Friday, March 28, 2008

Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Nose
Ah... it's spring here in the valley. Well, it's always spring here... but right now is when the most plants are in bloom. The winter grass is dying and the summer grass is starting to come in. The sweet smells fill my nose... and.... I ...a... aaaa..... aaaaaaaaa....... ACHOO!! Ugh. Excuse be. Gah! Spring is such a wonderful season, but I spend it with itchy ears, watery eyes, a plugged nose, sore throat and plenty of sneezes to share! I've tried several different allergy meds, but they just make me crazy. Most of them make me feel sluggish - not the best way to feel when one is trying to keep up with the kiddos. Does anyone else suffer from seasonal allergies? Do you have some kind of magical allergy pill that helps you out? Mind sharing what the name of it might be? I don't want to go to a doctor. It's not THAT bad yet. And I don't think we could pay for a prescription anyway... so, any over the counter suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

11 comments:

Magirk said...

Sorry, I've got nothin' for you. :(

I've never suffered from seasonal allergies, except once when we moved to a house out in the country (more out in the country than we are now...?). It was 3 years ago, and it was the weirdest thing. I'd never had them before, then suddenly I was overcome by them! For only 3 months. Then it was gone, and I haven't had them since. (knock on wood)

I did try some Claritin (?) I think. Is that OTC now? I don't remember if it helped.

Sorry. But good luck finding something! I hope you're not miserable for months like my brothers are during the spring. They get it bad, but I'm not generally bothered, funny enough.

Doran & Jody said...

Oh man. Good luck. I never had allergies until I was pregnant with my second. After that they were so bad I went and had the shots. I feel so much better now. But before I got those, the Claritin seemed to work pretty good for me. I can mow the lawn now. (Is that a good thing? hmm)

Yvonne said...

I don't have allergies (knock on wood). Sorry that you're suffering. My kids take Claritin and it seems to work for them.

Kimberly said...

We use the equate brand from walmart whenever we visit Neil's family (smokers...with cats - oi!), and it's lovely. No drowsiness, and it works for us.

I suggest getting some simple eye drops too though. The watery eyes thing actually results in dry eye, which feels yucky and can lead to headaches.

Jessica said...

I have this same problem, although it is snowing here today! CRAZY! So not quite yet, but I have found NOTHING that helps....ahhh gotta love it!

christy said...

Here's my advice for OTC - go to walmart and pick up the generics (walmart brand) for Chlortrimeton (less drowsy than others and super cheap) and the allergy eye drops (real name is escaping me) but the walmart bottle says" sterile eye allergy relief". subtitle is itching and redness reliever. It's about half the cost of the name brand, which it's really bugging me that I can't remember the name of it! Anyway, the eye drops sting like nobody's business when you first put them in, but within 5 minutes you will feel a dramatic difference! My mom also recommends a daily nose squirt of plain sterile saline solution (found near the sinus sprays) twice a day to keep your sinuses cleaned out.

As for prescriptions, I'm a huge fan of Allegra (Claritin makes me drowsy... weird...) and Flonase for the sinuses. They really make a huge difference for me!

thanks for the tip on the blog stuff... I will make a junk blog that I tell no one about just to play around with!

Jean Knee said...

benadryl, old but still good

just like me

Bonnie said...

Benadryl knocks me out & I can't function. I have used Zyrtec with some success. Also Alavert D. Both can be a bit pricey. Watch for coupons. Good luck. I hate allergys. There are some days when I just want to crawl in to bed and die. Let me know if you need any other ideas.

christy said...

Just remembered the name for the eye drops! They are called "Naphcon-A". If you can't get generic, but the name brand... totally worth it, even though they are about $10 a bottle, but the bottle with last forever!

diana said...

i never had a problem with allergies until i moved here to colorado. it's better now, but the first few years i spent the entire springtime sneezing. i just took over the counter stuff. didn't always work the greatest but i never seeked out anything better. i'm glad those days are over.

oh, bless you (i heard you sneeze :])

Nancy Face said...

Ugh, I'm sorry! :(

My hubby and my daughter-in-law suffer from allergies, and Claritin Non-Drowsy works for them. Good luck!