Anyway, by the time I got to college my allergies had decreased dramatically, and I usually just had a few days here in there in the spring and fall when they acted up. (I'm allergic to mold and mildew, so the rotting stuff in the fall gets me.) And I've remained strongly allergic to just about anything with fur - like cats, and especially dogs. So I haven't really bothered with allergy medications for over a decade. A day or two of congestion was tolerable.
Not this year. I've been suffering what feels like a prolonged allergy attack for a couple of weeks now. Runny nose, stuffy head, headaches, sometimes a little wheezing - and generally feeling like a truck ran me over. Going over to friends' homes where there are pets gets to me faster now - allergens tend to be cumulative, while I can cope with some pets in limited doses if I'm already suffering it isn't fun. Last night and tonight I was hanging out at usagijer's, where there be bunnies, and it left me very sniffly during and after. Even before going over I wasn't having fun - a long stretch in the shower set to just shy of scalding helps for a while.
So I decided to go with better living through chemistry and I picked up Claritin on the way home. I picked up a 20 pack, and it is a one-a-day pill, so I'll see how it works over the next few weeks. I took the first one a couple of hours ago, and I think it is helping - but I also did a stint in the steam at the time. Looks like Alavert and Claritin are the same thing, I picked Claritin because someone left a coupon sitting on the shelf which made it a better deal. :-)
Mildly amusing was that the alergy med area at CVS was a war zone - the shelves were almost bare. Most of the various pack sizes of Alavert and Claritin, and all of some of the others, were completely gone. It was completely picked over - I guess a lot of people have been suffering this year.
So, if this fails, I guess the next step is seeing a doc about Allegra.