Is it healthier to suffer through allergies or take antihistamines?

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   Posted 4/12/2013 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I just wonder if its best for someone with severe pollen/ragweed/nature allergies to take antihistamines or to just suffer through allergy season?

More specifically, is my immune system taking a beating?

Can we talk about how terrible this season is this year?! My lord, even my friends whom never have allergies are becoming a target.

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   Posted 4/12/2013 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I swear by my allergy injections. Since getting on them I don't have any symptoms. A tiny shot every 2 weeks has made all the difference in the world. No antihistamine pills, no drowsiness..... My body makes its own immunity from being given the allergen to work on.

I actually take 2 shots because I have several different allergies. I had grass pollen added to the other pollens when I had problems in a particularly bad season. My second shot is for mold & mites.

The shots don't hurt. They were hurting in my little, thin, no fat shoulders and I had 2 surgeries there, so I switched location to my backside. When nobody has been around to do them for me I have done them myself in my thigh, like my grandmother used to take her insulin. Same type needle - smallest and shortest I can get - see the pharmacist. The shot is only sub-cutaneous, not deep into muscle.

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   Posted 4/12/2013 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Why suffer if you don't have to?? And yes, your immune system does take a beating - or it's more like the immune system is the beat"er". Having uncontrolled allergies can cause havoc on the system such as ours (Uc'ers). It gets riled up and goes on the rampage.

It's best to get it under control via antihistamines, natural or prescription/otc, or allergy injections. Btw, my daughter who has severe allergies, did two years of allergy injections and now she doesn't suffer as bad as before. She chose to stop them because she had to go to the drs office to receive her injections due to possible reactions.
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   Posted 4/12/2013 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Allergies untreated tend to get worse and worse. Every time the immune system is challenged again with an allergen, it reacts more quickly and in a more extreme manner. A runny nose can easily progress to life-threatening asthma, an itchy nose to anaphylaxis if left untreated long enough.
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