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need allergy help!!

Okay, I am miserable! I need help, please. For some reason, my allergies (sneezing, sniffling, stuffy AND runny nose, eyes watering badly, exhausted, out-of-it, etc) are completely AWFUL today. Miserable. I took generic claritin this morning, as usual, took 2 quercetin and bromelain pills, took extra vitamin C, and then finally gave up and took a benadryl. After sleeping for 4 hours, I woke up still miserable. Please, does anyone know any natural ways to help ease allergies fast?

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aislinggheal
May. 19th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Have you tried taking a shower and/or having some hot tea with honey? Those both help me when I am in allergy hell.

I get those bad attacks that nothing seems to help too, now and then. I hope yours clears up soon!
reeast
May. 19th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
yeah i get these attacks every now and then too and literally NOTHING helps. it's really frustrating and confusing :( thanks for the helpful suggestions! i think i'm going to go try taking a shot of organic apple cider vinegar and then trying a shower and some tea. maybe i'll use my neti pot too?
artemisiaabsin
May. 19th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
You wouldn't happen to live in Michigan, do you?
Cuz you just described exactly what I'm going through right now.
reeast
May. 19th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
nope, louisiana. but i'm sorry you're dealing with it too! :(
artemisiaabsin
May. 19th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
:-\

Yep. It sucks.

stupid weather....LOL
grace_om
May. 19th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
I think using a neti pot can help. That is, I think it's helping me, but it's not enough on it's own. I still have to take a generic, OTC "sinus and allergy" combo.
arianhodskins
May. 19th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Since I've started taking garlic and citrus bioflavonoid every day, twice a day, my sinus allergies are way better. I can still tell when pollen counts are up, but it's a little sniffling instead of being wiped out.
supress_my_soul
May. 19th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
I used to take Claritin, but I've been taking Zyrtec lately and I've found that it works much better.

My allergies have been HORRIBLE this year though, even with a cup of tea and hot cereal or oatmeal every morning. I need to get more into the habit of using my neti pot though, because it really does work wonders.
fireincarnation
May. 19th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Pe Min Kan Wan is an asian herbal allergy pill. You want the green bottle for hayfever-type allergies. You take 3 pills twice a day for two weeks. This should last most of the allergy season. Repeat as needed.
cmarie14
May. 19th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
I've used stinging nettles (in tea) with great results. I've been the same way, and I actually don't have to take Claritin if I drink the tea every 5 hours or so. (For the record, I'm drinking Mother-to-be by Yogi Tea, but anything with nettles would help, I think.)
mighty_gratira
May. 19th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
I also support the use of a neti pot (or some other form of a saline sinus wash). I've found it really helps with sinus headaches, sneezing, and even blocked ears.

I often go with stimulants such as coffee or tea in the morning to help get me going when I'm feeling tried out. Any hot liquid is useful though.

Also, I don't know if you've been doing yard work/cleaning/etc., but whenever I'm doing activities that could kick up a lot of dust or pollen, I use a dust mask. The benefits outweigh the one drawback of looking really funny for a few hours.

Good luck, and I hope some of the suggestions here help you find some relief.
yesididit
May. 20th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
claritin takes a few hours before it kicks in. they talk about it in the zyrtec commercials saying you get '2 hours of your life back' by taking zyrtec instead of claritin. an allergy tablet thats fairly fast acting is chlorpheniramine. its the main ingredient in chlor-trimiton, but is also available as plain generic chlorpheniramine 4mg tablets. but its old school antihistamine. works great, but will make you tired. i find its not as tiring as benadryl, but its not non-drowsy. its far easier to treat allergies ahead of time then after they've already hit you, sorry.

right now tree pollen is the biggest pollen in the air, so if you know what you're allergic to you can subscribe to pollen.com's free email pollen counts which tell you the level and what the 3 biggest pollens are currently in your area.
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