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Old 02-28-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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Allergy sufferer's, question!

I've exxxxxxxxxxxxxtremely allergic to dust and grass (basically the outside world right?) and I've been holding off on going to the doc and doing the allergy shots because where I work it's like pulling teeth to get our FMLA to approve it (I'd have to take off early atleast 1 day a week starting out, and I can't use appointment time everytime for it!).

I've been trying to "deal" with it by doing the honey thing, but it's not doing much, and I think it's because that's more for pollen allergies which I don't have? I could be wrong.


Anyway, anyone else share similar allergies and know a good OTC to use? Or any home remedies for me to try? An OTC Steroid nasal spray?


Edit: Also, to deal with it, I've been using oxymetazoline products (Afrin), and I think anyone that's used that stuff before knows how bad it is for you once you're addicted to it. Sometimes I think that my allergies have cleared up but it's the rebound congestion from the Afrin that keeps me stopped up, who knows though!
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:32 PM   #2
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Allegra or Claratin. Zero side effects (for me). Add nose spray if these don't work. If Allegra + nose spray doesn't work, you've got problems that need a doctor.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:32 PM   #3
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I would say start with a basic allergy med like Zyrtec or Benadryl depending on your type of symptoms (would suggest asking the pharmacist which they would suggest more so). If that doesn't really help, then time to go to the doctor to see what can be done.

Just be aware, a lot of the meds out there are more preventative than reactive, so if you know you are going to be outside most of the day, you may want to take one in the morning when you wake up.

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Most allergies come as a result of ph imbalance. There is a particular kind of calcium tablet you can take to help balance your ph. Ive used it before and reduced my symptoms to almost nothing and I didnt take any meds....I dont remember what its called but ill try to remwmber to call my nutritionist tomorrow and ask.

Id start with that before you lose your mind with pharmaceuticals.
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Allegra or Claratin. Zero side effects (for me). Add nose spray if these don't work. If Allegra + nose spray doesn't work, you've got problems that need a doctor.
What kind of nose spray are we talkin' bout here? Anything like Afrin, I'm already one, and shouldn't be on..>_<

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Most allergies come as a result of ph imbalance. There is a particular kind of calcium tablet you can take to help balance your ph. Ive used it before and reduced my symptoms to almost nothing and I didnt take any meds....I dont remember what its called but ill try to remwmber to call my nutritionist tomorrow and ask.

Id start with that before you lose your mind with pharmaceuticals.
Thanks Kurt, please update me with that! How long did it take before you saw a difference in symptoms?
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I have bad allergies too. Claritin, zyrtec, etc don't work for me very well. The best thing is a hot shower.
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Stay away from Benedryl and some of the older allergy medications. They will make you drowsy as hell.
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Generic for Allegra works well for me but mine is definitely seasonal pollen/mold.

Those netti pots are an...interesting experience but they do work to flush you out before bed and such.
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dust allergy is only fixed 95% when you have hardwood floors everywhere. no carpet. well for me it was. With carpet; I would wake up to 50 sneezes back to back.. Now its very very very minimal. maybe once or two times a week , I sneeze 3-4 times.
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Instead of a steroid spray try using a saline nose spray for a more natural way of getting the allergens out of your nose.
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I'm in the second year of allergy shots and it takes 20min and your out of there. My Dr stays late one night a week as well. You can't work something out with the doc? It's the best thing I ever did.

Nasonex worked very well for me on my indoor allergies combined with Zyrtec.
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Tylenol Severe Allergy......works for me. I've tried Claritin but didn't do anything but wasted money.

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