Terrible allergies!

@sunnflr (2770)
United States
August 4, 2008 2:57pm CST
My allergies have been awful this year! I told my husband that something in Alabama doesn't agree with me..lol. When we lived in Georgia I had allergies but they were just seasonal and would go away quickly. Since moving here two years ago I've had problems every single day! I take alavert d-12 which my doctor said was fine. It used to work great but now I still sneeze and my nose and eyes itch most all the time. I've scratched and wiped so much that I have little sore spots under my eyes and nose. If I can stop myself from scratching they go away, but sometimes it's hard! When I go back to the doctor next time I'm going to ask if there's something else I can do about this. We can't afford to move so I'll have to figure something out.
6 responses
• United States
4 Aug 08
allergies make things harder to get done for sure. i've been dealing with them for years and it's no picnic. nothing seems to help me so i don't take anything and save money. i'll suffer for free. :D
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@sunnflr (2770)
• United States
4 Aug 08
Sorry to hear nothing seems to work for you. I do know that when we go to different states mine get better. When we visited family in Oklahoma I had no problems, and when visiting friends in Florida it was great. Too bad I can't afford to move..lol. I hope you find relief somehow!
• United States
4 Aug 08
thank you. some days are better than others. i hope that someday you can moooove. :D
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@sunnflr (2770)
• United States
4 Aug 08
I hope so too. We really want to move back to Ga where my family is if possible. Hopefully in a few more years when my husband is more established in his current profession options will open up.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
5 Aug 08
My allergist says that this has been a bad year all around. We have been having fires here that have irritated people but in other parts of the country it is because of the different rain cycles and different molds or pollens being released at times they normally are not there. Even my wife who never has allergy problems is haviing to take medicines for it now.
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@sunnflr (2770)
• United States
6 Aug 08
That's interesting to know. Maybe mine would have got worse even living in Ga then, maybe I'm not allergic to Alabama..lol.
@cjmobxnc (140)
• United States
5 Aug 08
Have you tried Zyrtec? That was the one thing that my Dr. gave me that really worked. Now it is OTC, and it works just as well for me.
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@sunnflr (2770)
• United States
5 Aug 08
I looked into getting some zyrtec, but I believe it's strictly for allergies, not sinus also. I need medication for both unfortunately.
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
4 Aug 08
Hi sunnflr. Sorry to hear about your allergies, they sound rough. I think allergies are worse the farther south you go. I know I never had an allergy in my life that I know of until we moved to FL. Now, there are 4 or 5 months out of every year that I am just miserable. My doctor said that our hurricane, Hurricane Charley that happened on Aug. 13, 2004, stirred up "a lot of stuff in the atmosphere and in the bottom of the ocean" which has been causing alot of people to suffer from allergies. I feel bad for others who have allergies, because, before I had one, I just didn't understand how dreadful they make a person feel. Oh, the itching eyes sound like a real pain. Hopefully your doctor will have some more ideas about how to handle that symptom. My symptoms usually develop from about December or January and go til April or May, so whatever is budding then, is what I'm allergic to. My throat gets all sore, my nose gets runny, and I generally feel like crap. Hope your symptoms subside soon. Did you get new carpeting or furniture or something that is causing your symptoms? Just asking because I know someone that got new carpeting and it about drove her nuts. Well, good luck and hope you soon get to feeling better.
@sunnflr (2770)
• United States
4 Aug 08
We bought a new mobile home when we moved here. That may have something to do with it, I'm not sure. It could just be different stuff in the air also. Who knows.
• United States
4 Aug 08
just some helpful hints--i have major allergies too and it sucks. what i do so i dont have to take medications is 1. have someone massage your forehead, cheek line, jaw line with pressure you may hear crunches thats good it means they are breaking up the build up which will help clear away the mucous. 2. put vicks vapor rub on and in between your toes before you go to bed, why? because the vapor rub will open your sinuses and your toes happen to be a key point in sinus relief. 3. have someone give you a deep tissue foot massage this will also stimulate your sinuses and get you to feeling better. (the big toe and that paddy part under it are key areas.) 4. use boiling water and hover over the pan so your sinus warm up and drain away. be careful not to get to close as you will burn yourself of course. 5. drink lots of strong lemony substances with honey (example tea or water) warm the liquid up first then mix it with lots of lemon ( to rid the throat of mucus and heal the throat) and honey ( to coat the throat and protect it from drainage). i hope this helps you, if your afraid of infection (sinus infection) get some tea tree oil and mix with massage oil and rub it on your sinus areas (before bed as it may be kinda stinky) if bronchitis is an issues have someone rub your chest and back down with the mixture because it will work from the outside in and kill bacterias.
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@sunnflr (2770)
• United States
4 Aug 08
Thanks for all the tips. I'll definitely try some of them. I do get sinus infections if I skip my medicine. That's another difference between here and Ga. I usually only got a sinus infection once a year over there, and didn't take the alavert much at all. Here if I don't take it every day I will get an infection. Again, thanks for the tips.
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
9 Apr 09
I had a similar problem when I lived in Tuscaloosa!
@sunnflr (2770)
• United States
9 Apr 09
There really does seem to be something in the air in Alabama that my body just doesn't like. I'm trying to not take my sinus/allergy meds every day because they raise my blood pressure. Today is day three and my nose is running like a faucet, my eyes are watering, and I'm sneezing alot. I'll probably have to take the meds once or twice a week to keep it in some kind of check. UGH!
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
9 Apr 09
Personally I think its a combination of the humidity mixed with the dust, and variety of flowering trees.. There's in particular I remember where I live that when I woke up when day my Navy Blue car was now whitish yellow from the pollen! So much that it took nearly 10 minutes of washing and scrubbing to get it off of my windshield.. could it be.. hmm honeysuckle? Botany isn't my thing... One thing that seemed to help me was using a saline nasal spray about twice a week during the spring and summer months. I also drank plenty of water (more than usual) during these times.
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@sunnflr (2770)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I have started only taking my medication every three days. Means a little more runny, itchy nose and sneezing, but least I'm not taking it every day to raise my blood pressure! The pollen really is awful here!