(Closed) Allergies…Aaaachooo!

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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5399 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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1347 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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 # 7
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3587 posts
Sugar bee

I developed them as I got older too. There goes my dream of a spring wedding.LOL

I use Claritin.

Post # 8
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Welcome to the club, I use Allegra D and Veramyst nose spray

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@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
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@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
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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 # 15
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967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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!

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