Pollen assault in South Florida

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imagardener2
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   Posted 1/17/2012 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow I haven't had this kind of allergy attack in over 20 years. At first I thought it was the flu because it came on so sudden, no fever arrived but everything else did, achy body, clogged sinuses, laryngitis, feeling like death warmed over. After 2 weeks I finally could almost function again and then it hit again! I'm on my 16th day of feeling like h*ll.

I went to weather.com and looked at the pollen maps and sure enough my area has everything going on at once: tree pollen, mold spores and grasses. It has been a very warm winter so nothing died and everything is in bloom at the same time.

My husband got the same attack about a week after mine. Claritin is my salvation for me but didn't help him at all so we tried Zyrtec, no improvement. He tried Allegra next and bingo, cleared him up. I then tried Allegra and it did nothing for me. Weird isn't it?

What's new in the pollen allergy medicines? Anything in an Rx that would make my life less miserable?

Red_34
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   Posted 1/17/2012 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you are feeling so poorly :( No new miracle meds unfortunately are on the market but you can do things to help eliminate the pollens in your home.

Keep windows closed, wear an over shirt when going out and remove it before coming in the house as well as brush your hair outside before entering. If you have pets, give them a quick brush before letting them in. Keep the air moist in your home; this will help dampen down the pollen and it won't free float around your home. Use a hepa filter on your furnace or an air purifier. Wash bedding and curtains frequently in hot water.

You can also use Saline nasal sprays or a Netti-pot (with sterile water) frequently. Or if you want to go heavier duty, go to the doc for a steroid nasal spray such as Flonase, Aquacort, Astelin etc.

I hope you guys feel better soon! Allergies are horrible!
SHERRY
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Diagnosed Left sided UC in '92 - meds: 6mp, Colazal, Remicade and Bentyl*Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines*, in '11 diagnosed with IBS, Diverticulosis, Fibromylagia..I also have Sacroiilitis, Scoliosis, Raynauds, OA, PA, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Dry Eye and allergies controlled by Zyrtec and Singular

imagardener2
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   Posted 1/18/2012 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks Sherry

I have been keeping indoors as much as possible with doors/windows closed. I also cranked up the free-standing humidifier purchased a couple years ago because it has been soooo dry (31% humidity) and that has helped a lot too. Thank God for Claritin D. And thanks for letting me know nothing new is available that is better.

I'll have to look into the hepa filter. We get our HVAC system checked up once a year and they are coming in a week. Is the filter something we can do or best done by a professional? How much $$ are we talking? (No furnace in Florida :-) i guess it's a heat pump for AC and heat.

This morning I feel much better but the pollen map says tomorrow and Friday are in the red range (highest).

Red_34
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   Posted 1/19/2012 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Normally you can get the hepa filters at most home improvement stores, unless you have a specialized heating/cooling system. I get mine at Home Depot and they are about $30 - sort of expensive but my furnace takes a larger filter. Hepa's can be costly but well worth it. My whole household suffer from allergies and the Hepa's really seem to help.
SHERRY
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imagardener2
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   Posted 1/19/2012 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the Hepa/Lowes advice. My DH has looked there last year and couldn't find the size needed. He was so nice yesterday and spent hours talking on the telephone and looking online for a replacement filter. Finally the HVAC people who maintain (and originally installed) our unit called back with good news. They can put in a MERV 11 filter. Not a HEPA because apparently a lot of metal work would have to be done to retrofit a HEPA but now we know what a MERV is and are happy with that as a solution.

It isn't the indoor air that has been my problem but since I can't do anything about the outdoor allergens at least I can clean up the indoor air as much as possible. Last night I started vacuuming the return air grilles which were filthy (gives an idea about what's in the air huh?) and today I am washing them.

Feeling much better today, yesterday was awful. Talked to some local friends and they know many who have the same thing I do but some of them are calling it a virus (but I think that it is not, know in my case it is not a virus).

Red_34
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   Posted 1/19/2012 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
It's good that you have a solution :) Good luck and I hope things improve for you!
SHERRY
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Diagnosed Left sided UC in '92 - meds: 6mp, Colazal, Remicade and Bentyl*Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines*, in '11 diagnosed with IBS, Diverticulosis, Fibromylagia..I also have Sacroiilitis, Scoliosis, Raynauds, OA, PA, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Dry Eye and allergies controlled by Zyrtec and Singular

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   Posted 1/20/2012 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
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Joan Martin
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   Posted 1/24/2012 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

I also have pollen allergy, it's not so bad, just sometimes, but I love doing sports and sometimes is hard with my allergy. So I tried different stuff over the years and I am always looking into the new stuff that's coming on the market because I just want to know what works best for me. And now I am hearing more and more abut these nose filters, never tried them, did anyone of you tried them? Are they good? Are there more kinds?

Thanks a lot!
Joan

imagardener2
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   Posted 1/25/2012 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never seen/heard of those nose filters. Do you have a link? I tried using a damp bandana but that's useless.
My condition is way better, under control with Claritin D but husbands is worse. He's now moved to Allegra D, fingers crossed. One of my friends has been on prednisone hers was so bad.
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