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How do you deal with seasonal allergies?

I've had bad allergies since Monday.

I generally take generic medication, though I call the medication by the brand name.

I take Sudafed 12 hour once per day.

And I take Zyrtec, Allegra, or Claritin once per day.

This has been my go to solution for the past several years.

How do you deal with seasonal allergies?

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Allegra and Flonase.
HEPA Air filter for indoors.
Occasional sinus rinse if allergies get really bad.

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Go see a doctor, than go through a treatment. I know, in usa you have to sell a kidney to cover medical cost, but try at least.
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I have a doctor's appointment in about a week.

I'll ask him what he thinks is a good treatment for me.  :BEER:

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Zyrtec is usually all I need.

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Either flonase or nasacort, both can dry your nose out though.

Most antihistamine pills either don’t work well or make me feel drowsy and/or generally gross. Claritin is the best balance of the ones I’ve tried.

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I had to take antihistamines and such as far back as I can remember.  Still do sometimes, but flonase generally takes care of the problem.  It doesn't give immediate relief.  Takes several days to finally give relief.  Once it does, I can stop and am usually good for a month or more.  I think it's over the counter now.  Definitely, the best weapon in my arsenal.   Best wishes on conquering your allergies.

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Go see a doctor, than go through a treatment. I know, in usa you have to sell a kidney to cover medical cost, but try at least. Mike

I’ve been recieving allergy shots for 2 years now and my health insurance pays for 100% of the very expensive serum, and I only pay a portion for my shot every month.

Get some Xyzal. I’ve had horrible allergies my entire life and Xyzal has helped a lot. I used to eat Claritin like candy, and Zrytec doesn’t do anything for me. One thing I have learned through going to the doctor for allergy shots, you have to preemptively take antihistamines for them to work. I take 1 a day, every day during pollen season and it works.

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Aller-Flo a Kirkland/Costco equivalent to Flonase
Allegra-D 12hr to combat the postnasal drip that sets off my coughing fits.
And when that fails I have my Magic Elixir…Promethazine-Codeine syrup. I guard that like Coke guards their formula.
I haven’t needed any of that this year so far.

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Flonase. Every day. Year round.

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I live your pain man. You ain’t seen nuthin till you see SC in the spring away from the ocean, like here at my house, about 120 miles inland. I have never seen anything like this. For about three weeks during spring everything in town, inside and out, is caked with lime green pollen. That would include the inside of my sinuses. When the breezes are light, one can see thick clouds of pollen wafting around the neighborhood. I tried shots pills et al. The only thing that works for me is a nasal wash twice a day, and stay inside as much as possible. That nasal wash kit can be had at any drug store or discount chain. The brand I use is Neil-Med. There are others. Good luck, har, as if luck helps.

Now this is weird. The pollen clouds put on a real show with a pencil beam flashlight at night, and laser pointers as well. Might as well have some fun with my seasonal misery. Right now I’m using an Olite warrior-x for pollen illumination, and a water-cooled one watt krypton laser (not recommended).

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Had 10 years of allergy shots. Consider talking about a drug called singular with your doctor.

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I don’t take anything for seasonal allergies because I only get mild symptoms. But for cat allergy, I take a generic Sudafed. It seems to work pretty well. Best if taken in advance, as Yourrid said above. I don’t have a cat, and most of my family and friends don’t have cats either, but my Brother-in-law and his wife do have a cat, and I usually pop a pill before going to visit them.

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raccoon city wrote:
How do you deal with seasonal allergies?

Lots of coffing, choking, and blowing. Sick

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How do you deal with seasonal allergies?

Usually by asking a doctor instead of a bunch of nutty flashlight enthusiasts.

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you are in Canada, right?

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Y’know, that’d make a great teevee commercial…

 

How do you deal with seasonal allergies?

LOL

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DavidEF wrote:
I don’t take anything for seasonal allergies because I only get mild symptoms. But for cat allergy, I take a generic Sudafed. It seems to work pretty well. Best if taken in advance, as Yourrid said above. I don’t have a cat, and most of my family and friends don’t have cats either, but my Brother-in-law and his wife do have a cat, and I usually pop a pill before going to visit them.

Sudafed isn’t an antihistamine, its just a decongestant FYI.

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I don’t take anything for seasonal allergies because I only get mild symptoms. But for cat allergy, I take a generic Sudafed. It seems to work pretty well. Best if taken in advance, as Yourrid said above. I don’t have a cat, and most of my family and friends don’t have cats either, but my Brother-in-law and his wife do have a cat, and I usually pop a pill before going to visit them.

Sudafed isn’t an antihistamine, its just a decongestant FYI.


You’re right. I was quoting the wrong “name”. What I take is a generic Benadryl. Thanks for the correction.

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I have allergic asthma and do Claritin in the morning, Zyrtec at night during the worst allergy times (May & June).

I’ve just started using Flonase and it’s amazing.

The rest of the year I go through a bottle of Claritin then I switch to Zyrtec and then switch back so I don’t build up a tolerance for either one (hopefully).

I don’t do Sudaphed because of the side effects (dopey).
I don’t do Benadryl because I’ve heard that it may increase the chances of developing Alzheimer’s.

I keep both of them around for emergency use though. My son tripped on something and landed on ragweed or something just as bad and his face started swelling up like he was rapidly decompressing. Had to chance the Benadryl on that occasion.

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DavidEF wrote:
I don’t take anything for seasonal allergies because I only get mild symptoms. But for cat allergy, I take a generic Sudafed. It seems to work pretty well. Best if taken in advance, as Yourrid said above. I don’t have a cat, and most of my family and friends don’t have cats either, but my Brother-in-law and his wife do have a cat, and I usually pop a pill before going to visit them.

Sudafed isn’t an antihistamine, its just a decongestant FYI.


You’re right. I was quoting the wrong “name”. What I take is a generic Benadryl. Thanks for the correction.

Ah I figured that’s what you meant to say. That stuff knocks me out and is great for motion sickness… my go-to for long flights but can’t use for allergies for obvious reasons.

Cold meds with diphenhydramine (the active ingredient) are great for getting rest too.

Bonus tip: For any nausea/motion sickness where you don’t want to be drowsy ginger extract is incredible.

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Flonase twice a day every day of the year. Zyrtec and Singulair at bed time. Allergy eye drops and neti pot. Had 10 plus years of allergy shots.
Yep, I got it bad.

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I can’t offer any advice, my allergy symptoms disappeared several years ago. Don’t know how or why.

Worse reaction of my life was 30+ years ago outside Buckingham palace in spring. There is/was a park full of some kind of tree blooming that nearly hospitalized me. I literally ran for my life to get away from that park.

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Never use any injection-type drugs (even if someone predics that they can will help you for long time) – they are not safety.
Do not use pills until you havent tried right scheme with various effect nosal spreys.
Allergy symptoms are the reaction of your body to the allegren that is already inside your blood.
To prevent them, you need to reduce amount of tiny dust that can go inside with every breath.
I am deviding 3 different steps of allergy:
1) from march to november (or actually every time when temperature is above zero celsius) I am using special nosal sprey that consist tiny amount of ectoine and salt water. Advertisment says that it will make a super nano coating in your nose and this will help. I never believe such statements but it actually works. You need to use it every time 10-20min before you go outside or into place with big amount of old dust. If I hear motor scythe through open window – I also use it.
2) from some date in june or july, there is already reasonable amount of allergen inside me and nasopharynxes start to inflammate. I have to add another sprey that includes mometasone furoate.
3) Last mid of august and first mid of september are the worth time in my area. Human-height weed grass, in combination with populus down that can bring pollen to 17th floor – sometimes I regret why I dont wear respirator outdoors. This is the time when I have to use regular pills with antihistamine. I dont have enough knowledges to understand why it is so but I can defently say that when I take them for one month only they work much better this month neither if I take them from march to november.

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Antihistamine is go-to treatment every year.
I was asthmatic when I was younger, so Clarytin, Zyrtec and so on were mandatory.
Now it’s Desloratadine (don’t know if you have this in USA), from April to August. One pill a day and I’m free to breath !

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avoid medication.

eat natural fruits that contain antihistamine… like pineapple Smile

also need exercising + swimming Smile

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I work outside, so I have the opportunity to launch snot-rockets all day if necessary.

At home I have a box of tissues in close proximity or a hanky in my pocket.

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Steroid shot from the clinic relieves my symptoms for about two weeks. I only get allergies for a month down here where I am at. Ragweed usually September

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And when that fails I have my Magic Elixir…Promethazine-Codeine syrup. I guard that like Coke guards their formula.

LOL isn’t that the primary ingredient in PURPLE DRANK?

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I’m from Canada and one of the driest cities ever – Calgary. We get pummeled by dust, dirt and degrading organic matter all spring and then when the pollen finally hits in June my body loses it.

I currently take Aerius in the morning then on bad evenings top it off with Benadryl PM or night time to aid in sleeping.

I spoke with my doctor about it who gave me a prescription nasal spray, a steroid inhaler to strengthen my system over the initial 2 weeks of hell when everything is at it’s worst and told me that you can get a prescription strength Reactine.

He said very specifically that nasal sprays if used for multiple days in a row rapidly create negative systems and cause a lot of issues. He advised they should only be used a couple days in a row and to try and use them only before bed when allergies affect sleep.

I see a lot of people recommend Neti-pots which I’ve never tried before because I read the risk of infection caused by flushing your sinuses is very high. They sell them everywhere so they have to work but I’ve just stuck to pills so far

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Nicolicous wrote:
avoid medication.

eat natural fruits that contain antihistamine… like pineapple Smile

also need exercising + swimming Smile

+1

More than 40 years suffering from seasonal allergy…

I always treated it symptomatically with a very low dose Benadryl (diphenhydramine) syrup until it became difficult to get in my country.

Since then I make a decoction of peeled and chopped roots of ginger and drink it several times a day.

I also consume, whenever I can, pineapple.

When the allergy is very strong I take a 5ml dose of Benadryl that I get from Argentina.

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