(Closed) How to deal with allergies?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@PinkMagnolia:  I don’t have severe allergies, but I do have issues with sinus infections brought on my pollen stirring up trouble up there, and my doctor recommended the neti pots, and I cannot live without them now! I highly recommend them. They are cheap, natural, and really make you feel a ton better!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have taken Zyrtec for years and have never had any problems with memory loss or weight gain from them.  I’m doing allergy shots with an allergist and they aren’t painful for me.  They are helping to reduce the severity of my allergies I think.

The PP has a good idea about nasal rinses, they really do help.  Otherwise, I don’t think there is anything you can really do to make them go away.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

My father finds that if he avoids dairy during the high allergy seasons he is not as bothered by it.

Think of it like a bucket. Many people have an intolerance to dairy, but not enough to notice. But if your allergy bucket is full due to pollen etc, then the dairy will cause the bucket to spill over (IE your allergy symptoms

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@PinkMagnolia:  I have severe allergies and my allergist told me to ‘allergize’ my bed. I put a allergen protectant cover on my mattress and two pillows. I also bought Allergy pillows for my bed.

My cat sleeps with us so I know for a fact that doesn’t help. I know, i’m stupid for letting her but I can’t help it. She’s too cute!

 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have severe allergies, but do not have any of the side effects you mentioned. Have you tried many different kinds? Benadryl makes me groggy, but i’m crystal clear on Zyrtec, and I also take Flonase. I went from 6-8 sinus infections a year to zero. HI’d take a little weight gain any day over that!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@PinkMagnolia:  It looks strange when you do it… but man oh man, you’ll feel like a new woman afterward. It might take a couple of days with daily neti and no meds to feel better… it’s not magic (but close!) just add the right amount of salt, there are some youtube videos online that show you how to do it, and ahhh you will feel amazing.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Oh, I also have had luck with Flonase (but that was before I discovered my symptoms weren’t straight allergies). No side effects, and it smells like flowers!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yes!  NETI POT.  Seriously, mine changed my life.  I have had lifelong seasonal allergies in addition to mold, dust, and cats, and they make me so totally miserable when untreated.  I hate taking meds (and actually became immune to all the main ones like Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, etc. after 20+ years of being on them), so the neti pot has been a godsend.  I use this one, which is a squeeze bottle & SUPER easy to use.  I bought it at Target for like $8 including 100 packets of the rinse solution packets.

I also recommend cutting out dairy (or at least straight-up milk), as a PP mentioned.  For some reason, my seasonal (non food-related) allergies/congestion got loads better when I gave up dairy.

Lastly, I use these holistic drops by Natra-Bio at the peak of allergy season, and they WORK.  I was super skeptical to try them, but desperate for a natural remedy.  (The neti pot helps A LOT, but doesn’t totally erase my allergies.  These drops were the extra boost I needed, and combined with the neti pot, my allergies hardly exist anymore.)  The drops actually expose your body to tiny amounts of what you’re allergic to, so over time, your body builds up an immunity to the allergen.  The results have been pretty incredible for me.  They make a variety of drops for different allergens (outdoor, mold, dogs, pollen/hayfever, etc.), so you can choose the one that is relevant to you.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

This is more related to outdoor allergens but I’ve heard if you go to a local farmers market or something of the sort in the summer and get honey made from local bees, it helps! It had something to do with bees creating antibodies against local allergens that gets transferred to the honey. I feel silly because I can’t remember exactly how it works, but maybe you could research it? Just an idea!

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