, but found out that they are really expensive and time consuming, take years to finish, and don’t always fully take care of it anyway. I saw an allergist last year and when he told me the process, I knew it would never happen. I’d rather take meds the rest of my life, at least they work!
Post # 11
@MrsSl82be: Yeah, I know about the side effects and all. I have had my allergies forever though so if insurance covered it, then it might be worth a shot in my opinion. I’m allergic to basically everything outside.
Post # 12
I developed allergies in my late-teens and they got exponentially worse in my early twenties. I used to take Allegra (when all the non-sedating antihistamines were only available as prescription items) but that eventually wasn’t very effective. I now take Zyrtec (generic, OTC) every day, all year round. In addition, I take Singulair every day and have an inhaler to use if my allergies get really bad and I have a hard time breathing. When it’s really bad, I will also take a Benadyl (generic, OTC) before I go to bed and it helps clear things up – but it causes a lot of drowsiness.
I would talk to you doctor to determine if you have allergies. If so, s/he can discuss treatment options. There are also a lot of non-pharmacological things to try as well – filters in your air systems in your house, avoiding known allergens, etc.
Post # 13
yes, take some antihistamines. I developed allergies suddenly in college. They’ve never gone away since. Everyone on here is recommending prescription medicine, but you might not need that strong of a med. Try OTC first, if it doesn’t clear up visit your doctor and get something stronger.
Post # 14
I bought some Claritin today but didn’t take it yet. I feel much better being home – I think the main allergen is at school… I’ll try some before I go tomorrow.
I’m sure hoping this isn’t the start of allergies forever, but my gut tells me otherwise.
I really appreciate the input!
Post # 15
I’m the allergy queen. It sucks!! I went through weekly allergy shots for six months, now I get them about every three weeks. I still suffer, but my skin no longer itches – I used to walk through a park and break out into hives just from grass pollen touching my skin! They’re a long process but they do help, but for you, if it sounds like you’re just now experiencing severe allergies, I’d try the meds. Here is a helpful hint for all allergy sufferers – on days where even a pill isn’t seeming to help, take a shower!! Usually we suffer because pollens or dust residue is on our skin and keeps moving around the body. When you shower off, it all goes away. I also recommend Zyrtec.. It’s been my favorite “non-stoned” feeling anti-histamine. Good luck!