Allergies Going CRAZY!!

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    May 12, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    I have never had pollen attacks like I have had this year. I have tried Claratin, Allegra, Zyrtec, generic, netipot and anything else I can think of... Anybody have a secret they can share? I have been sick for months now.
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    May 12, 2011 1:19 AM GMT
    I watched once a show on The Discovery Channel and a guy suffered the same as you, and he tried with helmintic intestinal parasites, I think it is was the "anchilosthoma" (sorry, I can be wrong with the English name of that) and there are some studies developed by the University of Nottingham about this matter. The thing was that for this guy the parasite just worked flawlessly and now he is "cured" and currently he is doing business with that "therapy".
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    May 12, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    same here but my allergies is somewhat under control since i started using this....
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    May 12, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    Claritin is my savior. Also I have dust mite protectors on my pillow and mattress.
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    May 12, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    I too have extremely bad allergies. I take Claritin dissolve tablets (don't like swallowing pills). The thing is you have to take medication before your allergies even start in order for it to work. I can tell you because I have it bad, my eyes water and itch, my throat itches and sore, nostrils inflamed, stuffy, runny and have a head fever. It's terrible and have dealt with this for many years. Also see watch what foods trigger your allergies and try closing your windows in the early hours of the morning, which pollen is at it's peak.
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    May 12, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    Visit your doctor and get Clarinex. Problem solved. ^-^

    Claritin SUXXX!
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    May 12, 2011 4:20 AM GMT
    Mostwant3d saidVisit your doctor and get Clarinex. Problem solved. ^-^

    Claritin SUXXX!



    Claritin may suck for you but it works for me so you gotta find what works for you
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    May 12, 2011 6:17 AM GMT
    My allergies kicked in last Friday... my throat is sore, my nose is red from blowing it so much, my eyes itch and burn...

    Claritin does absolutely nothing and neither do nasal decongestants or eye drops. I can't wait for spring to be over. icon_sad.gif
  • barriehomeboy

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    May 12, 2011 6:26 AM GMT
    I only have mild borderline alergies, but yesterday I snorted out something that I can only describe as orange. There's something going on that is beyond the usual.
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    May 12, 2011 6:37 AM GMT
    I just looked up Neti Pot on Google... since it's just saline solution, contact solution should work too, right?

    I wish I'd never done that.
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    May 12, 2011 6:47 AM GMT

    It is worth the time money and energy to get tested for all your airborne and food allergies. Sensitives to allergens can be light to severe. Enough exposure to many airborne and food allergens can kick you over a threshold where you really have problems like you do now.

    Two former lovers had bad allergies for the twenty yrs we were together. My first lovers allergies where part of the cause of his untimely death so they are not something to be casual about. Very long story and cutting it short we had great success cutting food out of the diet that they reacted to. This kept them below the threshold level where they reacted and stayed off medication most of the time. It was only when strong reacting airborne allergens where blooming that they had problems and went back on medication. However the number of attacks and severity of these attacks were greatly diminished.

    They both developed late onset asthma in there 30's due to the allergies. So don't take them lightly.

    Good luck to all of you on this!!
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    May 12, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
    "They" say ingesting local honey works. It's obviously made from local pollen. Works similar to a vaccine; different but similar.
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    May 12, 2011 8:30 PM GMT
    Benadryl is the only thing that works for me when they get too severe. But with grogginess and the benadryl hangover, it can't be taken often.

    But it works!

    Zyrtec seems to work sporadically for me.

    Claritin and Allegra did nothing.

    There is a non-steroidal nasal spray called Patanase, (for those that have problems with nose bleeds from steroids). I hear it works, but is on the expensive co-pay side.
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    May 12, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    Claritin did nothing for me. Nothing. Stop wasting your money on pills and buy a Neti Pot. It will wash all that pollen and dust from your sinuses. If you flush the pollen out there is no allergy response. You must use it correctly though. I know you said you've used one before but I have a feeling you were not using it correctly. When people say it doesn't work for them, they are almost always doing it wrong. Your head should be perpendicular to the floor. Do NOT lean back. Get the ceramic one and use very warm water. Whole Foods carries them.
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    May 12, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    On the West Coast--I was allergy-free. So Move! (if you can..... lol)....but for me now here on the East Coast---FLONASE nasal spray (prescription only) is my miracle drug. I use it twice a day and after 3 days my allergies have all but disappeared. --- (I get itchy red watery burning eyes).....I also stay indoors as much as possible from May 1 to June 1, as that's the worst time each year. My allergies are to grass. (Hate that smell anyway--Give me city asphalt anyday)
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    May 12, 2011 11:27 PM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle saidI have never had pollen attacks like I have had this year. I have tried Claratin, Allegra, Zyrtec, generic, netipot and anything else I can think of... Anybody have a secret they can share? I have been sick for months now.


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    May 12, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    One time I had hay fever and my whole body broke out in hives. I think my head was the itchiest, though. I'm lucky enough that it hasn't happened yet this year =.=
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    May 13, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    I don't like doing any of the medicine. I do the neti pot on occasion and sitting in the steam room helps as well. Stinging nettle sometimes help as well.
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    May 13, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    I have been taking a supplement called butterbur for about 5 years now. Works like a charm with no side effects. I also use a netti pot occasionally.
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    May 13, 2011 8:14 AM GMT
    Wow, not even a netipot helps?! I get bad sinus problems from time to time and always use the netipot along with Claritin or some other allergy medicine.

    Sounds like you have what my sister had. She had the worst sinus allergies that took a lot out of her. At the recommendation of her doctor, she had surgery on her sinuses and she is so much better.

    I'd ask your doctor about allergy testing before you consider surgery though.

    Also keep in mind that due to increasing warmer weather over the years, pollen and early blooms are happening sooner and last longer than years before. That's why doctors are seeing allergy sufferers getting attacks frequently than ever before. icon_sad.gif
  • hebrewman

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    May 13, 2011 8:46 AM GMT
    here in baltimore it has been really bad too. the overly wet winter has caused an outpouring of oak pollen which not only bugs me, but my boston terrier. last week he broke out in hives and his face was swollen because of the pollen on the grass. i hate taking claritin because after a week or so, i experience back aches as a side effect. what i've come to discover for my sinuses is natural product called ALLERGY BUSTER an offshoot of sinus buster. (www.busterbrands.com) avail at most rite aid stores, it, like sinus buster uses capsicum to open up the sinuses and then a little bit of nettle to combat the pollen. for my eyes, i just keep rinsing w/ water and every 12 hrs use zaditor or alaway. this is a non habit forming eye solution.
    if you have pets, wipe them down after they have been out side. it helps me anyway and him to keep the pollen down. wash your face w/ clear water, and just hang in until the trees finish doing what they are doing. lucky that i am only in this until the end of may or so here in baltimore.
    hope this helps.
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    May 13, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    bigeasydude saidWow, not even a netipot helps?! I get bad sinus problems from time to time and always use the netipot along with Claritin or some other allergy medicine.

    Sounds like you have what my sister had. She had the worst sinus allergies that took a lot out of her. At the recommendation of her doctor, she had surgery on her sinuses and she is so much better.

    I'd ask your doctor about allergy testing before you consider surgery though.

    Also keep in mind that due to increasing warmer weather over the years, pollen and early blooms are happening sooner and last longer than years before. That's why doctors are seeing allergy sufferers getting attacks frequently than ever before. icon_sad.gif



    I agree.....allergy testing is very important. Forget about the old method of sticking you with a million different allergens. That method was like 92% accurate anyway, and now all they do is draw your blood one time and test you for everything all at once. Much less painful and more accurate. I think it's close to 99% accurate. I am very allergic to dogs but I also have this habit of rescuing dogs, plus I have two indoor dogs (love dogs!) so I was in constant agony. I had to give up volunteering at the local SPCA because I would leave with symptoms so bad they actually caused a daily fever. Now I vaccinate myself once every two weeks and now I can can actually pet my dogs and play with them the way they deserve. Vaccinations and the Neti Pot have really changed my life.
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    May 15, 2011 1:02 AM GMT
    been sneezing for weeks, but i dont thing i need pills...yet.
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    May 15, 2011 12:25 PM GMT
    acupuncture or shiatsu can help by calming your body┬┤s immune reaction a bit...

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    May 15, 2011 12:35 PM GMT
    There are a lotta great suggestions in this thread, which is encouraging.

    Meanwhile, I wonder if the root cause of your symptoms has yet to be addressed.

    I hope you don't give up on pressuring your health care providers to keep thinking and exploring. Sorry to read you have been dealing with this for months.