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Posted by Mary on March 07, 2000 at 10:20:11:

In Reply to: Need Some Advice - This is my first posting on this board. posted by Gayle on March 06, 2000 at 13:45:28:

: Hi all...

: I am a 36 year old female...and up until 5 years ago I never had any symptoms of allergies. In fact I used to be a heavy smoker but quit two years ago. I have been suffering from a SEVERE stuffed up nose for about 5 years now...my Doctor said it was because I moved from Lake Superior region (quite cold there, not much grows such as pollen,etc.) to the breadbasket of America area...North Dakota. Anyway, she prescribed Clariton D which worked wonders for about 9 months. Then she switched me to plain Clariton...that worked ok for a few months...but now neither works at all. I am stuffed up about 90% of the time...people tease me because I talk funny...like I am plugging my nose. I LIVE on Benydryl...I take about 3-4 Benydryl tabs every 3-4 hours round the clock. (I wake up at night and feel like I'm choking...so I take more Benydryl). The Benydryl does help a little bit...but only lasts 1-2 hours at best. My doctor has basically told me that I have to live with this...does not feel that I am allergic to anything in particular. But she has never done any tests on me. My husband wants me to go to an allergist, but I am a bit apprehensive, especially after reading scarey postings about shots, etc. If anyone can give me some advice I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

Take your husbands advice and see an allergist. You may not need shots at all. There are plenty of things they can try once they find out what you are actually allergic to. Shots are also not all bad as my husband has lots of family members that have used the allergy shots as well as himself for a while with very good results. Either way see the allergist and at least get tested. Good Luck

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