Post # 1
I’ve been living in the south for about 10 years now, and I still haven’t gotten over the yearly allergy attacks – this years has been particularly vicious and my ears are still stuffed up even though the main attack was last saturday! i’ve tried local honey, saline, and every decongestant known to man. I am at a complete loss as to what to try. I’m new to the area and don’t know any doctors but I may have to just trust to blind faith to find someone who can get me through this!
Any thoughts bees?
Post # 3
i have really bad allergies and i take allegra-D and two nasal steroid sprays for seasonal allergies. My regular dr put me on them–i don’t see an allergist or anything. you could also get an allergy shot. Just find the first available dr
Post # 4
Go to an allergist. I get allergy shots and they are SO worth it! If you don’t want to get shots, an allergist can give you lots of options for medicine and suggestions about things to do and not do to keep your allergies under control.
Post # 5
we’ve got that crap here in the north too. go to a dr. and get a prescription for allegra or zyrtec or another allergy medication.
Post # 6
definately go to an allergist so you know what you are allergic to specifically and can avoid it. Didnt help me much since i am allergic to pretty much every tree and grass in VA, as well as pet dander, mold, etc….
i take a cocktail of sorts – clarinex and singular together. if i dont have my perscription i take the OTC Claritin D – the one you get behind the counter not on the shelf (its got teh decongestiant in there)
if its mostly nose problems for you you might want to do the neti-pot thing – where you irrigate your nose and sinuses with warm water (gross i know it sounds but darned if it doesnt work)
keep your chin up. it could always be worse. i have allergies YEAR ROUND.
Post # 7
Allergy shots, zyrtec, and flonase are what I swer by. Only do the allergy shots for severe attacks once or twice a year though…
Post # 8
I get allergies anywhere so I wouldn’t just blame the south. I take Zyrtec daily (at night like my doctor recommended so it is at a stable dose when you wake up) and I do nasal rinses when needed. It really helps. If you are having serious problems, consider getting injections. I might start them up again to desenitize myself.
Post # 9
I promise I don’t blame the south without cause – I grew up in oregon with no allergies, and my freshman year at college in North Carolina, I was knocked out for days. Come to think of it, it hasn’t been this bad SINCE my freshman year, but I’ve lived in Kentucky for almost 4 years, so it can’t be newbee allergies. Dr and Rx may be the only solution now since my ears have been stuffed up for almost a week.
Post # 10
@Dragonsus: – its not necessarily the south – its the change in climates and allergens you were used to. its like people who used to never be allergic to cats, get a cat, then all of a sudden they are allergic to cats since they are exposed to the dander all the time instead of every now and then. and we develop new allergies every year and as we grow older.
but yeah the location change had something to do with it, but it would also happen if you had lived in Carolina all your life and moved to Washington state or something.
Post # 11
OK strange advice, but I had horrible “allergies” and took a ton of medications. Then went to see an allergist and I did not test “allergic” to anything. He said it could be something environmental, like a cleaner I was using or the detergent to wash my sheets, even the carpet in my house! So I switched to all scent free products and took the carpet out of my bedroom. I also stopped taking all the stuff that I was taking. Instead I drink a ton of water and use the saline rinse. My allergy attacks are infrequent and not so bad now.
Post # 12
I grew up in Tennessee, lived in DC, and developed allergies when I moved to Arizona, so it’s not a southern thing. 😉 But I’ll admit, it’s pretty horrible here in Georgia.
I take Allegra, sudafed PE, and Omnaris nose spray (prescription) and use a neti pot.
Post # 13
I live in South TX, and my allergies are killer. A good option is allergy shots, but nasal sprays have been working wonders for me. Also, consider a neti pot to clear out all the gunk and they’ve been really great about preventing my sinus infections which I used to get all the time.
Post # 14
I’ve suffered terribly since moving to NC too. I hear this state is really bad with allergies because of the assortment of trees found in both the north and the south kinda all combine in this region (whether that’s true or not I’m not sure). Either way, my life saver this allergy season was: Zyrtec+ the Sinus Rinse Kit made by the same people who make the NediPot. It looks gross but I swear this helped me from getting multiple sinus infections this spring! It’s found at most drug stores.
Post # 15
I’m going to second the suggestion of the sinus rinse bottle. It gets better access than the Neti pot because it uses “positive pressure”..ie. you squeeze the bottle to get the saline in, rather than the pot where you have to tilt your head. Don’t squeeze too hard though, sometimes give me a headache if I use too much pressure.
If you’re doing it properly, the water should come out the other nostril. It’s very disturbing the first time you do it, but man does it feel good afterward!!
Post # 16
if zyrtec or claritin d don’t work, i would reccomend the allergy shot… but you have to remember that the pills have to be taken EVERY DAY, with or without allergies.. they take time to work… hope you start feeling better!