Tis the season for allergies

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Over the weekend I began getting a slight tickle in the back of my throat and started getting the slightest bit of congestion in my sinuses. Knowing these symptoms all too well, I knew allergy season was about to rear its ugly head. By Monday the symptoms grew to include some nasty post nasal drip. It was as if a faucet was cranked open and allowed to run free.

The post nasal drip started on Sunday and caused me to have lots of trouble sleeping. As a result, I called out of work on Monday and made an appointment to see my doctor. After seeing my doctor, I was told to take some over the counter Claritin and I would be fine.

Tuesday morning rolled around and I felt even worse. The over the counter Claritin didn’t do a thing to help and I felt miserable. I called the doctors office to try and find out what else may work and I was informed that “Claritin doesn’t work for most people, you should try Claritin D”. With frustration I went back to the pharmacy and picked up another box of medication to try and curb my allergies.

Just as I suspected, the “D” made no difference. With the addition of congestion, cough, runny nose, and a worsened post nasal drip, I suppose I’ll need to make an appointment to see the doctor once again to explain to him that the suggestion on medication he made, doesn’t seem to be helping. If I’m lucky the new symptoms will help him select a new medication to take care of my allergies so that I can get out of bed and get back to enjoying life.

It seems that 1 in 5 people suffer from
seasonal allergies, are you one of them?
What do you take to curb your symptoms?

5 comments On Tis the season for allergies

  • I don’t suffer from allergies but my wife does, big time. She takes Claritin D but the one thing she does use that really helps is something called a Neti Pot. Looks like a little tea pot..fill it with warm water, add some salt and shake it up. Poor it into one nostril and it’ll fill up your sinuses and eventually come out the other nostril. Once the neti pot is half empty, switch to the other nostril. You’d be amazed at all the “stuff” that comes out. I’ve used it and it takes awhile to get used to the sensation but it works great. Most drug stores carry the neti pot along with little packets of pre measure salt.

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  • I suffer bigtime! I take Loratadine 10mg pills (Claritin without the huge markup for the name! I get them in the walmart brand – Member’s Mark – either at wally world or sams club). It says to take 1 per 24 hour period, but I always wanted to ask my doc if I could take 2 per day since the effects seem to wear off to quickly for me.

    I have noticed different tastes when smoking cigars also when I am allergy prone! Guess that is what the cheap Perdomo Fresco are for 😉

    Mike

  • Ugh, I share your misery. This season has been one of the worst I can recall for my allergies. Some days I just have that awful have-to-sneeze feeling (with watering eyes, scratchy throat, etc.) the Whole Day. Others have just been typical nasal allergy days, but pretty strong. Right now I’m just taking dye-free benadryl pills, but I have to ake 2 to get any effect on the have-to-sneeze days and that just knocks me out. I’ve tried loratidine (generic claritin), zyrtec, allegra, and chlorpheniramine maleate (chlortrimeton)… allegra was the least effective for me; zyrtec did have an effect but I didn’t like the side effects – feeling very dried-out and stuffy – at all.

  • ara133photography,
    On the recommendation of a site regular, I went and tried to purchase a Neti Pot from a local pharmacy. They didn’t have such a thing but did have a couple of sinus rinse kits in stock.

    I use the product roughly once a week (will need to use more when its time to start mowing the lawn) but I have been very happy with the results.

    It is a little strange at first, but I got used to it quickly.

    Here is my post on the Sinus Rinse Kit.

    Ever since I started using the product, I haven’t had allergies bad enough to warrant picking up a prescription or use over the counter medication. The allergies aren’t completely gone, but they are very mild compared to what they were.

    -Walt

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