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This is my first year of horrible seasonal allergies. I don't know if it's hayfever or what but it is pure misery.<br><br>
I only go outside for the last three weeks wearing a painter's mask and even then, I sneeze inside the mask. If I open a window, I get a sneezing fit inside the house from just the air through the window. It's crazy!<br><br>
I'm taking every homeopathic remedy suggested to me especially the Molecular Biologics antigen drops. No relief!<br><br>
I'm going into colds as my immune system gets so fatigued with the allergies.<br><br>
I would like to avoid drugs if at all possible but if I take drugs, I'm a nursing mama so I need something safe.<br><br>
Thank you for any advice!!
 

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My dad's hay fever was so bad that he used to get shots each year. He started going to acupuncture years ago, and hasn't had a shot since. He still has occasional allergy days, but nothing like before. He used to be bed ridden with them.<br><br>
I get occasional mild allergy attacks, and drinking some Emergen-C always makes me feel a little better, but I don't know that it would do much for full blown hay fever.
 

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Huge quantities of nettles and eyebright and red clover.<br><br>
Take it in tea -- a cup every hour or even more frequently. The nettles are actually a galactogogue so no danger to the nursing there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Don't bother with a painter's mask, they are next to useless.<br><br>
There were a few years I had nasty airborne-stuff allergies and the best summer I had with them was one where I was cleaning out a very dusty barn with lots of pigeon and bat manure accumulation and common sense (even if OSHA didn't require it) made me wear a half-face respirator. Despite sweating like crazy along the gasket edge of the mask, I LOVED that thing. I could breathe!!!! This is available from any decent hardware store. Get the filters (they are like small, thin, screw-on tin cans) that are for particulates and fumes...I think those are the ones with the purple banded label.<br><br>
Wear it when house cleaning or gardening or anything else that might stir up dust. Or wear it all the time when whatever you are bothered by is in bloom. I really enjoyed wearing mine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I am allergic to pollen, cats, dust, etc. I posted these suggestions on a previous thread about allergies. I've added some too:<br><br>
~ don't open the windows in your house when pollen count is at its highest (between 5 and 10am)<br><br>
~ use your air conditioning (if you have it) and don't open your windows at all on high pollen count days<br><br>
~ I get an email every day from pollen.com telling me what the pollen count is in my area and I plan my day accordingly<br><br>
~ 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...)<br><br>
~ use a neti pot to alleviate congestion<br><br>
~ give up dairy (it is *so* congesting!! this has helped me incredibly with my sinus problems)<br><br>
~ don't do the dusting or vacuuming (if you have to do this kind of stuff, at least wear a mask)<br><br>
~ don't have lots of carpets (hardwood floors are great!)<br><br>
~ get rid of stuff that collects lots of dust (stuffed animals are the worst!)<br><br>
~ 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!)<br><br>
~ don't hang your clothes or bed linens outside to dry -- they will get covered with pollen.<br><br>
~ 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).<br><br>
~ I take homeopathic tablets I get from Whole Foods (Hyland? I think that's the brand name)<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Thanks for that list!
 
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