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Old 07-10-2012, 11:55 AM   #1
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grass allergy

I live in the east coast and the allergy season with grass is very high right now. I should have known. I am feeling so awful I was wondering if I had a real illness. Good thing I checked the allergy count for my area. My cheeks hurt, my eyes feel like there is sand in them. My head just feels weird. Glad I know what it is. I have been taking sudafed every 4 hours, but it's not doing the job.

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Re: grass allergy

Have you been tested for allergies? I have the usual tree allergies, but grass and weeds are the worst and grass season seems to last the longest as well. Sudafed never works for me during grass season, what seems to help is the Neti teapot, I use Benedryl because I am often sneezing, have watery itchy eyes and I start itching if grass even touches me. I am vacuuming and dusting the house often, washing all bedding, clothing, etc, use the air conditioner rather than open windows and I take a shower as soon as i come in from being outside doing yardwork or whatever.

Since your cheeks hurt, you might want to call your doctor to see if you have a sinus infection that might need treatment. Hope you feel better soon.

 
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Re: grass allergy

Zyrtec or claritin. Sudafed is not an antihistamine. It is a decongestant.

 
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Re: grass allergy

Thanks for the info. I have tried all those things, benadryl I can only take at night, it knocks me out. I am on an antibiotic already for a sinusy thing since last Thursday. I have been to an allergist and am allergic to many tress, grass, mold, etc. Even some foods now as well. I know it will pass, but it's just hard to motivate and work when you feel so awful.

Hope you feel better too!

 
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Re: grass allergy

You know that benedryl is the "PM" in Tylenol PM, right? So it's no wonder that it knocks you out. Zyrtec or claritin or allegra should not. Try one of them.

 
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Re: grass allergy

Might be time to consider allergy shots. They won't make a difference this year, but next allergy season could be a lot easier.

The thing about the non-drowsy antihistamines is that they don't work immediately, and they work best if you start taking them a couple weeks before symptoms start.

 
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Re: grass allergy

It seems that I keep sinking tons of money into the various meds and none really work. The antihistamines do a little bit, but I take the sudafed because the congestion gets so bad. I guess the shots may be the next thing.

Thanks for all the help.

 
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Re: grass allergy

If you are in the middle of an allergy attack, one claritin or zyrtec isn't going to do a lot. When this happens to me, I take one AM and one PM (zyrtec) until I "catch"up with the allergy and for 1 day beyond. Then I go back to 1 per day. My pharmacist and my doctor both have approved this. You might give it a try - after asking your pharmacist.0

 
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