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Offline ZG

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freakin allergies - any recommendations?
« on: June 26, 2011, 02:26:03 pm »
So the summer like weather came late this year in the PNW, the usual late April / early May allergy season is just really picking up now with the pollen... Just got done mowing the yard and man I'm toast...
 
I've tried the over the counter stuff like Clariton (generic) and Allegra, anything else out there you'd recommend for hay fever?  :-\
 
For now I'm just sitting here with a cold beer, already feel a little better...  ;)    :chugbeer:

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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2011, 04:14:16 pm »
I feel your pain.  Dealt with that all my life.  Done the shots and everything.  Never found anything that truly helps.  I must say, I am way better off in Western Wa than in Eastern Wa.  It was just brutal over there, eyes swelling up to the point I can hardly see :-[

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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2011, 04:17:49 pm »
Oh, I will say that I believe preventative measures are the only hope.  When I head to Eastern Wa I load up on a double hit of benadryl.  If I take it after I start having problems it does no good, so I take it before.  Not very scientific, but I think that helps.

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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2011, 04:19:05 pm »
Ive been using Allegra lately with a decent amount of success. Oh, and thanks for the heads up, we're flying into Seattle on Sat.
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Re: freakin allergies - any recommendations?
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2011, 04:37:04 pm »
Oh, I will say that I believe preventative measures are the only hope.  When I head to Eastern Wa I load up on a double hit of benadryl.  If I take it after I start having problems it does no good, so I take it before.  Not very scientific, but I think that helps.



Ya, I tried Benadryl before and it made me kinda tired/drowsy, which is fine at night but not so much out and about during the day if you know what I mean...


I use to get shots but haven't been doing that for the last 10 years or so, this year seems to have came with alot more fury all at once in the PNW.  :(

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Re: freakin allergies - any recommendations?
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2011, 05:21:02 pm »
Long Shower, Benadryl now.

Make an appointment with an allergist tomorrow. Reducing seasonal allergy symptoms is a daily chore for those of us up here that suffer from them.  I take Zyrtec every day from February through August.  And I take Astepro for breakthrough symptoms.  Plus I take Pataday eyedrops  for eye allergies ($100 for 2.5ml after the insurance pays their part).

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Re: freakin allergies - any recommendations?
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2011, 05:56:31 pm »
Long Shower, Benadryl now.

Make an appointment with an allergist tomorrow. Reducing seasonal allergy symptoms is a daily chore for those of us up here that suffer from them.  I take Zyrtec every day from February through August.  And I take Astepro for breakthrough symptoms. Plus I take Pataday eyedrops  for eye allergies ($100 for 2.5ml after the insurance pays their part).


Hmmm... haven't heard about Pataday, thanks for the tip Willy!  :)

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Re: freakin allergies - any recommendations?
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2011, 06:14:31 pm »
I lived 34 yrs & wasn't allergic to anything.  Then for some strange reason I had the stopped up, runny nose that I could not get rid of.  I went to the family doctor & said I had allergies.  I took everything over the counter & nothing worked.  I felt like crap all the time.

Someone finally told me of a great ears, nose & throat doctor in town.  I went to see him & he said I had a severely deviated septum & recommended I do septum surgery & then allergy prick test.  We met our out of pocket deductible on our health insurance due to our 2nd daughter being born via c-section so I thought what the hell, the surgery will be free.

The prick test was probably the best thing I've done.  I found out exactly what I'm allergic to & now I know what to do to prevent the reactions.  I'm addicted to indoor allergies but mostly dust mites. 

I've had the septum surgery & am now doing allergy drops.  They're similar to the shots except you do it yourself by placing drops of your allergens under your tongue. 

I take Zyrtec daily & 2 puffs of Nasonex in each nostril every night.  I also have an inhaler as I've developed allergy induced asthma.

I now feel 100% better & have very few allergy symptoms b/c of I'm on the correct medicine & I know how to limit my exposure to what's causing my reactions.  My suggestion through all this would be to go see an allergy specialist.  It make a complete turn around for me.

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Re: freakin allergies - any recommendations?
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2011, 06:25:16 pm »
I lived 34 yrs & wasn't allergic to anything.  Then for some strange reason I had the stopped up, runny nose that I could not get rid of.  I went to the family doctor & said I had allergies.  I took everything over the counter & nothing worked.  I felt like crap all the time.

Someone finally told me of a great ears, nose & throat doctor in town.  I went to see him & he said I had a severely deviated septum & recommended I do septum surgery & then allergy prick test.  We met our out of pocket deductible on our health insurance due to our 2nd daughter being born via c-section so I thought what the hell, the surgery will be free.

The prick test was probably the best thing I've done.  I found out exactly what I'm allergic to & now I know what to do to prevent the reactions.  I'm addicted to indoor allergies but mostly dust mites. 

I've had the septum surgery & am now doing allergy drops.  They're similar to the shots except you do it yourself by placing drops of your allergens under your tongue. 

I take Zyrtec daily & 2 puffs of Nasonex in each nostril every night.  I also have an inhaler as I've developed allergy induced asthma.

I now feel 100% better & have very few allergy symptoms b/c of I'm on the correct medicine & I know how to limit my exposure to what's causing my reactions.  My suggestion through all this would be to go see an allergy specialist.  It make a complete turn around for me.


Thanks LL, I think I will go see my doc next week if for nothing else to see about getting something stronger than the over the counter stuff.


I must say though that in reading your post at first it felt like a joke was building...  ???


Either way, I'll also ask my wife about the "prick test" thing tonight, it is Sunday night...  ;) ;D

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Re: freakin allergies - any recommendations?
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2011, 06:36:29 pm »
A huff on that monkey butt oughta clear things up......

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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2011, 06:39:08 pm »
A huff on that monkey butt oughta clear things up......


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Re: freakin allergies - any recommendations?
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2011, 06:41:27 pm »
Oxygen, no pun here. My neighbor does the allergy thing, and every evening and morning he does oxygen treatments for about 10 to 15 minutes. he says it cuts his daytime and nightime symptoms in half, and the meds take care of the rest. He found it out by accident about 15 yrs ago, and now he says his symptoms are getting less and less every yr.
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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2011, 06:53:24 pm »
I wear a good quality dust mask when I mow during ragweed season. Helps stop it before it starts.
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Re: freakin allergies - any recommendations?
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2011, 07:21:53 pm »
Here's a +2 on the Zyrtec medication, from somebody who gets so bad he used to have to take time off work during the heaviest part of pollen and hay fever season....
I have Kaiser Permanente and they sell an over-the-counter bottle of Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets 10 mg 100 tablets for about $12, if I remember correctly...same active ingredient and strength as Zyrtec at about 1/3 the price or better...I take one every morning during any kind of season coming on and haven't missed a day of work in almost 4 years...and no drowsy either...