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Old 04-18-06, 06:55 PM   #1
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Allergies...do you have & what do you take?

Hayfever seems to bother me every other year. Never consistent. I take Claritin-D, but the effects seem to be wearing off so I am not sure what to use now. My mom uses Alavert, but that didn't work too well. It used to be real good, but now, not so much.

So do you have allergies and found something foolproof?
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Old 04-18-06, 06:57 PM   #2
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Only thing that really worked for me was the scratch-test and then 3 weekly injections of stuff I was allergic to for 18 months. I'd say I am 95% better, and it's been over 7 years since I did it.
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Old 04-18-06, 07:10 PM   #3
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If I'm going to bed.. benedryl. Other than that.. I take any non-drowsy anti-histamine I can get my hands on.
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Old 04-18-06, 07:39 PM   #4
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I take Zyrtec every day. I am pretty much allergic to most trees and gas with oak being the worst. I used to take Claritin before it went over the counter. I tried Clarinex which was the replacement but it didn't help me at all. Same thing with Alavert, it has never worked for me.

Just an fyi in case you don't know, most of these work as preventative. If you wait until you are already having an attack you won't see much of a result. If I take my Zyrtec everyday I feel fine. If I miss a couple of days I know very quickly since I start to have reactions.

The shots work well if you are severely allergic to one or two things but in my case I had too many so they did me no good.
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Old 04-18-06, 07:51 PM   #5
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Love Benadryl...best stuff out there for just about anything.
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Old 04-18-06, 08:08 PM   #6
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Love Benadryl...best stuff out there for just about anything.

Especially sleeping.
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Old 04-18-06, 09:14 PM   #7
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Old 04-18-06, 09:21 PM   #8
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Especially sleeping.
Especially making kids sleep.
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Old 04-18-06, 09:22 PM   #9
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I used to have horrible problems in April/May no matter what part of the country I lived in, but found a combination of Claritan (or generic version) plus a prescription nasal spray (Flonase) has totally wiped out the effects of allergies. No itching, watering or anything.
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Old 04-18-06, 09:45 PM   #10
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No allergies, no meds.
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Old 04-18-06, 10:06 PM   #11
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I've been taking 4 250mcg tablets of B12 every day for the past 3 months and I have had no allergy effects this year so far. I read about it in Mens Journal.
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Old 04-18-06, 10:18 PM   #12
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No allergies, no meds.
Ditto, one of the many things I'm thankful for in my life.
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Old 04-18-06, 10:37 PM   #13
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I've been taking 4 250mcg tablets of B12 every day for the past 3 months and I have had no allergy effects this year so far. I read about it in Mens Journal.
They make a 1000mcg tablet. Then you would only need 1 a day.
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Old 04-18-06, 11:40 PM   #14
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Zyrtec is the only thing that works for me, and not that pansy ass imitator- Zyrtec-D. I haven't had any luck with any of the OTC meds.

Take Benadryl on top of that, and use corn starch for the exzcema, Visene for the eyes.

I only have a 5-6 week window that affects me, the other 45 weeks I'm fine. But these 6 weeks are a bear.
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Old 04-18-06, 11:49 PM   #15
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Not allergic to anything at all. Not a lot of allergies in my family.

My wife's allergic to something in chocolate - most likely the cocoa (she gets really dizzy and breaks out). She used to get away with white chocolate without cocoa, but they don't really make it any more.
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Old 04-19-06, 04:07 AM   #16
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Try Flonase. I've taken different stuff over the years with varying degrees of success. Flonase is the only thing thats worked perfectly for me. Ask doctor for a sample.
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Old 04-19-06, 05:11 AM   #17
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I don't like taking medications because you either become dependent or it loses effectiveness. For me, allergy injections are the only thing that works. I am hypersensitive to pollen, dust, and molds so I'll probably be taking injections for the rest of my life. When I first started, it was 3 injections a week. Now I'm down to one injection every two weeks.
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Old 04-19-06, 05:29 AM   #18
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Used to get allergy shots when I was a kid...was allergic to cats, dogs, grass, almonds.... now it's mainly cats and dogs, and they really only bother me if touch my eyes after petting them or in a house where they live, especially if not cleaned well.
Funny now I eat almonds all time with no effects now... am affected by the seasonal pollen and such but usually not bad enough to take medication.
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Old 04-19-06, 05:45 AM   #19
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Allergic to mold... don't take anything for it, I just stay away from mold.
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Old 04-19-06, 06:33 AM   #20
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No allergies, no meds.
Me too.

My girlfriend, on the other hand, is allergic to sunscreen. That kind of screws up a lot of things we do in the summer, since she can't even bump into people wearing it.

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Old 04-19-06, 06:50 AM   #21
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I have a seasonal pollen allergy - generic Loratadine (Claritin, Alavert) from Dollar General when I need it.

I am mildly allergic to cats and dogs - wash hands after contact, keep a clean house (have two cats).

I have mild food allergies to various raw fruits and vegetables and certain nuts - I eat them anyway and monitor my symptoms (sore throat, swelling of lips).
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Old 04-19-06, 07:33 AM   #22
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^ that's one thing that I will never understand, people with pet allergies owning pets,

My wife is allergic and she owned both a cat and a dog. We are down to just the dog now.
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Old 04-19-06, 07:42 AM   #23
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I'm allergic to Benadryl of all things. Story of my life.
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Old 04-19-06, 07:45 AM   #24
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^ that's one thing that I will never understand, people with pet allergies owning pets,

My wife is allergic and she owned both a cat and a dog. We are down to just the dog now.
The cats belong to my wife. As I said, the allergy is a mild one, and simply washing my hands and having the house vacuumed weekly is enough.
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Love Benadryl...best stuff out there for just about anything.
do they make non-drowsy?
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