Post # 1
So, its pollen season in VA again, and I only found out when I moved here that I am allergic to the local pollen. Oh joy. Last year, I was working at home and could cope by just sleeping through most of the morning/day and work at night when the pollen was not as bad. This year I need to remain a functioning member of normal society and get up each day to teach. What do you guys use to battle the constant stuffiness/congestion? Right now I am popping sudafed (the good stuff that you have to get behind the counter) like it is going out of style! Any other OTC suggestions? (I’d rather not go to the Dr. since my insurance sucks.)
Post # 3
Oohhh..I don’t have any answers for you, but I’m going to keep an eye on this post because I’m having the same problems!
Post # 4
I take Claritin on a daily basis and that helps some. I tried Zyrtec last month and one of those few people who actually had an allergic reaction to it!
Post # 5
I take Claritin every day during allergy season and keep plenty of Kleenex on hand. I tried Afrin for the congestion but it made my sinuses burn about 2-3 hours after use, so I stopped that (OUCH, man).
Post # 6
Claritin or Reactin daily…for many many days.
I’ve tried many holistic aproaches, but unfortunately they just don’t work well.
I don’t know about tree pollen (but I should look into this because I am allergic to it too), but I know for my ragweed allergies I have to avoid certain “triggers” that are known to be tied together such as carrots, peaches, and apples.
Post # 7
I use the NeilNed Sinus solution (similar to a neti pot, but easier to use cuz its just a squirt bottle) at least once a day, and take Allegra D, plus use Nasonex AQ (its water based, so doesn’t irritate as much). My allergies have actually gotten better since last year, not sure why or how, but I used significantly less medicine last year as every other year that I could remember. It was awesome, and I hope it continues
Post # 8
I sometimes have really bad hay fever and I hate allergy medicine– it makes me feel so light headed and grumpy. I use Nasalcrom, it’s OTC (but I think you can get Rx versions of it too). it forms a physical barrier that literally blocks the histamines in your sinuses– but you can’t feel it or anything. since it’s a physical barrier, it doesn’t put any drugs into your system so you don’t get any of the kind of side effects you get with antihistamines. unfortunately, it takes a few days to build up and start working well. but I swear by it!
until it kicks in, I find that washing my face — including rinsing my nose and eyes — helps get the pollens out and gives me temporary relief.
Post # 9
Rhinocorr prescription nasal spray has always worked the best for me, especially helps with my watery, itchy eyes. Also I think it’s important to take your meds (whatever works for you) every day during allergy season, not just when you are feeling symptoms. Good luck girl!
Post # 10
Alegra or Claritin right before I go to sleep. If I still hget an allergy attack then I use the NETI pot with a small pich of cayenne pepper and the saline salt packet. It burns for a minute, but it cures the sneezing attacks. The burn is worth it. i used to get allergy attacks so bad my boss would send me home, but I coldn’t drive myself becasue my eyes woruld water and I would have horrible sneezing fits. Glad I found someting to help me.
Post # 11
Oh, and Astilin nasal spray is also great, i only use it whennothing else would work. It’s expensive even with insurance, but it dries my nose out and hurts sometimes.
Post # 12
I grew up in No.VA and nothing at all worked for me. I’ve tried every. single. allergy medication prescription or not. I would recommend allergy shots if you’re going to live there for more than 3 years.
Post # 13
My allergies aren’t as bad on the west coast, but when I’ve lived on the east coast, I had really great results with Flonase. I think it is by prescription, still, but that they’ve come out with a generic.