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I am allergic to dogs mostly, although mulitple indoor cats can trigger me too. I get very sneezy, stuffy and wheezy while at births with dogs. I do not want to take benadryl because it it makes me very very sleepy and woozy. But I am really tired of being miserable. I need something I can keep in my birth bag that works quickly and well and does not make me drowsy. Herbs, homeopathics, medicines, anything. I am pregnant right now and in a couple months will be nursing, so whatever I take needs to be safe for both of those as well.<br><br>
Thanks for any ideas!
 

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I think that either zyrtec or claritin would do it for you. Also it might help to duck into the bathroom and use a neti pot every couple of hours.
 

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I was gonna say Zyrtec too. It doesn't make me drowsy and works for 24 hours.
 

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claritin?<br><br>
I wouldn't feel bad about taking a pill before you even get to the house, if you know there are a lot of allergens. I've had to do that when I'm going to a house with cats. I don't like taking meds as a general rule, but I figure it's worth it to avoid needing to run off and take care of a runny nose at a vital moment. I also think it's really bad form to need to sniffle every 10 seconds while providing perineal support or doing suturing, which I have (embarrasingly enough) wound up doing.<br><br>
There are a bunch of homeopathics available, many of them specific to type of allergen, and some combination remedies; I haven't found one that works for me.
 

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zyrtec *might * work. But IMO it works best when taken regularly so it is in your system. Taking it well before a birth might help. Do others find that zyrtec works for a one time help?<br>
i think the neti pot is a great idea, if it's practical for you during a birth.
 

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I was hopeful that the zyrtec would work because I find that claritin only works if it is in my system. If zyrtec is the same, then I am back to square one. I can't possibly take it ahead of births. I dont know when they will be and don't always even know if they have animals. I have basically no allergy problems at any other time(tiny bit in the spring) so taking it regularly would not be a good idea.<br><br>
I need something that I can keep in my bag, will work quickly and wont make me drowsy/groggy. The neti pot is an interesting idea. But I have never tried one due to how much I HATE water in my nose. The thought of doing it on purpose makes me shiver in horror. Besides, it might clean me out, but it is not going to stop the histamine response so I would still be sneezy/wheezy.<br><br>
The birth last night was really bad and that is why it is on my mind. Thank you for your help!
 

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Yes, Zyrtec works *best* when it's in your system already, but I hate the idea of taking meds all the time and use it on an as-needed basis. It helps me. DH doesn't have as much luck with taking it as needed. I think it's worth a try, though.
 

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Digestive Ease for Pregnancy from Wishgarden Herbs... I know, sounds funny but there is some connection between histamines and acid production. When I am pregnant and having heart burn my allergies are terrible. I was meds dependent for 2 of my pregnancies because it was so bad I couldn't breath. When I started taking this for the digestive issues my breathing issues went away.
 

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When I get an email from a potential doula client, it's the first thing I ask, after "When are you due?" When my preceptor was doing homebirths, it was the first thing I asked her to ask, after "When are you due?" I am very allergic to cats, and it's important to know if someone has a cat so I can take a pill ASAP.
 

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Fruitfulmama,<br><br>
I tried looking at Wishgarden Herbs website to see what's in the digestive ease for preg, but the website doesn't list ingredients. Do you know which herbs are used? That may help to understand why it works.
 

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Do you do home visits? If I'm sniffling by the end of a home visit, I'll take a pill before I get into the car to head to that birth.
 

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Hmm... that's strange. They used to have a 'More Info' that would give you a pop-up with all the ingredients. I'll see if I still have a bottle in the cabinet.
 

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I find this thread to be very interesting because I have several really bad allergies and haven't found a solution yet that actually works. I have tried Claritin and it just doesn't seem to be in my system enough (maybe that is because like someone else said it works best when taken regularly).<br><br>
Has anyone tried the new one they have on t.v.? I think it is called Omnaris? Most of my allergies are related to nasal issues, so was wondering if anyone took this one and was also wondering if it works best if taken regularly or is it something that one can take as a one shot deal when needed?<br><br>
Of course I won't be taking any of these meds while pregnant and probably not nursing either, but just wondering since I keep seeing that commercial on t.v.
 

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Nasonex is my BEST friend when I do births where there are dogs. My BEST FRIEND. I typically take zyrtek every day because of seasonal and mold/dust mite allergies. If I know I'm going to be at a birth with a dog, I actually pop a second one before I leave. And then, before I walk in the door, I take nasonex. It is a nasal inhaler. It instantly opens my nasal passages, and they stay that way for about 24 hours. When I have had to go to a birth not leaving from home and didn't get to pop the extra zyrtek, I still take the nasonex, and my nose is STILL clear for 24 hours...but were I to run up the stairs I might still wheeze a little, because the nasonex has addressed the nasal allergies, but not the respiratory ones.
 

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Oh, and they moved me to Nasonex for nasal allergies when I was pregnant, because it's not absorbed into the blood stream, it just affects the mucosa, so might even help now, if your doc thinks it's worth it.<br><br>
FWIW, Flonase is a lot more commonly prescribed, however, it is less gentle on the nasal passages, and I quickly get a bloody nose from using it with any regularity. That is not the case with Nasonex.
 
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