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 Lynn on April 18, 2008 at 11:13am
I had a doc who swore by neti pots, which you use to wash out your sinuses with salt water. Too icky for me, but haven't gotten desperate enough yet. Can't take anything but Benadryl, so I rely on saline spray for my poor nose and allergy eye drops which help a lot. Have resorted to a sinus spray a couple of times this week just to get through the day. And, I keep telling myself it's just for a few more weeks.
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 Lynn on April 18, 2008 at 3:43pm
Unfortunately, pseudophedrine (the "D" in decongestants) makes me clean the grout until 2 AM. There's a reason it's a key ingredient in making meth.

As for Claritine (as well as Zyrtec, I have found), it has a side effect of making me profoundly depressed...to the point of needing some sort of medical help. The first time I snapped to it, it took me a long time to find any mention of depression as a side effect. Now, the news has Singulair as causing depression. Thought I'd add that to the discussion, since I have spoken with some people about it and they allowed as how they had noticed feeling awfully low as well. And we are so not depressed kind of people.
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.


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