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  Reply # 732063 13-Dec-2012 14:36
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I have been using stuff >20yrs ... But right now in Welly, hasn't been that bad.

Nasal spray - get prescription.  I like Butacort 100.  You can get the 50 over the counter at the chemist.  They say 1 spray in each 2x a day, some times I need 2x.  Have to keep on using it and it may take a week before you get full potential.  If you skip a time, it loses the effect.  It's also not that good if you just use it when you have to.  So .. I take them like 2 months non stop and then evaluate.

Eyedrops.  I have found all eyedrops are only for relief.  I have tried the normal ones right up to $30 ones.  You just need to use maybe the cheaper ones so 4x a day.  The more $$ ones are less freq so not that ok for me.

Antihistamine - I take lora tabs which is the no frills of loratadine ... If they are not enough, you an consider the sedating ones but they make you sleepy.  Could also be taken at higher dosage as they are used as sleeping tablets too.  At the chemist thru the pharmacist.


I have not tried but I have been offered a steroid injection.  Prob cortecosteroid. 

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  Reply # 732289 13-Dec-2012 22:08
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Haven't read the full thread but people mention different drugs that work for them. These drugs and there generic versions have different active ingredients so it might be a bit hit and miss to find one that works best for you.

Allergies tend to vary over time. I didn't have problems till my late thirties and it is on the decline again after about ten years.

Try to get the allergens diagnosed so you can best manage the condition.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 732317 13-Dec-2012 23:08
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allergen testing may or may not be a good idea ...

what if you throw a positive to almost everything - then what? lock yourself in the oxygen chamber and never come out again? testing positive in the test does not necessarily equate to your condition - that is called a false positive ... then you start freaking out, getting paranoid, etc etc

just to throw a spin. yes there are times when allergy testing is appropriate but not for the sake of "let's find out" - no, don't. this is where your health professional comes in ...

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  Reply # 732364 14-Dec-2012 07:26
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Knowing what I'm allergic to (everything except mould) lets my doctor target the treatment I'm getting.




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  Reply # 732366 14-Dec-2012 07:51
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stuzzo: Haven't read the full thread but people mention different drugs that work for them. These drugs and there generic versions have different active ingredients so it might be a bit hit and miss to find one that works best for you.

Allergies tend to vary over time. I didn't have problems till my late thirties and it is on the decline again after about ten years.

Try to get the allergens diagnosed so you can best manage the condition.


I had issues with hayfever when I was a kid, and started noticing it again it my late 20's.

The effectiveness of drugs is something that does vary from person to person. I find all the mainstream antihistamine tablets pretty ineffective, but flixonase does work well for me as a preventative.

My biggest issue is that I get sore eyes which is annoying when you wear contact lenses, and many of the common eye drops aren't recommended for use with contact lenses. There are some eye drops available that I found to be really effective but are prescription only (can't recall the name off the top of my head).

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  Reply # 732515 14-Dec-2012 11:55
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timmmay: Knowing what I'm allergic to (everything except mould) lets my doctor target the treatment I'm getting.


there you go! so how does he "target" everything except mold? just curious ...

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  Reply # 732521 14-Dec-2012 12:08
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joker97:
timmmay: Knowing what I'm allergic to (everything except mould) lets my doctor target the treatment I'm getting.


there you go! so how does he "target" everything except mold? just curious ...


I'm on the treatment that gives you little bits of what you're allergic to, I forget the name. I'm taking the dust mite one now, and after summer I'll start on the grass and pollen ones.

If you're on a general treatment like antihistamines the test is useless. My last doctor didn't even send me for a test as he didn't know about the treatments. I moved to a more informed doctor.




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  Reply # 732524 14-Dec-2012 12:17
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desensitization

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  Reply # 732527 14-Dec-2012 12:20
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Kindof - Staloral immunotherapy. Not really sure how it works. Some info here




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  Reply # 733027 16-Dec-2012 03:37
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Tabasco.



Seriously, anything with chilli in it will do but the little bottles of Tabasco are so convenient.

It is fast. As soon as the liquid touches my tongue, the hayfever is gone. It is not reduced, not managed just gone, totally, in an instant.

Even if your major symptom is itchy eyes, the effect of Tabasco landing on the tongue is still instant.

Nobody to whom I have suggested this has ever reported trying it without success. My teenaged son hates spicy food but he found it so effective that he was a convert and sometimes, he even uses his pocket money to buy his own supply.

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  Reply # 733048 16-Dec-2012 09:13
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jpoc: Tabasco.
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As soon as the liquid touches my tongue, the hayfever is gone. It is not reduced, not managed just gone, totally, in an instant.


LOL, yeah, because you're now primarily concerned about trying to cool your tongue, which is now on fire! :D

Interesting tip tho, I'll have to try that!  How long does the effect last?  Also, what is the dosage?



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I believe one of my nostrils are permanently blocked as I cannot inhale or exhale properly from that nostril. Its weird, but I will consult my gp next week.
It has been like this for a while but I know im getting more and more curious as to what is happening.




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  Reply # 733061 16-Dec-2012 09:46
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Could be deviated septum. Google it.




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  Reply # 733064 16-Dec-2012 10:17
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timmmay: Could be deviated septum. Google it.


This is what it'll be. I had an operation for it a few years ago.



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  Reply # 733086 16-Dec-2012 11:27
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How'd the operation work out for you? Any problems, recommend it or not? I need it too.




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