allergy question!!

  1. OK>> I Just wanted to know... I think my allergies are kickin in full force over here..
    Can you get areally sore throat and ear probs w/ this? thanks for your input!!
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  3. by   jenac
    CraftyLPN- I have your usual run-of-the-mill seasonal allergies. And I ineviatbly end up with a nasty post-nasal drip (with the sore throat) as for the ears-mine are always itchy and feel plugged up half the time! A trip to the Dr. is usually called for to rule out a sinus or ear infection and allergy meds are helpful. I'd say- call the Dr.
  4. by   deespoohbear
    I see that you are from Ohio. I live in Indiana and the allergy season is kicking in full gear here too! Yes you can get sore throats from all the sinus drainage and your ears can get "plugged." I take Zyrtec-D, Nasonex, Accolate, Advair, and Proventil HFA prn to keep my allergies and asthma in check. Even with all that sometimes the allergies get the best of me. Do you have air conditioning? If not, you need to get it. Don't hang your clothes out on the line. I have lots of tips and such. If you are interested PM me and I will point you in the direction of some allergy resources. Hang in there!!
  5. by   renerian
    Zrtec is great.............I live in Ohio with lots of allergies. I am plugged up as we speak and been like that several days.

    renerian
  6. by   Nurse Ratched
    Ask the 20 kids whose ears I have flushed this week lol. We have kept the Zyrtec people in business (another Hoosier, too!)
  7. by   CraftyLPN
    LOL..I like zyrtec but dang it.. makes me tooooo tired!! all day long...tried clairitin..no effect..I am walking like a zombie now cuz I took some benadryl...
  8. by   researchrabbit
    I take 4mg chlortrimeton q 8 hours. Seems to do the trick for me; mine are so bad in spring if I don't take it that my nose runs constantly and my eyes swell and itch in addition to the ear thing. And it doesn't make me tired.
  9. by   CraftyLPN
    REsearch.. is that OTC or Rx?
  10. by   BadBird
    My Dr. just gave me Zytrec, well I can breathe but I can't take it if I have to work, it totally knocks me out, it makes me so tired I don't even want to chew, hmmmmmm, weight loss along with better breathing, not a bad thing!!!
  11. by   eltrip
    Chlortrimeton is OTC. Less drowsiness than benadryl, but more than zyrtec, which seems to be working fairly well thus far. I've heard that allegra is good. Anyone out there on Allegra?
  12. by   eltrip
    Originally posted by BadBird
    My Dr. just gave me Zytrec, well I can breathe but I can't take it if I have to work, it totally knocks me out, it makes me so tired I don't even want to chew, hmmmmmm, weight loss along with better breathing, not a bad thing!!!
    Have you tried taking it @ HS? It helps to deal with the sleepiness issue and it makes folks less "gloppy" in the mornings, if you know what I mean.

    You might want to decrease the amount of scented household products that you come into contact with...it seems to help in the overall mgmt of allergies.
  13. by   colleen10
    Hi Crafty,

    I completely feel for you. Have lots of those kinds of problems myself.

    In my case, for the first 7-8 years that I got allergies every Spring they would turn into Ear Infections or Sinus Infections or both. A few years ago I finally went to an allergist who prescribed me Allegra and a Nasal Spray. It turned into a Sinus Infection anyway because I would start taking the Allegra after I would first start to sneeze and the Allegra would block everything up and cause the Sinus Infection. The only way to combat this, my allergist said, was to take the Allegra 2 weeks before I started to have a reaction to the pollen, etc. Well, it is never at the same time each year so I would have to take it from March through July which I am not willing to do.

    Now I just get by with the Nasal Spray. It's Nasacort AQ. I do 2 squirts as soon as I sneeze and/or feel my eyes start to water and itch and it keeps my allergies at bay. I have had better results just using the spray rather than taking anti-histamine pills.

    Everybody is different so if you don't find something that works well for you the first time around, be willing to try some other medications.

    Good Luck and hope you get to feeling better soon!
  14. by   colleen10
    PS, someone asked about Allegra.

    Aside from it still giving me a Sinus Infection I had some problems with it when I first started taking it. About the first 4 or 5 times I took it it was like I had just taken 10 caffeine pills. I was shakey, jittery, hyper, etc. It also gave me a racing heart beat and this was just a few years ago when I was just 23 years old, very healthy and never have any problems like that at all with anything.

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