Love the weather but hate allergy season...

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    Mar 31, 2011 9:45 AM GMT
    I'm sure there are other RJers out there who suffer from seasonal allergies. How do you cope with the sudden onslaught of the sneezes, stuffy sinuses, burning throats, itchy, watery eyes, wheezing lungs? Besides taking pills or avoiding the allergens (which is not an option for most of us), what do you do to minimize your symptoms?

    Sometimes I just take a cold, wet towel and put it over my face. It also seems like carbonated sugary drinks (like Coke) alleviates things a little. Could it be that a) it's cold, b) it's bubbly, or c) that the high sugar content subdues my immune system so much that it is not reacting to the allergens any more? After all, allergies are an overreaction by the immune system... Of course, drinking a bunch of Coke has other unfortunate health related side effects...

    But, what do you do?
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    Mar 31, 2011 12:31 PM GMT
    I usually don't have allergy problems, but one year, out of the blue, they went haywire. I tried over-the-counter Claritin, but that stuff wired me up so much that I couldn't sleep. I ended up going to the doctor, and he gave me a prescription for one of those corticosteroid nasal sprays. That cleared it up.
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    Apr 01, 2011 1:54 AM GMT
    Rooibos tea [which is not technically tea but is prepared the same way] has been suggested as a natural remedy to allergies. I also have heard that if you eat honey that comes from bees local to your area [who also get pollen from flowers local to your area], that will help reduce pollen-related allergies over time.
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    Apr 02, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    I too heard that buying local honey helps strengthen the body's immune system against Spring related allergies.

    I've also noticed that aroma therapy with eucalyptus oil helps quite a bit, as well as drinking hot tea.

    I've been doing pretty well the last couple of years with my allergies. I'm allergic to some odors, ciggarrette smoke (which I'm more than happy to avoid), and the perfumey stuff they put in over the counter facial cleansers and shampoos so I typically buy that kind of stuff from the health food store.
  • LJay

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    Apr 02, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
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    Apr 02, 2011 10:45 PM GMT
    Zyrtec is our friend. If things get too rough, then benadryl. Cardio gives temporary relief.

    When I was in school, there were no effective drugs yet. I basically carried loads of bandanas around and literally dripped into them all day. Turns out, that isn't anybody's fetish. I distinctly remember taking exams in college and trying to keep from dripping on the paper.

    I don't buy the honey thing. I've had honey made here on the farm my whole life and nobody has worse allergies than I do. In fact one year, I was completely freaking out because I had chronic thrush. The viral screens all came back negative (whew!). Finally, one day I was talking to the bee keeper and he mentioned that he deliberately put some hives in poison oak patches, and sold the honey as a "desensitizing" potion. Bingo. I stopped using honey and the thrush went away. Had some again and it came back within a day. Threw out the honey and the problem went away forever.
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    Apr 02, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    Claritin D is my saviour. Or in my case, Costco's generic brand, AllerClear D!
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    Apr 12, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
    I am known by my friends as the boy in the bubble because of my allergies in the Spring. Here is my list:

    #1.Allergy shots. They work for a lot of people, including me. This was the first time I've gone through Spring without being on Claritin/Allegra/Allevert etc. Only eye drops. You have to take the shots for about 6 months before your body builds up enough antibodies though.

    #2. My worst symptoms are the severely itching eyes. The best way to fix this is to get saline solution (like for contacts), lean your head back and flood your eyes with it rolling your eyes around for about 30 seconds to let the solution loosen up the histamine. Also, an ice cold damp cloth or soda/beer can or bottle work incredibly well too. And if you wear contacts, wear them for 4 hours or less each day. The protein deposits and the histamine in the eyes make contacts impossible to tolerate.
    Medicine: I use Zaditor eye drops every 12 hours which you can get over the counter.

    #3. For the nasal issues and headaches get a neti pot or saline nasal spray.
    Medicine: Veramyst Nasal spray (Prescription). This works REALLY well for me but it is very expensive.

    #4. Wheezing... if you're doing this and/or coughing, you probably know that you have allergy induced asthma. I have this too and you want to stay on top of this with medicine and your doctor. There are a lot of great meds for this.

    #5) Prednisone. This should be your last resort.
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    Apr 12, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    theyre driving my nose insane!
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    Apr 12, 2011 9:20 AM GMT
    Alas, we don't have all those wonderful US meds in Germany... most of all I miss sudafed, draino for those sinuses. Claritin never did anything for me for some reason. My doc has offered to start a desensitization regimen, which I am seriously considering.

    The asthma is what's getting to me most this season, next in line the runny, clogged nose. There are times when the dripping is like a running faucet. Very attractive...

  • Brando

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    Apr 12, 2011 9:36 AM GMT
    In between all the sneezing and coughing I'm doing, I feel like I just gave a mucus monter some awesome head, and well, my "reward" was just too much for my throat.
  • tcmdoc

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    Apr 21, 2011 2:05 AM GMT
    Find a good acupuncturist to prescribe some Chinese herbs for you. We have lots of success with them with people who have bad allergies. If you need suggestions, just let me know.