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fast question before my wife dies of all the allergies

August 5th, 2011 (06:05 pm)

Okay, say you were a person with the worst outdoor allergies in the world, and you were having to spend the weekend in a place that is basically made out of mold. What would you do to make this survivable? Can/should/would you combine Allegra-D with Claritin, Zyrtec, etc.? Do you have any homeopathic voodoo recipes to share?


Posted by: law_nerd (law_nerd)
Posted at: August 5th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)

Have pretty severe allergies (as in have been hospitalized for 'em if they get out of control). Never had bad effects from combining over the counter anti-histamines -- but that's a YMMV. The only other remedy I've found that works is medical acupuncture (which may not be easy to find unless you know folk who know folk ... a lot of people practice variations on trad. acupuncture, some of which are, quite frankly, scary and dangerous. Others fine. Others damned effective. Getting local referrals is *important*).

Posted by: Brandoch Daha (ticktockman)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)

Doubling up the antihistamines will help a bit, but it will also double the sedative effect, and she just might sleep through the weekend.

Try frequent use of a saline nasal spray (such as Ayr or Ocean) to rinse out any allergens that are clinging to the interior tissues. That will at least reduce the total exposure.


Posted by: Heidi (sioneva)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)

Yes re: saline and, also, a friend of mine swears by wearing one of those face masks when her allergies get bad. Mine have never been bad enough to try it.

Posted by: Morgan (banshea)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)

Read the packages. I'm not as familiar with antihistamines as I am with pain medications, so I don't know which ones might be the same thing but with different names (or blends, like how Excedrin is really just aspirin, Tylenol, and caffeine), but as a rule, as long as they don't have the same active ingredients, you're fine to mix them together.

One of my allergy-prone friends swears by her neti pot, which she uses to pour salt water through her nose and thus flush out her sinuses. Apparently this works really, really well to get rid of any accumulation of irritants in the nasal passages. I am also given to understand that it's one of the weirdest sensations in the world.

Posted by: Rebecca (theniwokesoftly)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)

Last allergic reaction I had (rash on my chest/neck from mold), I took two Zyrtec and it made me so sleepy and antihistamines don't usually affect me much since I'm an insomniac. So a normal person would be conked out. If she's ok with that.

Posted by: justsurvive (justsurvive)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)

take benedryl at night. it will help her sleep too, and do the allegra/etc in the morning.
i swear by local raw honey for my allergies, but that helps with pollen, not mold.
and then use what she has the most issues with, a neti pot is amazing. seriously, have her use it twice a day.its amazing.
afrin, for nose if runny is her issues. and i use a gel eyedrop to make it work the best. and take mucinex for nasal stuffed up-ness.

this year ive had to do all of the above and i still ended up on prednisone.
i hope it works better for her.

Posted by: Kizzy (xo_kizzy_xo)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 09:24 am (UTC)

Sleepiness is going to be a drawback if she doubles up on the antihistamines. I take Allegra every single morning, 365 days a year, and even though it's labeled non-drowsy, guess what? If you take double a dose, you fall asleep!

Thirding/fourthing the neti pot/saline. I've done both. I also have a permanent Flonase scrip.

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