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Fucking trees
Literally. The trees, and every other plant, are getting it on - and the pollen count is going nuts. I've had allergies my whole life, from early on until I left for college I got allergy shots on a regular basis - weekly tapering off to every 5 weeks. When I left for college my allergist said it was as good a time as any to cut them out. I also used to have powerful meds like Rynatan, Naldecon, and Breathine (those are from memories over a decade past, so spelling may be off) which would completely knock me out. I got in trouble repeatedly in high school for sleeping in class - like I had a choice with those drugs in my body. Say hello to Klaus!

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.

I am: miserable
Current Media: TiVo: Good Eats

azurelunatic From: azurelunatic Date: May 26th, 2003 12:09 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Happy fucking spring.

My allergies seem to have cleared up at the moment. Tree-sex season here has died down.
broestls From: broestls Date: May 26th, 2003 01:37 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
the allergy attack you described... I wouldn't be so quick to call it that. I'm just now getting over a week and a half stint of those exact symptoms. dlw described similar ailments last thursday.

I don't wonder if something is going around, in addition to the usual pollen permeating the air.
donnerjack From: donnerjack Date: May 26th, 2003 08:14 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
If you do end up going to a doctor for a scrip, ask him about Clarinex. It's the metabolite of Claritin and it's supposed to be wonderful stuff. I was never too thrilled with Allegra but a friend of mine's Mom is a doctor and he swears by Clarinex. And it comes in 24 hour doses, which is always convenient. :)
meranthi From: meranthi Date: May 27th, 2003 09:22 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Allegra only works on about 30% of the population, but for those few (lucky) people, it REALLY works. I'm trying not to buy Clarinex because it doesn't seem to be that different from Claritin but it's still prescription, so the drug companies get more money. Or maybe I'm just really cynical...
chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: May 27th, 2003 10:16 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yes, but when it's covered by health insurance, you pay significantly less, no matter who gets the result. Personally, I rather stick it to my HMO. They're the ones who started charging me $35 for a month's supply of Allegra because of what's now over the counter. It used to cost me $10/month. Now I have to spend $28/month on the Alavert over the counter. Cheaper than $35/mo but more than I used to spend. Clarinex and the others aren't even covered by my insurance at this point. It really sucks.
chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: May 27th, 2003 05:47 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Alavert has kicked in and is working wonderfully. No drowsiness (caused by the medication). It's too bad you couldn't find it. I saw it at the CVS in Winthrop yesterday. According to weather.com today and tomorrow are supposed to be 'moderate' allergy days.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: May 27th, 2003 09:20 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Alavert and Claritin have the same amount of the same active ingredient, so it should be the same effect.

So far, Day 3, it seems to be pretty good. I don't know if it is the pollen count going down and/or the drug, but the past two nights I slept better than I had been and today I feel a lot better - more energy, less aches.
chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: May 27th, 2003 10:14 am (UTC) (Direct Link)


Claritin is also available in bulk through CostCo. Don't know if that'll help you at all.
rerieru From: rerieru Date: June 2nd, 2003 01:46 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
i used to live in hay fever central in the middle of three of the great lakes, fortunately i've never suffered anywhere else. i always had the best luck with claritin not least because i can't swallow pills and they had no taste. yum :9 they definitely helped me more than anything else i've ever tried. the obvious thing is avoidance of course, if you go skipping through fields of ragweed you might need a stronger dose ;p i say to just stick with it for a week or two and see how it's working before deciding on any more drastic chemistry.