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Allergies board

Are you on a daily antihistamine? I think if you were taking zyrtec or something else along those lines every day, you'd head off the reactions to ragweed, dustmites, etc until the shots can begin working.
My DD and DH both have oral allergy syndrome. DH cannot eat any type of melons or cantaloupe or it makes his face flush and his mouth tingle. He also has problems with fresh turkey (not processed turkey though). DD breaks out in a bumpy rash around her mouth if she eats melons/cantaloupes and her enviro allergies are bad. Ragweed is the culprit for that. I'm guessing the capri sun you drank has some melon juice in it.

As far as mattress covers, you can just buy cheap plastic zipper covers for your mattress/boxsprings. They may not be as effective as the allergen covers but they're much better than nothing and much cheaper. Also, make sure you wash all your bedding (incl comforter/quilt & all blankets) weekly in water 130 deg or hotter. I'd also recommend removing all clutter, stuffed animals, etc. from your room as it will cut down on the dust in the room. If you can afford it, a HEPA air purifier in the bedroom helps, too.

Last thing, we always give DD benedryl before her allergy shots to prevent reactions. For her, it works better for acute reactions or allergy shot reactions than zyrtec or the other, newer meds.

Instead of chewing benedryl tablets, you could buy the new benedryl strips. DD has severe nut allergies and we carry these strips along with her epi-jr and inhaler everywhere. The strips dissolve on your tongue.
Yes, cooking them will help. And you might try adding zyrtec ($16.47 OTC at WalMart) to your meds. For some people, singulair doesn't help. it did nothing for me. Zyrtec works great for mine (and I sleep with a long haired cat!).
Cooking the fruit definitely helps because it breaks down some of the enzymes. We haven't tried freezing it but that sounds like a good idea!

I'd also suggest continuing to take an antihistamine daily until your allergies are under control. Singulair works completely different from antihistamines and should not replace an antihistamine. If zyrtec causes drowsiness and your insurance will cover it, I highly recommend allegra 180. There's also a newer antihistamine (RX) only called xyzal. I haven't tried it but am considering asking about it or liquid allegra for my DD. I am not sure but think that xyzal is a more effective form of zyrtec with less side effects (like claritin and clarinex are similiar).

Rhinocort is a weaker nasal steroid spray. My children use nasonex. Nasocort AQ is suppose to be good, as is veramyst. Both are considered the *strongest* nasal steroid sprays.

We have the plastic, zippered covers on our queen sized mattress and boxsprings. I've had them a few years but will see if I can figure out where we got them from. Also, some of the online allergy stores carry allergen powders for the carpet that are stronger than the grocery store types. I've not tried them though so don't know how good they are.

Last thing, it's really not uncommon to need a combo of allergy meds. My DD is currently on zyrtec, nasonex, astelin, singulair, & zatidor and is still miserable (hence wanting to switch her to xyzal or allegra.) She is on allergy shots (started at age 2 and is 8 now). They've helped immensely with her asthma and improved her enviro allergies, too; however, she still struggles during the worst part of the allergy season.