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I've had horrid allergies to I don't know what since my last pregnancy. They've gotten horrible in the last couple months. I know it's something in my house that is making me crazy because when I leave the house (even if it's out in the cold) my nose and eyes dry up and I quit sneezing.<br><br>
I'm breastfeeding so I always figured I'd just deal with it and go unmedicated. It's gotten so bad that I can't take it anymore. I need something. I called my docs office and he said to take psudafed for 5-7 days (he knows I'm still BFing ds) and if things aren't better by then or if symptoms return after stopping the psuda to come in. I don't think going in will be productive because they'll want to refer me off to an allergist that I can't afford (already checked. waaaaaay too expensive). I'd love to go to an allergist and actually figure out what it is thats driving me crazy but, thats not going to happen.<br><br>
so, is psudafed really an ok thing to take while breastfeeding? Is he just telling me to take this to rule out a sinus infection (meaning: if it works it was an infection, if it doesn't work it's allergies)? Could the sneezing, watering eyes, and runny nose (totally clear btw) be caused by something other than allergies?<br><br>
Symptoms are definatly worse inside and seem to hit the worst after I wake up in the morning and go upstairs (or if ds wakes up in the middle of the night and I have to go upstairs to feed him) and about 20 minutes after I return home from running errands elsewhere. I have cats, dogs, lots of houseplants, and newer carpet and 3 year old furniture but I'm sure still full of dust and such. Is this a likely reaction to any of those types of possible allergins? The only thing I was ever the slightest bit allergic to prior to getting pregnant the second time around was rabbits, so this is all new to me.
 

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afaik, sudafed is fine during pregnancy and breastfeeding, BUT it might kill your supply so keep that in mind.
 

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You might also try getting some sublingual methyl b12 (fine to take while nursing). Sometimes lots of those types of allergies cropping up means your methylation pathways are suffering (they turn off histamine reactions, amongst other things) - and sublingual methyl b12 provides very fast support of methylation for a lot of people.
 

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oh! didn't know that. thank you!
 

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I've been having a lot of other medical problems effecting just about every system in my body and wondered if the allergies were just another result/side effect of whatever else is going on.
 

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Before you take the sudafed try Hyland's sinus tablets! They sell them at Whole Foods and some Walgreens or CVS stores.<br><br>
I have terrible allergies (I always have) and the Hyland's sinus tablets work like a mild form of sudafed but without any side effects. (At least any that I've noticed...) When I take sudafed then my throat gets really dry and it makes my heart beat faster and I feel strange in the head. I *hate* taking it because of the way it makes me feel!
 

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Have you tried a neti pot? This may help keep your nose clearer until you can fix the source.<br><br>
I would focus on the house and your diet. I say diet because I had terrible seasonal allergies, they got worse every year. I was using perscription nose spray for years. Finally, I cut out soy and had hardly any problems this summer. The soy was causing inflammation and my system to go haywire.<br><br>
You could do elimination diet while nursing, but may want to get professional help from a naturopath or simliar because you don't want to cause nursing issues.<br><br>
And focus on environment. It could be chemicals, dust, dust mites, mold, the carpeting...<br><br>
Maybe try getting an air cleaner for your bedroom and leave it on all the time and leave the door shut so you have one room with clean air? You may also want to get allergen covers for your mattress and pillows.
 
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