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    Old 04-09-2001, 05:15 AM   #1
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    Unhappy Severe allergies

    I have tried almost all available allergy meds, prescription and otc. I can't go to an allergist right now, due to lack of insurance, so I'm having to use my family doc. I'm currently on Allegra, which is not working very well. It is working to a degree, but myeyes are still running, as is my nose, I'm still sneezing and I don't know what to do! I have tried Claritin and it doesn't work for me. Please LMK if you have any suggestions. TIA!

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    Old 04-11-2001, 05:23 PM   #2
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    Wow! You sound like me. Allegra does not work for me. In fact the two times my doctor prescribed it for me I had terrible headaches for weeks. It did nothing for me except let the fluid build up in my sinuses and ear canals and the headaches were unbearable (once I had a headache for 21 days on it!). Claritin doesn't work very well on me, either. The meds that do work on me are strong and not recommended for someone with hypertension, so I can't take them. Right now I'm taking Zrytec and it sort of works, but not really. I've been taking allergy meds since I was 13 years old (I'm 46 now) so I'm also "immune" to some of them, I think. Basically I try to stay in air conditioning, when possible, keep the windows closed so the allergens stay out and occasionally I "sneak" OTC meds to help me. But I'm always congested and unable to breathe properly. I have bronchial asthma too, which isn't fun, and when I'm extremely congested I have asthma attacks.

    I hope you can find a med that will work. Bromfed works for me, but I can't take it any longer. (Seldane worked the best for me, but as you know it was taken off the market and replaced by Allegra.) Good luck!!

    Old 04-18-2001, 11:12 PM   #3
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    Try a cup of Mullein leaf tea 3 times a day.
    You should be able to buy it at your health food store by the ounce. Make it like your going to brew a cup of regular tea. 1 teaspoon herb to 1 cup of hot water.

    By the end of the first day you should feel a big difference. After you find it works for you, you can buy it online by the pound for less.

    Old 04-21-2001, 11:39 AM   #4
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    Hi, I know where you're coming from! I'm trying to keep a good Garlic intake. Garlic is supposed to help greatly reduce Histamines which cause the allergic reactions. I thought I'd pass on the information.

    for around the house allergens I've used a simple 3M FIltrete 1000 furnace filter taped to a household fan. it's cheap and highly effective! If you have a 20" box fan and pick up the filter to secure to it, you'll be amazed at how quickly the irritants build up on the filter.

    Best of luck to you!

    Old 05-12-2001, 05:48 PM   #5
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    i used to just be on Allegra and it didn't work at all. My doctor said that it would be best to try a more aggressive approach to curb my allergies. So, two weeks ago I started taking Allegra in the morning, and Nasonex, and then Zyrtec in the afternoon. Allegra seemed to work fine until the mid afternoon, so that is when I took the Zyrtec and that worked great. I can finally breathe when I lie down to go to sleep!! .. So, I suggest that you find some sort of regimine that works for you and stick with it for a few weeks to see if there are results.

    Old 05-13-2001, 09:21 AM   #6
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    Sorry, you are having so much trouble with you sinus problem. I too suffer for sinus problems on a daily basis. My I suggest trying an over the counter medicine called "EQUATE - SUPHEDRINE," it's seem to do the trick most of the time. It's maximum strength nasal decongestant,nasal & sinus congestion, due to colds & allergies {non-drowsy," to you can take it during the day. It give temporary relife of nasal congestion for cold,hay fever or other upper respiratory
    allergies, and ansal congestion associated with sinusitis, helps decongest sinus opening as passages, temporarily relieves sinus congestion and pressure, temporarily restores breathing through the nose. It's only a "Temporary Fix," but it should help you until you can get to a "ENT-Medical Specialist. Hope this is some help. Good Luck

    Old 09-19-2006, 12:27 PM   #7
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    My allergies drive me absolutely insane. The worst is the itching in my nose and sinuses - it feels like little creatures crawling around in there, makes my eyes water and I start sneezing and wheezing and dripping and snorting. It's horrible. I have discovered that the key is too stay on top of the allergies. I am terrible at taking any medication every day so it's my own fault I suffer because I know if I take my stuff daily as directed - it works. I take Zyrtec and Rhinocort. The nasal steroid - Rhinocort, Nasonex, Flonase - is the key if you have the itchy sneezy horrible symptoms like I have. Claritin doesn't work at all for me - it's a joke. My insurance doesn't cover any prescription antihistamines - like Zyrtec - so I go online and order them from Canada where they are generic. And if my allergies get bad enough - the only relief is taking some Benadryl and going to sleep - it's the only way to escape for me if it's to the point where I can't function - and they *do* get that bad!
    Good luck!

    Old 09-21-2006, 04:21 PM   #8
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    Dear Allergy sufferers,

    I'm a mom who lived in fear each day because of life-threatening allergies that our son had since 3 years of age, enviromental and many foods. We tried the various drugs, the only things that doctors could offer us; and in situations of anaphlacytic reactions, Epi-pens and a mad rush to the hospital were the only advice. There was never any answers from any medical professionals as to what was happening in the body to give this kind of reaction. I was left to do my own research if I wanted my son to live. I quickly discovered that doctors only work with treating symptoms once they are present, but not with prevention to stop something from happening again.
    In my quest for answers, I discovered that allergies is a grossly overactive immune system and you need to find something that will modulate, bring the immune system back into balance!! I found glyconutrients, which are nutrients that should be in the foods that we eat every day, BUT due to green-harvesting, over-processing and refining of our foods... we have destroyed the God-given nutrients for good health. These glyconutrients are critical to the function of our immune system as they attach themselves onto the protein stems on the outer surface of the cell, which allows "cellular communication" to take place. As cells connect, they can send messages back and forth, allowing the body to work in harmony. When there is a deficiency of these glyconutrients on the cell surface... major miscommunications begin taking place as in the case of allergies. Allergies are an auto-immune disorder, meaning that the body's cells are self-destructing themselves as they can not recognize each other as being of the same body. When things are inhaled or ingested into the body; the cells cannot recognize what is good and what is bad. Therefore it can be vine-ripened fruits and vegetables that should be best for us... and yet it can put someone into a life-threatening situation (as it did for our son). As you can imagine, there is NOT A SINGLE DRUG OUT THERE that can FULFIL THE DEFICIENCY OF GLYCONUTRIENTS. These nutrients must come from a natural food source (a catergory called Nutracueticals - a non-toxic food with a medicinal health benefit). In three months time of adding glyconutrients to our son's diet, we saw remarkable results which have continued to this day. It not only took care of allergies, but also the asthma and chronic infections which also were life-threatening at times. As the immune system came into balance; any and every ailment in his body began improving! He has now been drug-free for 7 years and enjoys a great quality of life. I hope this might help save someone else's life and improve the quality of lives... never give up, do your research till you find the answers. Even if your doctor does not have the answer, search till you find it on your own. Some websites that might be helpful: [url][/url], [url][/url], [url][/url] 11 AM CT on Sat. mornings, [url][/url] , [url][/url], Every Tues. night call (212)461-5860 PIN: 1245#
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    Old 09-21-2006, 07:55 PM   #9
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    Re: Severe allergies

    There are a few things you can try. You can ask about adding allergy noseprays in addition to the Allegra. Or you can try Zyrtec, which works better for a lot of people. You can also ask about taking Singulair with the Allegra.

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