Under the influence

I’m not usually bothered by spring allergens – most of my known offenders are the fall variety. I am having a heck of a time this season, however. Anyone else in the same boat?

I’ll admit it’s getting a little silly. My progression of antihistamines is starting to affect the blog. My last post, under the influence of Benadryl (a drug of last resort) was loopy to say the least.

Claritin doesn’t seem very effective any longer. Zyrtec makes me as sleepy as Benadryl and doesn’t work as well. If any of you have found the secret to a sneeze-less summer, please, let me know.


  1. I have chronic sinus problems year round. The only thing that works effectively for me is Claritin-D. It’s a pain in the tush to get it, thanks to the feds thinking everyone is going to make meth with it, but the agony can be devastating without it.

  2. My two cousins and I were just discussing allergies. (By the way, some people notice allergies increase with age–theirs increased once they hit 50.) They both found some natural relief without the dead-brain side effects of the drugs.

    One said chewing 3 chewable vitamin Cs in succession helped stop her allergy runny nose. The other said her allergies really kicked up last year and this year, so she is using a cure someone told her about: propolis. So far-so good.

    Propolis is a resinous mixture that bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, etc. She puts some in a teaspoon of honey every morning and carefully swallowed it. She cautioned that the propolis was very sticky and so avoided getting it on her teeth and lips. Probably some hunting on the internet or asking at a health food store might give you tips on taking it. NOTE: Do not take propolis if you have a bee allergy.

    I did find this posting, which mentions using it for allergies instead of prescription / OTCs that only work as long as they are in your system. http://liegeman.wordpress.com/2008/04/09/propolis/
    I have often put awful tasting tinctures into gelatin capsules to avoid the taste.

  3. If you’re already suffering, the lack of the decongestant in the non-D version of Claritin makes it a non-starter. I second capper’s recommendation of the -D version, even if it is a bear to get (the feds were stupidly copying Wisconsin).

  4. Dan, you obviously have never tried to get a decongestant that works (i.e. pseudophedrine) late at night or on a Sunday, or for a family of 5 through which a cold is running its cycle. I am extremely fortunate that a Walgreens with a 24-hour pharmacy is within walking distance, and at least in this instance, that I don’t have to worry about buying for anything approaching 5 stuffy noses.

  5. The whole family had an early fall cold just after the new law went into effect. I popped in to buy a box for each college student, one for the husband to pack for travel, and one for home. Mind you, this was a place that had filled every family prescription since the day they opened the door – and I was made to feel like a criminal for even asking. I was patted on the head, told I could have one box, and sent away with a warning that I should not try to buy any more for a month.

    (I did share, but told the boys, both over 18, that they were on their own. The husband I had to supply.)

  6. Cindy–My brother had the same problems as you (Claritin wasn’t working anymore and Zyrtec made him too sleepy). He now uses Allegra-D. But I can’t remember if that is OTC or by prescription.