anybody else suffer from "hayfever"?

  1. As misery loves company, I was just wondering who else has "hayfever" and what you take for it. For as long as I can remember every time fair week rolls around I start to have the telltale itchy throat and eyes. I have never been tested, but I've always assumed it is a ragweed allergy. When I was a kid and there were no non-sedating time-released antihistamines there was days I was really miserable.

    This year I am trying Zyrtec and so far, knock on wood, I really like it. I haven't noticed any side effects and it seems to be almost completely controlling the allergic reactions. I used to take allegra but on the 60 mg bid dose there were often times when it wasn't strong enough, and on the 180 mg daily dose I felt too spacey.
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   adrienurse
    Me Me! Took myself off od claritan last week. Just to see what wold happen. My eyes are so dry!! I got some cromylen (sp?) eye gtts, they help. I don't help myself very much though. Live in a 1 bedroom apt with 2 cats - one of whom just has to sleep just next to my head at night. I actually find that my work environment is worse for my allergies then my (sometimes) dusty, hairy home. Worst culprit for me, though, is scented, clay cat litter -- last time I had an asthma attack, this was the reason. I use the crystals now, no dust. Cats are my kids, we shall not be parted.
  4. by   researchrabbit
    ME TOO ME TOO! I have to bathe my cat (oh, he LOVES that, let me tell you, although he never scratches) once a week. Juniper in the spring and ragweed in the fall, and I can't even TOUCH a guinea pig (last time I petted one I wound up in the ER)...

    Luckily the dogs aren't a problem.

    Sudafed is OK, Claritin is OK, Allegra and Zyrtec didn't work so well for me. Extra vitamin C during the worst weeks seems to help.
  5. by   dcc43210
    I used to suffer terribly with hayfever this time of year. Now, spring allergies seem to affect me more. How do I get relief? I go on a cruise. Get a few miles offshore---no more pollen.
  6. by   hoolahan
    Me too! I take OTC Chloretrimeton 12 mg. Yes it has sedating effects, but I take it at night, and it seems to hold me over thru the day as well. I'm definitely a ragweed girl.

    I think my son has it worse though, he is also allergic to the molds and trees in the fall, and he has really suffered at times, missed a LOT of school for severe headaches. Got him on Rhinocort nasal spray and zyrtec, and he's been in good shape as well.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I suffer horribly but can hardly take anythign for it cause it either makes me sleepy, or makes my heart race. I am very unfortunate in that meds seem to all mess me up in some way or another, not a good thing when one is a nurse.
  8. by   moonchild20002000
    All i have to say is thank goodness for Allegra!!! Works well for me,otherwise I really don't think I would be able to stand the sx!
  9. by   aimeee
    My hubby has allergies to some unknown thing too that seems to be year round and he takes a tab of Clemastine fumarate (Tavist) about every other day to keep it in check. Works well for him. I have let my daughter take it now and then when she is showing allergy to something and it works for her too without any apparent side effects.

    I have to be careful with Sudafed or I can get kinda tachy. I had taken only 30 mg. one pm when I was working and when things got a bit stressful I noticed I was feeling some palpitations. My pulse was over 120! Yikes! It keeps me awake at night too. Or if I do sleep its a very fitful sleep where I feel like I am awake all night even though I'm not. I'll only take that in the morning now if I am really plugged up.
  10. by   adrienurse
    I cannot take cold medications with pseudoephedrine -- gives me heart palpitations and makes me feel all strung out. Reason? Hypothyroidism.
  11. by   casperbjs
    I like Allegra D! It helps me alot and doesn't put me to sleep.
  12. by   boggle
    I always thought everyone got itchy throats! ( till I mentioned it to my husband. He didn't know what I was talking about)

    I find the zyrtec gives better relief than the allegra, but it has more of a sedating effect ZZZZZZ.

    I don't understand the latest ads for the Rx antihistamines....there is mention that one brand is only for certain allergens, another brand is for indoor and outdoor allergens.

    What gives with that? I thought an antihistamine would work on any allergen. I understand the difference with the singulair and tilade products, but not with the oral antihistamines.

    Any ideas?
  13. by   live4today
    Here in TX.....the only thing that works for me is Allegra and fluronase nasal spray. :kiss
  14. by   aimeee
    Originally posted by boggle
    I don't understand the latest ads for the Rx antihistamines....there is mention that one brand is only for certain allergens, another brand is for indoor and outdoor allergens.

    What gives with that? I thought an antihistamine would work on any allergen. I understand the difference with the singulair and tilade products, but not with the oral antihistamines.

    Any ideas?
    I remember seeing those commercials...but what product/s were they for? I had the same question.

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