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strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:45 (twenty years ago) link

tell me about it

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:47 (twenty years ago) link

my eyes are constantly itching, my sinuses are completely clogged, and my left ear has been alternately blocked or aching.

lauren (laurenp), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:49 (twenty years ago) link

too fuckin early!!!

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:49 (twenty years ago) link

"oh it's nice out! mmm warm. not too warm though. wait AUGH MY EYES!!!"

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:50 (twenty years ago) link

Over-the-counter Claritin is my blessing right now.

j.lu (j.lu), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:51 (twenty years ago) link

this ear business is driving me crazy.

lauren (laurenp), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:51 (twenty years ago) link

I have no allergies. Tee hee hee!

Johnney B (Johnney B), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:51 (twenty years ago) link

i never had them as a kid either. balding, fat gut, eyes getting worse, allergies...is there anything aging is going to let me get away with??

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:52 (twenty years ago) link

i like to think that 'otc' in drug ads stands for 'off the chain'

g--ff (gcannon), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:53 (twenty years ago) link

I have no allergies. Tee hee hee!

i'm sorry? what was that? you'll have to repeat it into my good ear.

lauren (laurenp), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:55 (twenty years ago) link

there's a schooly d joke to be made here but i'm too tired

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:55 (twenty years ago) link

someone come remove my eyes with a melon baller

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:56 (twenty years ago) link

Oceans of crystal-clear snot and sneeze fits that by all accounts should cause me cardiac arrest. The colour of spring indeedy!

Clarke B. (Clarke B.), Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:57 (twenty years ago) link

My allergy season is about ten months out of the year.

I do hate it though when they weather is nice and everyone is going on about how nice it is and I am suffering.

Rockist Scientist, Thursday, 22 April 2004 22:58 (twenty years ago) link

claritan does nothing for me anymore, especially now that it's OTC. "my eyes! the goggles do nothing!" I like a combination of Allegra and Tylenol Allergy Cold Sinus. And Flonase. That's a healthy coctail.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 22 April 2004 23:01 (twenty years ago) link

It comes from living in the country. There's nothing like good old fashioned Oxfordshire farm air to keep you healthy.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Thursday, 22 April 2004 23:09 (twenty years ago) link

I've got the hay fever medicine on standby, except it's been pissing it down with rain here for the past few days, so I'm happy. When it clears up though, I'll look like my entire family has just been run over.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 22 April 2004 23:09 (twenty years ago) link

My box of Claritin knockoff says only take one a day, but I'm starting to lean toward two or three.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Thursday, 22 April 2004 23:12 (twenty years ago) link

Flonase does the trick for me -- I don't get a stuffy nose this time of year, thank goodness, but I do get horrible sinus headaches. Flonase regularly used keeps all this at bay, and I'm positive I'll be starting up with regular daily use here soon enough, I've had to break it out once or twice already.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 23 April 2004 00:36 (twenty years ago) link

Is Flonase prescription-only? I get nasty sinus headaches year-round, and assume it has to be allergies. While I appreciate the slimming effect of taking a box of pseudoephedrine every other day, I'm willing to try anything else.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Friday, 23 April 2004 00:38 (twenty years ago) link

Loratidine (the 24-hr version), Albuterol, and Flonase is the ticket!

Orbit (Orbit), Friday, 23 April 2004 00:40 (twenty years ago) link

Is Flonase prescription-only?

I've only ever gotten it with a prescription, I can say that much, so probably.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 23 April 2004 00:41 (twenty years ago) link

yes it is Rx only.

Orbit (Orbit), Friday, 23 April 2004 00:42 (twenty years ago) link

Yes, it's prescription-only, and yes you definitely want the prescription alternative to taking speed to deal with allergies. Zyrtec, for instance, though Claritin in combination with Flonase may well be sufficient. Not that either of us is an M.D.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 23 April 2004 00:42 (twenty years ago) link

Rhinocort AQ + TheraFlu sore throat formula or advil cold & sinus. Blearch.

The worst is that I get so stuffed up that I get really nauseous and can't stand to eat anything other than toast with jelly or sprite. And I HATE soda. Or if I've remembered to buy ginger root, sip some ginger tea. My doctor doesn't fully believe me that the nausea is from allergies, but I've gotten it every spring- I blame some kind of post-nasal drip action. :-P

lyra (lyra), Friday, 23 April 2004 02:31 (twenty years ago) link

two months pass...
If you have mold allergies, do not come to Philadelphia tonight.

I irrigated my nose late this morning by about 3:30PM I was getting a sinus headache (while remaining indoors most of the day).

Rockist Scientist, Tuesday, 20 July 2004 20:52 (nineteen years ago) link

Is that what it is? My sinuses just kicked up a few days ago, after leaving me in relative peace for a few months. Fucking mold allergies? (I'm not in Philadelphia, but I'm guessing such things would be prevalent along the Eastern seaboard.)

spittle (spittle), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 03:55 (nineteen years ago) link

And I never had allergies at all until a few years ago. Are we sure this shit wasn't all created in some Pfizer-Merck lab?

spittle (spittle), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 03:56 (nineteen years ago) link

All this proves is that mankind was never meant to go outside.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 03:56 (nineteen years ago) link

My sinuses are worse inside, yo. The got-dam a/c dries them out like deserts, and then whatever crap is in the rugs or pipes or whatever sets them itching and draining and burning.

spittle (spittle), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 03:59 (nineteen years ago) link

And also, does that whole nasal irrigation routine work? I've tried it a few times, but not enough to tell (it does have the attraction of feeling like you're doing something).

spittle (spittle), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 04:00 (nineteen years ago) link

This is what I check for Philadelphia. (It also happens to be where I go for allergy treatment.) If you are having similar weather elsewhere on the eastern seaboard, then yes, you'll probably have a similar mold count. When it rains a lot and then gets fairly hot, the mold tends to really proliferate.

Spittle, you do change the a/c filter I hope?

I think what's outside gets in anyway. I woke up very congested this morning, to a degree that is unusual, even though my windows were closed.

Nasal irrigation is great. It is not a cure, but it's effective treatment. (As I've alerady posted, I do it with a Grossan tip attached to a Waterpik.)

Rockist Scientist, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 04:05 (nineteen years ago) link

That's not an ad for the Asthma Center or anything. I'm not 100% satisfied with them, though they are pretty good. I have my philosophical differences with them about allergy treatment. (I have been getting shots most of my life. Skip talking about potentially curing my allergies with injections, and focus on doing what works for maintenance.)

Rockist Scientist, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 04:07 (nineteen years ago) link

My hay fever is lasting about twice as long as normal this year.

Can't for the life of me remember why I agreed to buy a house next to a farm :-(

Onimo (GerryNemo), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 09:22 (nineteen years ago) link

mercy. please. i'm not sure how much more of this i can take.

lauren (laurenp), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 14:18 (nineteen years ago) link

you do change the a/c filter I hope?

Wait, there's supposed to be a filter?

yeah, I do, but probably not as much as I should.

spittle (spittle), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 17:04 (nineteen years ago) link

my beconase aq nasal spray has worked AMAZINGLY all summer now, but I have found that it basically contains or mutes the symptoms in the nose, but for some reason makes my eyes and sinus headaches worse. still, rather have a slight headache than snot running all over my face

kyle (akmonday), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 20:18 (nineteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Mold is at the extreme level again.

I spent most of the day inside my apartment, not to avoid allergens, but just because that's how it turned out. I finally briefly left my apartment late in the afternoon, walked several blocks, stood around outside for about five minutes drinking iced tea and enjoying some shade, and then ended up going back home soon after. For that amount of exposure I have slightly itchy nasal passages and a headache.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Sunday, 22 August 2004 20:51 (nineteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
Well, fuck this. I woke up with a sinus headache. (In fact, it made it hard to sleep for a while.) I am sneezing. Nasal irrigation has mostly eliminated the headache, but it's still kind of in the background. The pollen and mold count is going to get much worse than this.

RS £aRue (rockist_scientist), Tuesday, 5 April 2005 10:51 (nineteen years ago) link

I am glad I now work on an industrial estate surrounded by chemical works. More pollution = less pollen!

Not as much pollution as London, though - I was amazed how my nostrils filled up with black goo when I was in London last week.

caitlin (caitlin), Tuesday, 5 April 2005 10:53 (nineteen years ago) link

I used to have this but now I am just allergic year-round when I'm at school, I think I'm allergic to my DORM ROOM. Something in the carpeting or curtains or whatever. Spring break ended yesterday, and my prescription (Allegra) has already become almost useless. Bah.

Maria (Maria), Tuesday, 5 April 2005 11:52 (nineteen years ago) link

i'm using a maximum-strength generic sudafed knockoff. clears the sinuses right up, but it puts me to sleep. so much for pseudoephedrine.

jody von bulow (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 5 April 2005 12:08 (nineteen years ago) link

one month passes...
fucking hell

strng hlkntgn, Tuesday, 31 May 2005 00:10 (eighteen years ago) link

they've actually been better this year than last, but fuck me the space between my eyes feels like a gremlin is smacking it with a mallet right now

strng hlkngtn, Tuesday, 31 May 2005 00:11 (eighteen years ago) link

sudafed, my dear man, sudafed.

Orbit (Orbit), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 00:12 (eighteen years ago) link

oh i'm doped up on something. actually it may not have been an allergy med now that i think of it. this is what i get for throwing all the remnants of the blister packs into one box at the end of the season.

strng hlkngtn, Tuesday, 31 May 2005 00:14 (eighteen years ago) link

The twelve-hour kind.
(xpost)

Ken L (Ken L), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 00:15 (eighteen years ago) link

Clarinase, if they have it over there - it has the antihistamine, and a 12 or 24 hour slow release sudafed as well. Sends you completely loopy with speediness, but damn does it work.

Trayce (trayce), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 00:34 (eighteen years ago) link

get bent, have you had a blood test for allergies yet?

boat of boats (dog latin), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:57 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

lately i've been feeling extremely tired, like more than usual - waking up but unable to physically get out of bed and then feeling fuggy and abstract all day. used to get this off cetirizine but i'm starting to think that loratadine is causing these side effects.

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 09:10 (five years ago) link

not sure what is worse - feeling allergic or feeling like a weird sleepy ghost

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 09:11 (five years ago) link

also - fun heart palpitationy stuff which i've just realised is probably brought on by antihistamines. joy

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 10:38 (five years ago) link

My daughter has never really had issues before, but this season her eyes were getting so red, itchy and watery that she started using drops. They say this is the worst allergy season ever, at least in the US, so I imagine all these little allergy sleeper cells are waking up from coast to coast.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 13:09 (five years ago) link

pro tip: anyone who has taken Zyrtec (Cetirizine) might want to know there's a new drug that's supposed to be a more effective version of the same thing, Xyzal (Levocetirizine). works pretty well for me so far. as always, it's been available in europe for a long time, so old news for some of us

mh, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 14:06 (five years ago) link

Have tried xyzal in the past few months and it seems to work. Have to take right before retiring as it makes me extremely drowsy.

omgneto and ittanium mayne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 15:18 (five years ago) link

that's what the box says. I typically took allergy meds first thing in the morning so it's a switch, but seems to work

mh, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 15:28 (five years ago) link

I've never had much luck with antihistamines. tried loratadine, cetirizine, fexofenadine, and diphenhydramine - none of them work for me.

i found one that works several years ago - chlorpheniramine - but it makes me extremely drowsy (and apparently due to its anticholinergic properties increases my chances of developing alzheimer's).

this allergy season is absolutely killing me regardless, though the chlorpheniramine is fairly effective when it comes time to take another dose (i take it 3 times a day) my sinuses are just on fire.

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 17:10 (five years ago) link

pseudoephedrine 12-hour extended release tablets are pretty amazing ime

marcos, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 17:13 (five years ago) link

in most of the US you have to go through the hoopla of showing ID at the pharmacy counter bc it can be used as a meth precursor but it is very worth it, works way better than most antihistamines

marcos, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 17:14 (five years ago) link

surely as it's just a decongestant this will only be effective for nose and sinuses? (i mean tbh that's where most of my troubles are but itchy eyes are a thing too)

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 17:31 (five years ago) link

it is also a vasoconstrictor so it helps with the redness in eyes for sure, for the itchiness i find astringent eye drops help a lot

marcos, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 17:39 (five years ago) link

Guy told me to use Zaditor for that. Seems to help somewhat

omgneto and ittanium mayne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 17:45 (five years ago) link

thanks for the info. i will give those a whirl.

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 17:49 (five years ago) link

my current routine:
xyzal before bed
zaditor in eyes when I first wake up, then wait a bit before showering and putting in contacts
pseudoephedrine 12 hour pill when I get out of bed

I make sure to shower when I get back indoors if I've been outdoors doing yard work or wandering around during heavy pollen times. Also flonase once per day.

mh, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 17:54 (five years ago) link

fwiw that's a shitload of stuff but I have very few problems now unless I'm wandering around the wilderness for a long time

mh, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 17:54 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

the season has began for me, it's muggy out, which is usually worse for me. I havent got any antihistamines in the flat but will go out for some after work. kill me!

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 18:56 (four years ago) link

Only tree pollen allergy for me, so this nonsense is going to be over by the end of the month. It's the last two/three weeks that are the most difficult though. And whoever made that Optrex advert where everyone has bits of tree/flowers sticking out like overgrown eyelashes knew their target audience.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 19:11 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...

I can taste the pollen in the air.

peace, man, Monday, 19 April 2021 19:00 (three years ago) link

I’m so tired of sneezing and itchy eyes, my usual generic Allegra isn’t helping much this year.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Monday, 19 April 2021 19:58 (three years ago) link

Woke up gasping for water several times last night. All I've been on is claritin and it isn't working either.

peace, man, Tuesday, 20 April 2021 11:00 (three years ago) link

ugh

Bewlay Brothers & Sister Rrose (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 15:31 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

I AM FUCKING DYING.

seriously, i feel worse now than i did when i had covid— head full of snot, sinus pressure poinding 24/7 even with meds, endless tissues, just abysmal time to be alive tbh. i wished out loud today for death.

broccoli rabe thomas (the table is the table), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 19:05 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

It's bad this year.

just like Christopher Wray said (brownie), Monday, 29 April 2024 14:23 (one month ago) link

i feel like i can barely move and that my body is filled with rocks and i can't breathe and there is something really wrong with my throat and my eyes are all fucked up but other than that i feel fine.

scott seward, Monday, 29 April 2024 14:38 (one month ago) link

burning throat, sinus headaches, runny nose - it's all the perks of having a bad cold except that it never gets better

just like Christopher Wray said (brownie), Monday, 29 April 2024 14:41 (one month ago) link

medicine makes it better for me. flonase and the meth one. claritin-d.

but if nothing works you might want to get those shots that doctors give.

scott seward, Monday, 29 April 2024 14:46 (one month ago) link

definitely worse for me after it rains.

"When rain hits grass and weed pollen, it can break up the pollen into smaller particles. This makes the pollen spread more easily and can lead to worsening allergy symptoms, particularly with heavy downpours. Rain can also increase mold and dust allergy symptoms, as mold and dust mites thrive in warm, humid conditions."

scott seward, Monday, 29 April 2024 14:48 (one month ago) link

fyi several pharmacists and RNs have told me that claritin is a pretty mediocre antihistamine and is actually only effective for 25% or less of people at the normal dose. at an effective dose, it's not non-drowsy. so they market claritin-d hard

zyrtec/xyzal are a bit better (I use the latter) and I believe they're both available in generics now. you can always supplement them with a generic sudafed decongestant

I try to not take all the things all the time but xyzal+sudafed every morning and maybe a little generic flonase to supplement

if I do yard work or spend a bunch of time outside I obviously shower later and burn my clothes (j/k)

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Monday, 29 April 2024 15:25 (one month ago) link

i just buy claritin-d for the meth properties. it keeps me upright. it mostly works. the flonase does seem to help with my nose/eyes/throat.

stuff like zyrtec make me sleepier. allergies make me VERY tired. like, falling down tired.

scott seward, Monday, 29 April 2024 15:35 (one month ago) link

this is the dustiest town i've ever lived in. tons of trees. tons of dirt. they don't really clean the streets. we had boxes of books out on tables Saturday and Sunday at the store and I was going through them inside here this morning and they were just covered in dust/dirt. so, you know, i'm surrounded.

scott seward, Monday, 29 April 2024 15:41 (one month ago) link

xp I hear that. I get this weird fatigue by evening some days this time of year and every time I'm just "why do I have no energy? I must be old or dying"

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Monday, 29 April 2024 15:41 (one month ago) link

what's weird - it IS fatiguing but I have a hard time sleeping when I'm going through it.

just like Christopher Wray said (brownie), Monday, 29 April 2024 16:46 (one month ago) link

I've had fairly good luck with cheap generic Claritin (loratadine) - I had absolutely horrible allergies as a kid when there was only Dimetapp and Benadryl, the meds today are much better
Cheap generics mostly keep it at bay until some unknown tree comes online in June, but that generally lasts just a week or two - no idea what's the source, but no amount of pills will save me

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 29 April 2024 16:59 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

bad this year. yeesh. i feel like i'm in the poppy fields with dorothy and the scarecrow. this town is so fucking fecund. its like a jungle out here. i swear everything just became impossibly green and lush in one week. which, you know, is a good thing. just complaining. nobody else wants to hear it! i nap a lot when i can. go home early. its so nice out and i feel crap. oh well.

scott seward, Monday, 13 May 2024 17:34 (two weeks ago) link

At least one study has indicated that the more carbon there is in the air, the more potent the pollen itself is.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/13/opinion/allergies-climate-change.html

scott seward, Monday, 13 May 2024 18:50 (two weeks ago) link

The top 10 most challenging places to live with seasonal allergies are:

Wichita, Kansas
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Greenville, South Carolina
Dallas, Texas
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Richmond, Virginia
Des Moines, Iowa
Raleigh, North Carolina
Fayetteville, Arkansas

scott seward, Monday, 13 May 2024 18:50 (two weeks ago) link

now i'm not moving to des moines!

scott seward, Monday, 13 May 2024 18:51 (two weeks ago) link

Least challenging (#96) on that list is Cleveland! I live there and would probably die if I lived in Wichita.

just like Christopher Wray said (brownie), Monday, 13 May 2024 19:39 (two weeks ago) link

brutal right now

brimstead, Monday, 13 May 2024 20:01 (two weeks ago) link

here you can type in your zip to find out what's causing the itchy eyes and sneezing

https://www.pollenlibrary.com/

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 13 May 2024 20:04 (two weeks ago) link

Ragweed has always been my chief nemesis

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 13 May 2024 20:06 (two weeks ago) link

ooh, this one has a sinister name: Five-Horn Smotherweed

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 13 May 2024 20:08 (two weeks ago) link

It's highly toxic to horses, not sure about grasshoppers though xp

Bernard Quidbins (NickB), Monday, 13 May 2024 20:09 (two weeks ago) link

Brownie - my birthday twin iirc - I work for a big employer based in your city and someone brought me buckeyes recently! They are DELICIOUS. I have nothing to add about allergies - don't have any. Sorry for all who are suffering tho.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 13 May 2024 20:13 (two weeks ago) link

damn Crack Willow!

https://www.pollenlibrary.com/Local/Significant/Allergens/in/Franklin%20County/MA/

scott seward, Monday, 13 May 2024 21:03 (two weeks ago) link

Nodding Fescue needs to be a band.

scott seward, Monday, 13 May 2024 21:05 (two weeks ago) link

Ha! Yes enbb, power to the 28th! I’ve had a buckeye or two in my day :)

just like Christopher Wray said (brownie), Monday, 13 May 2024 22:35 (two weeks ago) link

now i'm not moving to des moines!

― scott seward, Monday, May 13, 2024 1:51 PM (yesterday)

can confirm, not a great city for avoiding allergies

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 13:51 (two weeks ago) link


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