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Topic # 112542 12-Dec-2012 06:46 Send private message

So its that time of year again, Nose gets stuffy and eyes get watery.

Ive tried nasal sprays, Zetop, Loratadine and Telfast tablets. None seem to be helping much!

What has worked for you guys ?




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  Reply # 731038 12-Dec-2012 06:55 Send private message

Getting a home ventilation system ala HRV, although you don't need a $5000 one. The one in our current house was about $800 installed and it makes a HUGE difference. Mind you what I am most allergic to is the black mould that grows on damp windowsills etc.

Telfast is the tablet I use most often. Loratadine is about as useful as a packet of tic tacs. I had good success with Rhinocort for a while several years ago, but then it stopped working practically overnight and has been no good ever since.




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  Reply # 731041 12-Dec-2012 07:06 Send private message

Yeah I use Zetop. Seems to do its job generally :)

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  Reply # 731050 12-Dec-2012 07:36 Send private message

I use the Lemon Juice Method.
When you get up in th morning....
Juice of half a lemon in s glass of water.
Microwave on high for 1 minute
Drink it at least 10 minutes before anything else.

You might laugh at it - but there are a lot of references around......And as we have a lemon tree - it was free to try.... and haven't looked back.
Has worked for me for over 5 years for the day to day hayfever. I had oreviously had every medication / pill / injection available without the results I get from the lemon juice. I keep eye drops and a nasal spray in the car just in case I need something extra... but have not needed them this year.


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  Reply # 731052 12-Dec-2012 07:49 Send private message

msukiwi: I use the Lemon Juice Method.

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I've never tried that. Can't see why it would work but like you, sounds relatively free to try. I might give it a go!




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  Reply # 731061 12-Dec-2012 08:08

Sinus rinsing/Nasal irrigation?
This product is available in all chemist shops:
http://www.neilmed.com/nz/sinusrinse_isotonic.php

Clears your nasal passages very well - no drugs - can use a couple of times a day.
Click on the how to use video - looks a bit bizarre - but doesnt hurt and I find it reduces the pressure.

I suppose logically it 'cleans' out the nasal area - so makes sense that it works.




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  Reply # 731063 12-Dec-2012 08:10 Send private message

Loratidine evenings, another one mornings (I forget the name). Nasal spray morning. Pseudoephadrine (prescription only) or phenylephadrine (over the counter) as required as a reliever.

If that doesn't work see a GP with a special interest in allergies or an allergy specialist. You can get treatment that will get rid of the allergy, but it costs $1000 per year, takes 3-6 months to start being effective, and you take it for 3-5 years before you're cured. I started it for dust mite allergy recently, I'll start on pollen in winter.




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  Reply # 731094 12-Dec-2012 08:52 Send private message

I usually take Alanaise nasal spray for hayfever and in the past it has worked well, but this year it did nothing!

It was so bad my doctor moved me onto Flixonase nasal spray and 3 Zetop a day. Does the trick.

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  Reply # 731104 12-Dec-2012 09:04 Send private message

Nasal spray takes a week or two to become effective.




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  Reply # 731112 12-Dec-2012 09:12 Send private message

you are allergic to something ... if it's removable (mold, dust, ?sudden alterations in humidity) great if it's not (pollen) you could move yourself but then again you can't guarantee won't happen elsewhere

do not use vasocontricting drugs long term as they cause it to get worse [very long scientific explanation] (medium - long term) - it's only a short term fix which for people like you - stay away

nasal steroids is your next best bet (the alanase, flixonase etc)

eucalyptus sometimes might work for you in small aliquots but don't shove the vicks stick up your nose and snort the heavens might open up

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  Reply # 731123 12-Dec-2012 09:18 Send private message

Cetirizine tablets help me. Used to purchase Zyrtec (spelling?) but now used a generic brand which I can't recall the name of. One in the morning during the week, maybe another at night while on holiday or weekends.

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  Reply # 731134 12-Dec-2012 09:38 Send private message

Using Loraclear, seems to work pretty well. Also found that using the air-con on recirculate when driving make a huge difference too.

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  Reply # 731139 12-Dec-2012 09:45 Send private message

SaltyNZ: Getting a home ventilation system ala HRV, although you don't need a $5000 one. The one in our current house was about $800 installed and it makes a HUGE difference. Mind you what I am most allergic to is the black mould that grows on damp windowsills etc.

Telfast is the tablet I use most often. Loratadine is about as useful as a packet of tic tacs. I had good success with Rhinocort for a while several years ago, but then it stopped working practically overnight and has been no good ever since.


where do you get an $800 hrv-like system installed?

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  Reply # 731145 12-Dec-2012 09:50 Send private message

I've had bad hayfever for the past few years and found Flixonase to be the best solution.

If things are really bad I'll take one of the diphenhydramine based allergy tablets I have. It's very hard to get anything with this in NZ as it's a 1st generation anti histamine and will make you drowsy (it's also used for sleeping disorders) but for me if works exceptionally well.

Around 10 years ago there used to be a tablet on the market with 250mg of pseudoephedrine in it. It was the ultimate immediate fix for bad hayfever, and obviously a dream come true for P makers as well which is why it disappeared from the market.



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  Reply # 731148 12-Dec-2012 09:52 Send private message

timmmay: Nasal spray takes a week or two to become effective.


Hey timmmay, If this was in reference to my Alanaise not working this year - I actually take it all year long, so in my case there was no lead in for me taking it when the hayfever hit - as I already was taking. Smile

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  Reply # 731150 12-Dec-2012 09:53 Send private message

nzkiwiman: Cetirizine tablets help me. Used to purchase Zyrtec (spelling?) but now used a generic brand which I can't recall the name of. One in the morning during the week, maybe another at night while on holiday or weekends.


Yeah - they're Zetop in their generic form.

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