- 2 weeks ago
- Wedding: July 2018
For the past 3 weeks I’ve been dealing with terrible allergies like I’ve never experience before. It started July 16 a couple days after getting back from a vacation to Europe.
It started out with an itchy, runny nose and itchy, watery eye (symptoms only affected the right side of my face). This went on for about a week, cleared up, and then the same symptoms began affecting the left side of my face. That persisted for about a week as well.
Now, I generally feel fine throughout the day/evening, after I have showered and gotten rid of any excess mucus, used allergy eye drops and nasal spray, however when I wake up in the mornings I am super congested and my eyes are swollen with huge bags underneath them (allergic shiners?). I have considered going to urgent care but everytime I did I would feel better and was concerned they really wouldn’t be able to do much.
The weirdest part is that I had similar symptoms last year during the last few days of my honeymoon (so around August 13) in Hawaii. The issues went away after about a week pretty much as soon as I got home. I live on the east coast (US). I had the itchy, runny nose and itchy watery eyes but I never got to the swollen, puffy eye stage.
I just can’t figure out what I’m allergic to, and moreover, what I’m allergic to that exists both on the east coast and on an island in the Pacific nearly a month apart from this year to last year (July 15 this year from August 13 last year). I suppose I don’t know allergies very well because I just assumed the symptoms would stay the same until the allergen was removed.
I’ve tried to make note of changes that happened in my environment since getting back from vacation this year. The only things I’ve come up with are new mulch was laid on our flower beds, my husband bought new soap, and we started using different laundry detergent (actually the same brand detergent I’ve used for years but with different specifications, like dirt lifting action). I have also noticed itching over the past week, which kind of reminds me of a detergent allergy (because I know I’m allergic to Tide, for example).
I have switched from my usual Zyrtec to Xyzal and from a generic nasal spray to Flonase. I have tried taking Benedryl but it doesn’t help much. I also use Alaway eye drops.
Do any of you have any ideas what I could be allergic to or if there’s any thing to take to keep this from happening every year (if it is a seasonal thing)? Have any of you experienced similar symptoms?
Last time I went to urgent care with issues they told me “It was just allergies” and to “get a good nasal spray.” So, I’d rather not pay them for that.