I am in my mid 40s, have never had any allergies to anything growing up. Been with dogs now for 7 years (the same two-one sheds and one doesn't). Been in my house for 6 years.
But the last few weeks, my allergies have been terrible-the worse in my life. I've gone two weeks straight with blocked nose, runny nose, and sneezing. I have only one room with carpeting in my house and I vacuum all the time. I have two purifiers going. Nothing works.
I am constantly pumping my nose with Afrin, otherwise, I can't smell, breath, enjoy a meal, or talking without sounding like Pee Wee Herman. I work in sales so I need to talk, but not like that.
I have scheduled to see an allergy/asthma specialist on Monday. I've gone a full week w/o any antihistamine as instructed. That leaves me being miserable all day/night and my Afrin to keep me breathing, but that is also not working, plus it's not good for my nose.
Any suggestions on what "Natural" things I can do until the dr visit next week? They plan doing a skin test. I'm dying to know what it could be. I cross my fingers it ain't my dogs.
If it started suddenly, it's probably not your dogs, it's probably a plant that just started blooming. You might also have some allergy to dogs or dust, but I bet grass or another summer allergen is the main problem right now, which means the most important thing is to keep the windows closed and the air conditioner going in the bedroom.
The problem with Afrin is that it causes rebound congestion, that is, you get addicted and need it to breathe through your nose even if you aren't having allergies.
For now, try getting a bottle of nasal saline and rinsing a couple times a day. It should help at least a little. You can probably take Sudafed. No other pills, as they are antihistamines, but plain pseudoephedrine is NOT an antihistamine. Also, wash your bedsheets in hot water. It removes allergens.
I'm looking for anything that works including herbs or or anything natural. Im tired of taking medicine. Its not good and its expensive. Anyone know of any ancient Chinese secrets? I told you im desperate. Monday cant come quick enough.
Get off the Afrin. It is highly addictive and is causing your nasal issues more than the allergies are. There is tons of literature out there about this rebound effect. A saline spray or rinse is about as "au natural" are you can get. Try it. You'll want to grab the Afrin anyway but fight the urge. You'll be better off without it. If you are willing to try a medicine alternative, Nasalcrom was invented to get people off Afrin.
And there really isn't any natural remedy for allergies other than avoidance. And depending on what all you are allergic to, that may mean living in a bubble.
I think I might have an insight on the cause of my allergies as of today. All night last night I was stuffed up going to sleep. Had to breath through my mouth all night. Did a netty pot before I went to bed, but it didn't work. Water wouldn't even go through the nostril. It was 100% blocked.
Woke up 630 to go golfing. Drove 45 minutes to the course holding a small jar of Vapor Rub under my nose, which didn't seem to help. Got the course at 8am and play golf for 4.5 hours. Congestion cleared up and was breathing normal again.
Went to my friends house to have few beers til 2pm and again, was breathing great. No blockage. Being outside helped so much.
Then got in my car and drove home. It was 94 and super humid so I had the AC in my small car cranked. Within 25 minutes, I was blocked up again.
I'm thinking it HAS to be spores inside my car vents. It had to be. Once I was in the car for less than half an hour and my right nostril was 100% blocked.
That evening, I sprayed Lysol into the vents and ran it on high recirculating the air.
I hope that did it. But I have an allergy appt on Monday and I hope they can confirm it and am glad it isn't my dogs.
If you really want to get cleaner air in your car, open the hood and change the filters. But it's not necessarily dirty vents, sometimes a sudden change in temperature or humidity (such as going into air conditioning) can irritate the sinuses. Either way, I hope you get a straight answer soon!
Similar to you out of the blue I have been suffering from allergies with fatigue and constant sneezing. Same dog, same house, nothing new, and no new foods. Very low allergens in my area for the past few weeks and since these symptoms first appeared.
You could try Quercetin. It works for some.
As other say, stop the Afrin and other medicated nasal sprays.
You can make your own saline nasal spray. To a quart bottle that will handle boiling water add one teaspoon salt and one teaspoon of baking soda. Add one quart of boiling water. ALLOW TO COOL COMPLETELY. Put in spray dispenser and use as you want.
You may have to buy your first spray bottle. Wmart has Ayr nasal saline spray for about $3. You can take the top off and reuse with your homemade saline solution.
To open stuffed nasal passages you can add ONE DROP of peppermint oil to the Ayr spray botttle which is 1.69 oz. DO NOT ADD MORE THAN ONE DROP WITHOUT TRYING IT FIRST.
BTW, boiling the water will remove chlorine but if your water is questionable I suggest using distilled water available at Wmart for less than a dollar for one gallon.
Keep moving, it makes it harder for the undertaker to catch you. Don
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