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3/11/14 3:13 A

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I have to double up and sometimes triple depending on how bad the pollen season strikes. I take Zyrtec when I get home from work (usually around 7am) and Allegra before I go to work (around 7pm). If things get bad enough where hives are involved, I will take Benedryl before bed-time around 10am. I have allergy eye drops for the days the wind is blowing yellow clouds from the trees. I also carry a lot of tissue packs!

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I have horrid allergies, including an allergy to cats (of which I have four, much to my doctor's dismay). The sleepiness caused by Zyrtec should disappear as your body gets used to it. There's also Claritin, which doesn't cause drowsiness. Flonase, a nasal spray, helps, too, but you need a prescription for it.

What the labels on Zyrtec and Claritin don't say but what I've had multiple doctors tell me to do is to double up, especially when pollen levels are high. One Claritin (or Zyrtec) in the AM, another in the PM.

I've tried Allegra but I had really strange dreams while on it, which is one of the noted side effects. My doctor took me off.

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As the spring allergies have kicked in and my two dogs bring the pollen inside with them, Allegra is working well for me. I'm so glad It is over the counter now. Zertec works for me, but I feel sleepy all day.

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What about the yeast causing the reaction? You might want to consider using a different rising element. And, yes age be a factor. I have over the years developed so many triggers that I can't use the gym and a walk requires me carrying an inhaler. Even then, I worry about making it home to do a breathing treatment.

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I use zyrtec and Flonase year round.. its not perfect but keeps it manageable

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I notice that you mentioned vitamins, what does that have to do with allergies? I have really bad allergies and asthma. I take vitamins every day and I am wondering if this is aggravating it.Thanks

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I use desloratadine, flixonase and seratide

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When you first began using the Flonase did you have headaches and nose-bleeds? I tried it, but the side effects were worse than the symptoms I was trying to treat.

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I only had allergy testing done last year (Jan. 2013). I have been on breathing treatments daily, along with Claritin, Singulair, Zyrtec, Benadryl (all generic) ever since. I have also had 2 allergy shots every week since last January.
I am able now able to smell my roses, and sit through church services; but smoke and heavy perfumes/lotions still trigger. I am still not able to eat certain foods: FRUIT of any kind, tomato based sauces, tea, cinnamon, or take any vitamins at all. I am, however, able to touch some fruit and not look like I have been scalded. YAY!


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I was on Claritin and Nasonex for the last 10 years with good success. My insurance recently didn't cover my Nasonex so I am trying a homeopathic remedy call Sinus Buster. It amounts to putting pepper spray up your nose! I don't know if it will replace my Nasonex effectively yet. Has anyone else tried Sinus Buster?

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I use Alleclear, the Costco generic for Claritin.

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Flonase, Singulair, Zyrtec (as needed during pollen times). emoticon

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I just tried avoiding wheat a few weeks ago and WOW! Towards the end of last year I was getting more and more short of breath. No obvious allergic stuff, just weaker and weaker, so that some days I could barely walk across the room without getting out of breath. My walking suffered, had been walking a mile or two (sometimes 3 or 4) every day up till then. By first week in December I couldn't walk at all without extreme discomfort.

So I experimented: cut the wheat (bread, pasta, starch, modified food starch, etc.). Since I mostly eat fresh unprocessed foods and make my own breads, this wasn't too difficult. Well, within 3 days I was a different person! Three days!

I am now back to walking all over our hills and beaches again--as long as I don't eat my lovely homemade breads, alas. This morning I'm feeling achy and tight in my chest because I tried some nice rye bread for dinner last night. Panera stone ground rye must have about 1/2 wheat flour! Haven't walked, yet today, but I bet that will cause some shortness of breath.

Also discovered that the corn meal I use for making cornbread (no wheat flour in the recipe) causes problems, too. Interesting, because hominy and tamale masa do not cause a reaction. Different types of corn? Different processing?

Anyway, I didn't know I was allergic to anything but molds and penicillin. Guess aging??

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I use Zyrtec for seasonal allergies and avoid foods that I am allergic to. I have some skin allergies and use prescribed cream on the problem areas. I tried allergies shot, they reduced my allergy symptoms but they did not go away. Everyone in my family on my father's side has allergies and it is something that I have learned to live with.

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Generic Zyrtec year round and Flonase Feb to June.

I was born with allergies. I am severely allergic to every grass and weed on the planet. I did allergy shots for years which helped lessen the severity of the hours long sneezing fits I used to have during grass/weed season. I also have a physical allergic reaction to soy and it's in everything.



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I also take Singular for my Asthma. Usually take it at night. Am on Dulera inhaler to maintain my symptoms and because one of my lungs is smaller than the other, I am on Spiriva; which is being used to open up my bronchial tubes so my air intake is higher now. I've never been a smoker, but was around my husband for 22 years and so I received 2nd hand smoke often. He passed away over 10 years ago and so I do my best to keep away from second hand smoke.

Found out that my dog has allergies and it has been a battle finding something to stop her from itching. She doesn't have fleas and has been checked a few times for that before the doctor prescribed medicine for her. Anyway, I am learning more about my allergies and the dogs so both of us can be healthier this year!

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Allegra non drowsey

But like all the rest it eventually starts making me drowsey and sleepy all the time. Anyone else have this problem? They used to have an allergy tablet many, many years ago called Pro Tuss tablets that worked really well. But they took them off the market. I so wish they would bring them back.

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Tyra, emoticon that you found the trigger for your allergy!! I love oatmeal too but there are lots of other foods out there. emoticon So happy for you!1
Had my cortisone shot and the itching, redness, and soreness are already fading so i feel so much happier.Just wish i knew what my trigger is. I also started up the air purifier nest to my bed. I thought it wasn't working well but it is working fine so that is another plus against the dust mites.
Enjoy your day and freedom from allergic reactions!! Georgine

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Just need to get this out. I found that I am allergic to OATS!! So sad but true. Since I cut oats out of my diet my allergies have been minimal to none. So amazing at how a little body internal cleaning makes a HUGE difference.

I did this by only eating fruit and Veggies, Beans, Nuts, and Quinoa... My allergies were almost gone... then... I ate a bowl of oatmal... I was sneezing and coughing and runny nose. Everyone knows me as for having a tissue in my hand or a pocket full. I stopped eating the oats and things are soooo much better.

Fasting from things I usually eat was the perfect medicine for me.

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i have been to skin doctors all my life, Icky tar salves, shampoos and bath stuff--ugh! I finally had allergy shots for a long time until the allergist took me off and old me my allergies to dogs was almost gone and as i got older they would all get better. And here I am going to be 73 and I have never had such bad reactions as i have been getting. I know i was/am allergic to dust mites. The cortisone is the only thing that helps, I do use Afrin at nite, that is the only time i am plugged up, during the day it drips and drives me crazy! We will see what my doctor has to say Friday morning. It sure can make a person miserable trying to be comfortable. Hope you will be feeling better soon, Georgine emoticon

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So agree with you. Was sick after being exposed to mold and took 2 years before I found my way to a holistic allergist. He explained it as a Rain Barrel effect. Seasonal allergies, food allergies, stress - all fill up the barrel until it overflows/body reacts significantly. The goal is to reduce what is in the barrel so the body does not react. I had seasonal and food allergy testing and then did a restricted diet. Initially Dehist and later seasonal and food allergy shots that did not work well. Food Allergy Drops made a significant difference; delaying symptom onset, reducing symptom intensity and duration. As I tried to add foods back into my diet one by one, it was clear how each effected my body. Leaky gut, Candida were identified as contributing factors so addressed those issues. Now am focused on stress reduction. Still limited food choices and have to focus on variety in my diet, but have no brain fog, more energy and no congestion. If I eat off diet too frequently, my ears itch and then fill with fluid and become very very painful. My allergist suggested afrin specifically to help get the eustachian tube open.. what a difference. Really appreciate everyone sharing their experiences.. I am off to find some local honey!
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Skin allergies have been so bad i have been taking cortisone shots every 3 months, miserable when the shot wears off, take one pill for itching--attarax (sp?) Severe cold weather for weeks , dry conditions--ugh! emoticon

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I fall under the Zyrtec supporters as well. However, it can be expensive. I have a Costco membership and they have a generic Zyrtec that works just as well for me. At first it made me drowsy but I use it regularly and now it really helps day-to-day because I have year-round allergies. Hope you found something that works for you!

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Allergy shots every two weeks and Zyrtec twice a day emoticon

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I take several different meds over the counter. I try everything, but sometimes nothing seem to work...

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Claritin OTC seems to work best for me whether it's name brand or generic. I take it all year round because I live in Florida and the weather here can wreck havoc on my allergies!!!

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I take ALJ supplement by Nature's Sunshine and Seasonal Defense supplement. They work like a charm for me. I have gone through the skin testing to find out I had multiple allergies years ago and did the shots, oral meds and inhalers...still had some symptoms. One day I was not home with my little bag of drugs and stopped in a natural health store and they said take 2 of this supplement every 15 minutes until the symptoms subsided (of course I thought that many pills that often was crazy but tried it anyway). Well, 2.5 hrs later..voila! no symptoms! That made a believer of me and that is what I do now. I share with other Allergy sufferers whenever I can and they have had the same results, symptoms disappear in a few hours. It is simply because the herbs in the supplement support the system.
I do not have just one season allergy, it is year round. Also I am gluten intolerant which after identifying that has gotten rid of brain fog, headaches and aches when I am diligent about not getting glutened.

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Lately I have been using the CVS non-drowsy allergy medicine that is like Claritin. It is a 24 hour one. It is working so far. At least it makes me not so miserable. My nose is still stuffy and sometimes it feels like it doesn't work. I don't know. I can't really afford to go to the doctor or get a prescription medication.

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Hi Everyone! I'm new to the team. :)

Currently I don't take any prescriptions, but when I did the one that worked best for me was Flonase, or the generic Flixonase. I do occasionally take Advil Decongestants, though. My allergies used to be really terrible, like having 9 months of the flu. The one thing that actually worked best for me was cutting dairy out of my diet. Doing that let me get off prescription meds and massively decreased the number of days I suffered with allergies.

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Yep, Zyrtec. emoticon

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not on any medicine. I wear a mask outside on windy days and keep a food journal of the foods that really affect me.

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My Oncologist put me on Zyrtec today. Hope it helps! I've read your discussions and it sounds like I may get relief. I'm itching my skin like crazy. Also changing my detergent. No perfumes for me! emoticon



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I use zyrtec for outdoor and seasonal allergies (in order not to fall asleep). But at night or for the rare food reaction (persimmons) I use benadryl. I find that avoiding my allergens helps. But I've heard that eating local honey can help with seasonal allergies.

The best advice I can give is, depending on how severe your allergies are, is to experiment with the different remedies out there. Also, talk with your doctor about allergy shots if that is an option.

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I have Allergy and Exercise Asthma.. I am currently on Singular and Zyrtec.. Seems to be working for my Allergies but my asthma needs something more. I am taking my rescue inhaler too much still. Back to the Doctors to see what we can do about that..

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I had slight symptom at this stage in life. But when I was much younger I struggled severely. Getting away from dairy has made a profound impact on my sinus problem.

If I am getting the least bit constipated, I have reaction in my respiratory system.


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Anyone else with oral allergy syndrome?

Hello from a returning Sparker in Phoenix, AZ. I'm in my mid 40's and live with lifelong asthma and allergies. When I hit 40, I decided to get a new baseline from an allergy specialist - what a tremendous decision! I knew I was highly allergic but it gave me validation and information, and getting back on allergy shots was truly a life-changer.

For most of my childhood and adulthood I couldn't eat FRESH fruits and veggies without really painful or irritating symptoms. I did get myself to the point that leafy greens, lettuces, etc. wouldn't bother me too much, but otherwise anything had to be cooked or processed somehow before I could tolerate it. What a drag!

In my allergist intake when I described this my doc said "okay so you have Oral Allergy Syndrome" and I had never heard of it. (in easy lay terms, fresh fruit/veg have similar composition to other hay fever-type triggers, so for the few of us with OAS our bodies are "tricked" - so it's not a "true allergy", but the symptoms are). Even just having a name was astonishing, and better than my previous sense that I was just allergic to everything.

The best part? After stabilizing on regular allergy shots I can now eat fresh produce! What an amazing treat.

As if that wasn't enough, for a long while I was healthy overall but could never shake sinus infections. Through a very detailed process my allergist helped me find out that I also have an immune deficiency, with I now treat within-home and self-administered immunoglobulin (IVIG). Luckily my story is probably fairly unique, but my point is that seeing a specialist was what allowed me to understand and proceed.

So I may have to be on IVIG, Xolair (shout out if you get that med too - more shots, huh? But what powerful help!), asthma meds and OTC allergy stuff as well...BUT I am so much healthier. And I can eat a fruit salad! emoticon

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I use a 1/2 teaspoon of honey daily in oatmeal or tea first thing in the morning. This really works for local pollens and plan based allergies. I used to have severe asthma attacks frequently. Since I started the regimen of local honey, I have had 5 minor episodes in 6 years.

When my allergies are bad I take a Sudafed and a Claritin. I keep an inhaler handy just in case.

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I am currently not using any allergy medicine... I am going cold turkey off of them.. I was using Allegra till I had a miscarriage and was told Allegra was the cause of it. Then I was switched to Claritin, It worked ok...but became to pricy for my budget. Tried the OTC generic brands...then moved to a dryer climate and started having nose bleeds. so now I am off all meds... I heard that if you drink beverages sweetened with the local honey... and consume local honey on your crackers and toast .. it can help you adjust to the pollens in the area and turn down or off your allergies...so that is what I am doing right now...It seems to be working.

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Better. Woke up stone deaf in one ear, a few days ago. Too much fluid in the tubes. Clariton and Sudefed finally did the trick.
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generic Zyrtec is my lifesaver.

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