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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/sneeze.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sneeze">: I need help! I have horrible allergies. I believe I have allergies worse than anyone I have every met.... to everything outside mostly. Grass, trees, flowers, dust, cats, dogs.... the list just goes on and on. Anyway, they are so bad, that if not medicated my nasal passages get so swollen that I cannot breathe out my nose or smell. ANything. Like, once there was a fire in the kitchen WHILE I WAS COOKING and I didn't know because I coudn't smell it. Well, I have suffered medicationless (I do take benadryl at night) so I can bf my baby with no side effects for him or my milk supply.<br><br>
He is 13 months now... And I have a cold on top of my normal allergies. SO, along with not being able to smell or breathe out my nose, my face and ears hurt from the sinus pressure. I REALLY REALLY want to take a decongestant. How much will this impact my supply? How will it affect him? Is there anything safe I can take? Is there anything "not TOO bad" that I can take? I am cross posting this in Breastfeeding as well.
 

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I use Dermamed Migracelle when I have sinus headache and pressure, most times it works. I rub a little under my nose and within a few minutes the pain is less. Here's a link.<br><br><a href="http://www.dermamed.com/product_details/specialty_products/dmmigracell/default.asp" target="_blank">http://www.dermamed.com/product_deta...ll/default.asp</a><br><br>
By the time my ds was that age I used decongestants occasionally when the migracelle wasn't enough. I didn't notice a drop in supply, though I have heard that it can happen. My doc had told me it would be fine as long as it's not too frequent.<br><br>
As an added precaution, if you are going to use a decongestant, I would drink extra water.<br><br>
Have you tried gigner and cayanne tea? It works for me. Just steep fresh ginger with as much cayanne as you can take, add honey to taste.<br><br>
Hope you feel better soon
 

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I hear apple cider vinegar can block the histamine response.
 

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Do you know how much ACV?<br><br>
I'd be very interested to know, anything to avoid meds<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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This won't help right now, but nettle, as a tea or in capsules, is great for allergies.
 

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Hello,<br>
You might want to give an allergy homeopathy combo. or a single remedy depending on your symptoms. Try Boiron. I find they are very effective. I use to get allergy shots 2x a week. I also have asthma and even though I always have my inhaler, I mainly use homeopathy to control my respiratory problems. Also vitamin C, and yes nettle is great for you and for your allergy problems. I use to drink nettle tea when I breastfed.<br>
Good luck,<br>
Paula
 
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