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Speak Up: How Do You Deal With Your Seasonal Allergies?

I am so excited about the warm Spring weather and everything blooming outside, but my body isn't. Seasonal allergies are hitting me especially hard this year. I used to only get a stuffy nose, but now I'm sneezing and blowing my nose like crazy. I can't deal with feeling crappy, so I've been taking Claratin every day. It seems like I can't live without it.

What about you? Have seasonal allergies taken hold of you this year? How do you deal with your symptoms? Tell me all about it in the comments section below.

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salamandra salamandra 8 years
what i really want is something natural, thanks for the advise i will try honey!
MimiDee MimiDee 8 years
after living in alaska for 3 years, moving to california last year really threw my allergies for a loop. last year, i tried everything in about 2 months, and nothing worked as well as it should have. this year, i've been taking benedryl, and it seems to work, but i have to take 2 or 3 in the mornings before i even leave the house in order to been mostly normal. then one every 5 hours or so aftr that. i dont suggest this methed, i wanted to try zyrtec, but i cant afford to pay 25 bucks for otcs right now.
Lavinie Lavinie 8 years
it comforts me to know that me feeling that my allergies are worse than ever this season isn't all in my head. once in awhile i take a claritin - but the majority of times i rough it.... i'm just not that into taking medication, but it's hard. esp when i start a sneeze attack at like 3 a.m. - so not necessary :-^
sldc sldc 8 years
Oh, and my allergies are worse in winter. Cedar in Austin!!!
sldc sldc 8 years
I rotate prescriptions, take the local honey, vitamin c, you name it. Claritin is a sugar pill, as far as I am concerned. Heh, I am just too highly evolved for this planet (read:allergic to nearly everything).
rimberry rimberry 8 years
I don't have allergies.
dameneko dameneko 8 years
claritin + neti pot + staying inside on windy days for me!! i do not like taking allergy meds every day and try not to do this, but sometimes they really, really help. NETI POTS FTW!!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Not something I have to worry about...
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Benadryl at night, Claritin during the day. Allergies have one benefit: getting you out of things you don't want to do. It's a great (and true) excuse. And it works everytime.
emalove emalove 8 years
I have a prescription nasal spray that I use and I also take Zyrtec. They help, but I still have my days where I'm absolutely miserable. Allergies suck.
So-Fab So-Fab 8 years
I whine and pout. It doesn't really do anything but make my family as miserable as me
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't have many issues with allergies, but some days the pollen in the air makes my contacts itchy, so I keep a little bottle of lens rewetting drops with me (pretty much just saline solution) and I'll put some in if my eyes are itchy.
smellen smellen 8 years
Allegra D tablets Naphcon A eyedrops I think I may check out the saline nasal rinse. A nurse at my doctor's office suggested it last year & I can never seem to muster up the energy for the neti pot, so this seems like an easier option.....
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Neti Pot!!! And local honey, and occasionally a Claritin when there's an especially high pollen day.
Fitness Fitness 8 years
teacherturtle1, Silly3, tagmunkee — I'm so glad you mentioned the Neti Pot. Here's a video of how to use one. This really helps my allergies tremendously. You've got to try it.
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
wow...honey, really???
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
i was on flonase for a while but my symtoms came back...now i'm on a new one my dr. prescribed called "gen-budesonide" its been really great for my sinus and allergies... not sure how long it'll last. @caryatid, i'm always being told to do the saline thing too...cant seem to do it either.
lolababy575 lolababy575 8 years
I would have to say to definitely try the local honey! I've moved around a bit within the last few years and as soon as I adjusted to one area, I would move to another and find myself sneezing, with a runny, nose, etc... It's a great, natural way to try and help your allergies. And this way you're treating the allergies, not your allergy symptoms.
dbarnaby dbarnaby 8 years
i live in Tennessee, pollen central, and people hear swear by taking a couple of teaspoons of locally produced honey - it has to be local and it's better probably to get it in your system before the season starts.
secrethoughts secrethoughts 8 years
I got a neti pot this year, and maybe it's just the severity of my symptoms, but it is not cutting it for me. I'm living on Claritin and Naphcon A eye drops, and I'm still thisclose to scratching my eyes out.
caryatid caryatid 8 years
my flonase isn't doing the trick as well as i want it to. my mom's in pharmacy school and is constantly badgering me to get some saline and flush out my nasal cavities, neti pot style, but it seems so gross to me! but if anyone is considering neti pot, she says saline works just as well. FYI, i guess!
tagmunkee tagmunkee 8 years
NETI POT. Cannot say it enough. I used to wake up every day with a sore throat from post-nasal drip, and always had a congestion and sneezing. Symptom-free since I've been using the pot every morning.
emilyplayscello emilyplayscello 8 years
I strongly suggest avoiding pharmaceutical medication when possible. I use Sabadil, a homeopathic remedy, and it works very well. It's easy to find at Whole Foods or natural grocery stores. Also, vitamin C is a natural antihistamine, so I'll often have something like Emergen'c (drink mix) to help with an itchy throat almost instantly.
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