Tis the season to be sneezing. And itching. Last year around this time, I started going to an acupuncturist for my allergies. It seemed to help. This year, I'm feeling too broke to see Dr. Hao so I'm taking Benadryl....and sleeping like a baby. A coworker and friend of mine swears that tumeric, in powder form, mixed with ghee and water really does the trick. I'm wondering about bee pollen as well. If you have any advice to share about natural, non-chemical, non-costly things that work for your allergies, please do tell!

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Comment by Benny the Icepick on April 18, 2008 at 8:28am
FYI: ABQ's pollen count is posted to the city's website daily.
Comment by Mikaela Renz-Whitmore on April 18, 2008 at 12:13pm
Just got a homeopathic allergy nose spray from my acupuncture friend. Only tried it twice, but so far so good!

It's Luffeel Nasal Spray. Got it directly from her office, so not sure if it's available at stores...
Comment by CB on April 18, 2008 at 1:39pm
I take Flonase and the generic form of Claritin once a day (I think I just bought 120 pills for $14 at Smith's). Unfortunately, the Flonase is prescription only but it is the only thing that works for me that doesn't knock me out for a day. I use to have 6 weeks of problems, now I only have a day or two when the wind is really bad. I admire all of you that can take benedryl and function!!!!
Comment by neal copperman on April 18, 2008 at 2:17pm
I swear by neti pots too. I use mine twice daily year round (I'm an addict). It's just like your saline spray, but I find it wildly more effective. For me, snorting up a nosefull of saline did help keep my nasal passages moist, but it didn't clear my head at all. The neti pot goes much deeper then that and really opens things up for me.

That said, it is less effective for me during allergy season. It helps, but not much. I resort to Claritan-D, which usually makes a big difference. I swear there must be some sugar pills in there though, cause sometimes they do nothing at all!
Comment by Dr Dan on April 18, 2008 at 4:46pm
If you have health insurance, allergy shots, I've been getting them for a year now and I can see and hear (my ears clogged so bad it was like wearing ear plugs) and Flonase. I laugh at the ceder and juniper count now (but not too loud I still have days)
Comment by Zoe on April 18, 2008 at 5:13pm
I too am a fan of the Neti pot which is, I know gross. I have recently started taking the Costco generic version of Zyretin. I take it at night so who knows if it or my ever-present Ambien is what is making me sleepy. But, I am not in a coma the next day like I am when I take a Benedryl at night. Ahhh... better life through Chemistry and good old-fashioned H2O.
Comment by Christie Mc on April 18, 2008 at 10:47pm
Thank you all for your plethora of speedy responses---very helpful! I think I'm going to give the neti pot a go. My only fear is that I rigged up my own version of a neti pot using a soda straw and the saline quickly went so deep into my sinuses that one of my eyes swelled almost shut--it was painful too. I rushed to the doc and she administered a shot of corizone (ugh!) and all was well after that. She said she had never heard of such a thing (the swelling) happening w/ saline.
Comment by Christie Mc on April 18, 2008 at 11:17pm
Regarding my last post--I forgot to add that this incident happened a few years back. As a result, I'm feeling a liiiiiiiittle shy toward the neti pot.
Comment by neal copperman on April 18, 2008 at 11:18pm
Weirdness! Neti pots are pretty cheap and available at most places like Whole Foods and the Co-op. Cheaper then a trip to the doctor!

I think the main thing to keep in mind is that people react to things differently and what works for one person doesn't for another. Claritan-D (and really anything with Sudafed) works great for me. Actifed makes me depressed and violent. Allergy shots never did the trick for me, as an adult or a child, and I have years of horrible experiences with them. I don't think I'm going to try the saline soda straw trick!
Comment by Brendan on April 19, 2008 at 5:52pm
Is there something a neti pot provides that a turkey baster doesn't?


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