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#1 of 7 Old 04-26-2004, 02:46 PM - Thread Starter
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For the last two years I have not used anything for my allergies. They were not that bad so was just able to grin and bear it ( acheew, where is the sneezing smile? ). This year though I am so miserable. Yesterday got so bad I couldn't move. My nose, my eyes my throat, then there is the sneezing and uncontrolable runny nose. Since I am still bfing, I just don't know what my options are. Does anyine have any suggestions? I know that a lot of antihistamines and decongestants will dry up my milk, even if they are safe for dd. So do I supplement with someting to boost my milk to offset the effect? I have to do something. There is no way I can endure this season without some relief.
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#2 of 7 Old 04-26-2004, 03:09 PM
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You can take Claritin D OTC or the generic equivalant. Just drink more water and you should be fine. I have the same problem.
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Remember that Claritin D also has a decongestant in it, whereas regular Claritin doesn't. I would try regular Claritin first because taking decongestants on a regular basis can make your sinuses dependent on them. plus for those of us with any bladder or prostate problems, they make it much worse. Just make sure that the ingredients are the same, aside from the decongestant.


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I've experienced substantial reduction in my allergies by doing a couple of things together.

One is taking nettle as a tea. It can also be taken in pill form, but I had better results with tea.

The second was to reduce my exposure to irritants. There is a theory that rather than being a specific response to a specific allergen that always happens in the same way, allergic response depends on the overall load you are placing on your system. It's like filling a glass near the top, You only notice it when it overflows, and if you dump some of the water out you can still add some without overflowing. So if you reduce what other things might stress the system you will get less of a reaction.

I kicked my dog out our bedroom, enclosed my matresses with dust mite covers, got my partner to do the vacuuming 8 hours before I would be in the bedroom. I started washing our sheets weekly in hot water, or with an allergy resistant spray. I had the carpets professionally cleaned and treated for dust mites.

I eliminated dairy from my diet. I will still eat cheese from sheep or goat, and get buy on soy for everything else.

The last thing I did, which is useful even if none of the above is of interest, is that during flare ups I did a saline rinse of my sinuses. You need a 1/4 tsp of salt to one cup warm water, and then you can snort the mixture, use a bulb, or a neti pot. I never got the hang of the netti pot. I did this twice daily for a month then just when things got bad.

Over time all of this helped enormously. We just had a spell here where everything bloomed at once, and I had no problems.

I hope you feel better soon.
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The neti pot is a lifesaver for me. There's also a homeopathic remedy I took for tree pollen that eliminated that problem. Still am working on the other allergies...

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I've found the following has really helped me:

~ don't open the windows in my house when pollen count is at its highest (between 5 and 10am)

~ don't drive with the car windows open during pollen season (you are exposing yourself to so much pollen at once, and so many different kinds...)

~ use the neti pot to alleviate congestion

~ give up dairy (it is *so* congesting!! this has helped me incredibly with my sinus problems)

~ don't do the dusting or vacuuming (if you have to do this kind of stuff, at least wear a mask)

~ don't have lots of carpets (hardwood floors are great!)

~ I take homeopathic tablets I get from Whole Foods (Hyland? I think that's the brand name)

~ get rid of stuff that collects lots of dust (stuffed animals are the worst!)

~ shower or change clothes after coming in contact with irritants (like after being in your yard/garden, or for me, after visiting someone who has cats! Just wash all that stuff off!)

~ I don't take antihistimines (they make me drowsy) or decongestants (over time, if taken frequently, they actually thicken mucus, making congestion & sinus problems worse).

I hope some of these suggestions work for you!
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I have found that by taking a hot bath (30 minutes or more) in hydrogen peroxide (several bottles) will boost your immune system by adding oxygen to your body.
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