(Closed) Allergy Problems

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I switched from Zyrtec to Allegra and saw an improvement.

I also used to have a prescription nasal spray called Veramyst that worked wonders. It was about $125 a month, though, and you have to use it every day, so kind of expensive if you don’t have insurance.

I’m also constantly dusting and vacuuming and the bed sheets get changed regularly. Whenever possible, I keep windows closed to any outside allergens from getting into the house and the bedroom window never gets opened.

I’m not sure if it is available in the US, but I love Vicks Vapo Steam. When my allergies get really bad (like if I’ve been outside all day), I use that right before bed to clear up any congestion so I can sleep. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a eucalyptus and peppermint oil and you pour just a bit of it into a bowl of boiling water and breathe in the steam. An added bonus is that eucalyptus is an anti-bacterial and since I’ve been using that stuff regularly, it has cleared up my skin like I never would have thought possible.

Post # 6
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Ohhh boy. I am super allergic to everything as well and can relate. I’m actually about to start getting allergy shots, but I’ve been through every medicine combination known to man. My nose also gets into a “cycle of swelling” as my doctor calls it (it gets agitated from something and just keeps re-agitating itself by swelling) and I have to get put on a predinose taper to just breathe.

What I’ve learned is that it’s trial and error. Preventative tasks also make a world of a difference–get an allergy cover for your mattress and pillows; wash your sheets at least once a week; dust (with gloves and a mask) once a week. I also second Veramyyst; it’s a steroid that brings swelling and irritation down in your nose. It’s pricy but totally worth it in my eyes–I’ll pay any price to breath, and it’s the only nasal spray that pretty much works on contact.

In my personal experience, I found Zyrtec ineffective and it made me drowsy (even though it says it doesn’t?) so I use fexofenadine (basically prescription Allegra) and also loratadine (Claritin) works great too.

Post # 8
630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I worked in allergy practice for seventeen years. A prescription nose spray would be helpful. As for your cats:

Keep them out of your bedroom if you can.

Bathe the cats if possible. Cats lick themselves so you get a double whammy from the fur and saliva.

HEPA filter air cleaner would help.

Always wash your hands after petting your cats and be careful you don’t touch your eyes, that’s torture.

You should not be the person grooming your cat or cleaning litter.

It’s possible that seasonal allergies are exacerbating your symptoms. Most people are allergic to more than one thing and spring through fall is worse. Don’t drive or sleep with windows open.

Zyrtec D has a decongestant added; that’s what the D always stands for, usually sedated. You can also try Zaditor eyedrops.

Hope this helps and you feel better.

Post # 9
630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I meant the D is Sudafed, auto correct changed my word..

Post # 10
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We got an air purifier for our bedroom because our allergies were worse in the mornings and it seems to help.

Post # 11
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Sudafed (the brand name of the “D” in Zyrtec-D) knocks me out if I take too much. I take one generic Zyrtec daily along with one tablet of generic Sudafed. Then I take another tablet of generic Sudafed in the evening if I’m feeling sniffly. The little red Sudafed pills are 1/2 the dose as can be found in most allergy-D medications.

Get a vacuum with a HEPA filter on it. This will do some much more for your allergies than an air filter. Commit to vacuuming very often (more than once a week). You might also consider keeping the animals out of the bedroom, or at least off of your pillow area.

Nasal sprays can help, but find one that you can be on long term. They’re not all created equally. I also use eye drops recommended to me by my eye doctor, although I’m not sure of the name right now.

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