Thursday, February 28, 2008

Another Day Off

I’m experimenting with a different allergy drug, Zyrtec I think is the name. It seems to be working, but it also makes it difficult for me to type and put my thoughts into words, although at least I’m functioning better than under yesterday’s regime. I was going to post this morning, but after a while I saw it still wasn’t worth it.

There used to be a liquid drug (I forget the name.) that worked wonderfully on my allergies when I was under attack and didn’t knock me out at all.

The FDA pulled it off the market, of course.


Christopher Johnson said...

I'll trade you your Zyrtec for my anti-inflammatory. I've gotten some REALLY nifty naps with that thing.

Little Miss Gullible said...

I had my first bout of hayfever today. It gets me really badly on the roof of my mouth. I wish there was something for it except medicines. The only solution seems to be easing the itching with a lot of hot fruit tea.

robroy said...

The best medical treatment for nasal allergies is a nasal corticosteroid (like Flonase) used daily and the oral antihistamines (Claritin, Allegra or Zyrtec) used for breakthrough symptoms. Most patients want do it the opposite way, take the pill daily and use Flonase optionally. The nasal corticosteroids really don't even start kicking in for several days.

Adding nasal saline makes the nasal corticosteroid more effective. Rinse the nose with the saline (salt water) first, then the nasal spray. I recommend Niel-Med Sinus Rinse which is a squeeze bottle and salt packs.

Lastly, you probably would benefit from allergy testing and shots. The best time to start is the winter months. Don't let them test you for food allergies. Skin testing for foods is very unreliable (~50% accuracy, I can get that accuracy from flipping a coin).

Any other questions can be sent by private message to robroy at SF or Titus.

Anonymous said...

You may find this hard to believe but Dimetap works wonders for me when I get really bad.

Have you also tried Alavert? I swear by it.

I also take Nasonex, but it doesnt seem to take care of all my symptoms on some days. That's when I supplement with either of the above.