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Speak Up: How Do You Deal With Allergies?

I am one of those late bloomers when it comes to seasonal allergies. Only recently have I become symptomatic around certain kinds of pollen. I am certain that what is going on in my head (literally) is not a cold.

So all of you out there suffering from allergies, do you have any tips for me? How do you deal with your allergies? I am interested in home remedies too. Just tell me in the comment section below.

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Fitness Fitness 10 years
Looks like Claritin is the big winner - I will definitely buy some to have around. Thanks for sharing, everybody.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Quick note: Allergy shots and beta blockers don't mix.
txhottie txhottie 10 years
I have been suffering since I was a little kid - here is my routine. Non-drug things to try: -use a netti pot everyday, sometimes twice on heavy allergy days. You can pick one up with saline solution packets at CVS or Walgreens. -wash your bedding and towels in HOT water at least once a week. Especially if you have a pet that sleeps in your bed. They track in all sorts of goodies! -use hypo-allergenic/anti-microbial mattress pads and pillows. You can buy these at any mattress store. -take frequent showers, especially after being outdoors Drug choices -See an allergist, and have allergy testing done, so you know what you are allergic too. Work with your allergist for the best combination of prescriptions for your specific allergies. -If you can afford it, or have great insurance, get the allergy shots. It is a serious commitment, but it is well worth it! I am currently taking Zyrte-D during the day, Zyrtec 12 hour at night, using Afrin nasal spray and have prescription eye drops to cut down on the itching. In addition, I do all the non-drug tricks and I have been so much happier. No headaches!! Good luck!
smart-blonde smart-blonde 10 years
My doctor gives me a steroid shot every three months. It's helped immensely; I'll sometimes be a little sniffly in the morning, but I'm usually ok about an hour into work. Also, wash your hair before you go to bed or wear it up in a ponytail while sleeping. This keeps your face from interacting with whatever yuck your hair picks up during the day. And when all else fails, there's Claritin.
chibarosa chibarosa 10 years
Ditto to what's already been posted. I wear a mask when vacuuming, dusting, and scooping the litter box, and I ask my husband to empty the dust cylinder on our Dyson when it's full. I also change the sheets on the bed once or twice a week. We change the air filter on the A/C unit every 30 days using an allergen-blocking filter. I sleep with a humidifier which helps with the dry sinuses - the drugs really dry out my skin and mucus membranes, so I have to drink tons of water, which I'd do anyway. I've thought about buying a sinus irrigator (i.e. Neti pot) but haven't yet - although Fit's posts make it sound awesome. I put unscented hand cream under my nose because all of the blowing/dripping makes my skin red and tender (that's gross, I know). I'm having the full allergy testing done on Thursday, so I can't have any allergy meds for a week prior to my appointment -- I'd give my right leg for a Claratin right about now...well, not really but I'm close. Good luck in finding something that works for you -- and thanks for the posts on allergies!
Phil Phil 10 years
I'd recommend limiting outdoor activities, keeping the windows closed at home, and taking a shower in the mid day/afternoon or at night to wash off any accumulated pollen that may be on your skin or in your hair or wherever they might be hiding. If you don't have an air purifying, get one. As far as any other remedies as an alternative to allergy meds, I've none. I'm lucky I haven't been hit with terrible allergy symptoms yet, but I reckon I'll be miserable within the next month. :(
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Claritin...right away. Also, love Burts Bees Hand Salve for my nose (the poor tender thing..esp. when I get the allergies that lead to sinus infections!).
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I used to take Claritin, but I switched to Alavert this year and I'm loving it. I usually use the 24 hour dissolve on your tongue pills, but I accidentally bought the 12 hour kind and they work just as well. You have to take it for several days to get good results, but when you're only taking it once or twice a day it's not a problem. Just throw it in with your blood pressure, birth control, vitamins, or whatever other pills you take every day.
lorioz lorioz 10 years
I use claritin and zyrtec and a nasal spray. I also try to stay inside during the worst of the season. My friend uses a mask when she goes outside. Having allergies really sucks!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Drugs - including nasal spray, allergy meds, and make sure that you have eye drops on hand. Those have saved me so many times, I can't even count. I take eye drops every morning and they immediately make my eyes feel so much better. The same with the prescription nasal spray - I'm already sneezing less and can actually breath!
Megatron Megatron 10 years
I am a late bloomer with allergies, too, Fit. Thanks for all the advice, peoples!
The-New-Black The-New-Black 10 years
rinse your nose in the morning with salt water - there's this thing you use for it but I just can't remember the name right now. it flushes out the pollen, really clears up your nose.
Sweet-Tea Sweet-Tea 10 years
Ditto what verily posted...Claritin and keeping the house clean. Another key thing is hopping in the shower and changing your clothes immediately when you get home from spending time outside--running, walking the dog, or what have you. (And if you have a dog...wiping them down with a damp rag after each walk) Especially, on those heavy pollen days--it sticks to your clothing and hair and of course, all over the house (pollen caught in your hair gets on the pillowcases, etc.)...making matters worse. It's a pain and somewhat time consuming...but it seriously helps me get through the spring with less misery. If you have indoor dust mite allergies, wear a mask/something over your mouth and nose when you do the dusting and the vacuuming--unfortunately the process of cleaning tends to stir them up into the air making it easier to inhale them regardless of whether you have a hepa-filter or not.
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 10 years
I take OTC Claritin D for my allergies and that helps. I also try to never open windows in my house in the summer. I make sure to shower before bed to wash off all of the pollen from my body so I can sleep more comfortably. A lot of my allergy discomfort is aggravated by dry sinuses so I sleep with a humidifier and use a saline nasal spray. Vacuuming frequently is a good suggestion too!
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verily verily 10 years
Drugs. I tried coping with my allergies at first this year, but I was miserable pretty much all day every day. Fatigued, sore throat, dry itchy eyes, stuffed nose... I'm a lot better now on Zyrtec. As for home remedies...just vacuum your house often, change your bedding often, and dust.
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