Apr 18, 2015 4:39 PM GMT
I'm dying here. Anybody have any suggestions for over the counter meds that work best, home remedies, etc? Somebody told me to take off all my clothes when I entered my house but he might be a pervert.
Lumpy's doctor saidThis time of the year, many people may suffer from seasonal allergies or “Hay Fever.” Your John Muir Health physician would like to provide you with tips on what you can do to minimize the effects you may experience:
1) Avoid or reduce exposure to the allergen as much as you can. Stay indoors on hot windy days of pollen season. Keep windows and doors closed; including car windows if you are commuting when pollen is at its worse (typically between 5 AM – 10 AM). Use an air conditioner with an electrostatic filter. Wear sunglasses to help keep pollen out of your eyes.
2) Seek relief from an over-the-counter (OTC) treatment. Some treatments may be used in combination with another. You should always consult your physician if you are not sure which treatments are best for you. Since some of the treatments interfere with other medications or disease states, if you have not already discussed with your doctor, make an appointment to review. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding it is best to consult your physician as to what OTC medications are safe to use.
- Nasal saline sprays and rinses can help reduce swelling and clear excess mucous. These are non-medicated and very safe for all ages.
- Nasal steroids, such as Flonase and Nasonex, can be used to reduce inflammation in the nasal and sinus passageways, and may even help eye symptoms.
- Antihistamines, such as Claritin, Zyrtec, and Allegra, are considered non-drowsy and may work for more variety of symptoms like itchiness along with nasal symptoms.
- Decongestants can help to relieve swelling. However, they are not generally recommended for children or people with high blood pressure, heart disease, or vascular problems.
DefensiveEnd saidI'm dying here. Anybody have any suggestions for over the counter meds that work best, home remedies, etc? Somebody told me to take off all my clothes when I entered my house but he might be a pervert.
mybud saidFlonase...amazing stuff 120 doses for about 25 dollars...
TPM1 saidDefensiveEnd saidSomebody told me to take off all my clothes when I entered my house but he might be a pervert.I don’t think he was being a pervert
tennsjock saidI recommend a scientific approach. Assume that everybody's body is different, and different antihistamines work for different people. Then the challenge is finding which antihistamine works for you. Many of them are also non-drowsy, or they may be non-drowsy for you but not for other people. Try each of these for a week (only one at a time so you can isolate which one works best):
* chlorpheneramine (chlor-trimeton)
* clemastine fumarate (tavist-d)
* fexofenadine (allegra)
* loratidine (claritin)
* cetrizine (zyrtec)
* diphenhydramine (benadryl, drowsy)
* doxylamine (Nyquil, drowsy)
Everyone's body is different. Allegra works well for me, but chlorpheneramine works best for my partner. Benadryl works for both of us to a lesser extent -- doesn't make me drowsy, but knocks out my partner.