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Allergies

Discussion in 'Health' started by tarheelfan_08, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Oct 12, 2009 at 6:06 PM
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    tarheelfan_08

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    My allergies have been killing me as of late! In a month I have had 2 sinus infections, swine flu, and a lot of allergy days! Has anybody else got bad allergies?? And if you do then how do you deal with it?? I need help bad!!!
     
  2. Oct 12, 2009 at 6:07 PM
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  3. Oct 12, 2009 at 6:09 PM
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    Not possible for me!
     
  4. Oct 12, 2009 at 6:11 PM
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    not really, but in the past 2 months i found out im allergic to pork, beef, and dairy
     
  5. Oct 12, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    Flonase helps my allergies a great deal, but it won't touch a sinus infection. When your sick, the sprays won't help at all. Allergies suck too. I've tried a humidifier and it seems to help some. Moisture in the air is good for your sinuses. Hope you feel better soon. :)
     
  6. Oct 12, 2009 at 6:22 PM
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    Thanks!
     
  7. Oct 12, 2009 at 6:24 PM
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    Benadryl works for me
     
  8. Oct 13, 2009 at 2:12 AM
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    Lifetime of allergies here. Nasonex works really well after a few days. Clariton also seems to do well. Benedryl makes me really freakin sleepy. I am also on a cool shot xolair for asthma which has been amazing in treating my allergies to.
     
  9. Oct 13, 2009 at 2:43 AM
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    The most effective monotherapy are intranasal corticosteroids. Try Flonase first as it is generic and would be the most cost effective. It takes 3-7 days to get full benefits and requires daily use. Also, get started on a daily 2nd generation antihistamine (zyrtec, allegra, claritin, clarinex, etc). Stay away from Benadryl as it causes a lot of undesirable side effects (sedation, dry mouth, urinary retention, constipation, etc).
     
  10. Oct 13, 2009 at 7:04 AM
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    What type of allergies do you have?

    What I mean is....sinus drainage versus sniffing/running nose, etc? Seasonal?

    My allergies are more sinus drainage related and I rarely ever have runny nose, sneezing or watery eyes and definately not seasonal. In fact, if I ever do actually sneeze - I know I'm coming down with a cold. I also have a hint of asthma when I'm exposed to certain things (cats). I have sinus drainage in the back of my throat mostly that causes me to snort, clear my throat, and snore at night.

    I had allergy shots for 5 years as a kid.

    So with all that being said.... my own personal relief are decongestants.
    For years I took Clariton D until insurance stopped paying for it. Then I took Allegra D for like 14 years. I've tried Flonase - didn't do much for me. I've tried Nasonex and it bothered my throat after a while. I'm currently not taking anything. After 14 years of taking Allegra D, I needed to give my body a break. Aside from that - decongestants can make you 'wired up' and rotating shifts like I do, I had a hard time falling asleep & staying asleep. We got rid of our age old water bed and I think half my snoring problem was because of that water bed! I'm doing well without anything right now.

    For you - you just have to try different things and see what works best for your allergy symptoms.
     
  11. Oct 13, 2009 at 7:25 AM
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    I've had allergies for years. In fact hardly any over the counter stuff works for me anymore. I'll tell you what works great though, which are these little what they call naso-pots. They look like little tea kettles and you fill it with warm salt water, lean over the sink and pour the warm water through one nostril and it comes out the other. So it cleans out your sinuses. My Dad was the first to try it. First time I did it it was kind of freaky. But man it works great. You wouldn't believe all the shit that will come out of your nose. I do it a couple times a week.
     
  12. Oct 13, 2009 at 7:26 AM
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    I take a Allegra d everyday, And on bad days i have two nasal inhaler things.
     
  13. Oct 13, 2009 at 8:07 AM
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    Yeah, my husband uses it once in a while.
    http://www.neilmed.com/usa/index.php

    I hate nasal sprays to begin with and I just can't force myself to try that thing. He keeps trying to convince me to use it.
     
  14. Oct 13, 2009 at 8:16 AM
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    If you have server allergies (which it sounds like you do) I would highly recommend going to an allergist. Sometimes they are also called an immunologist. These are very highly trained doctors that can get to the route of your cause and prescribe you the medicines that are needed to correct your allergic reaction or immunodeficiencies.
     
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    I just found out I'm allergic to dog dander. And I have two dogs. My allergy specialist made a concocsion that I drop under my tongue in the am and pm. Seems to be working so far.

    As far as sinus, I highly recommend a good humidifier. I run two in the house during the winter.
     
  16. Oct 13, 2009 at 9:53 AM
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    Be glad they haven't told you to 'get rid of the dogs'.

    I've had cats all my life and my husband and I got two kittens when we moved in together. After 3 weeks, I developed asthma badly & couldn't breathe. My poor kitties had to go.... :(
    Luckily, my parents came to the rescue. I can't have any cats and I won't even attempt to have a dog and go through the same scenario.
     
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    You mention cats... my son is supposedly allergic to cats... But we have had some that have slept on his pillow with not a problem, no reactions at all. Then others, all he has to do is touch the cat, and then touch his face and whammo - his face swells up and he gets the sniffles, sneezes, etc.
     
  18. Oct 14, 2009 at 2:49 AM
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    holy crap sounds like me, minus the swine flu, had a cold every month since like june, sinus infections always after my cold, and typical allergies, right now im on nasonex, seems to be decent. haha im allergic to my own room :eek:
     
  19. Oct 14, 2009 at 7:33 AM
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    I can see that happening. Did your son have exposure previously to some of them? (built up an ammunity?)

    At the time - my parents had 4 cats. Two of their own and the two that they adopted. When visiting my parents - I had more reactions to their 2 cats than I did with mine. Generally, my reactions weren't immediate. The worst reactions would come after staying longer than 2 days. I limit my visits to a couple days, even now.....
     
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    We adopted the ones that slept with him and he never had issues with them. Even from the time we brought them home, they didn't bother him. The ones that bothered him, we'd usually only see once or twice. Weird is all I can say...
     
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