When I get an allergy attack like that, showering helps. It gets any pollen off that may be on me and I think that the steam helps too.
Don't drive in the car with your windows down (that's just asking for trouble, IMO). If your allergies are acting up, close up your windows at home and turn on the AC.
Remember that allergies are additive. This means that you can be around something you're a little allergic to and maybe only have some very mild symptoms, if any at all, but, if you add in another thing that you're mildly allergic to, your symptoms may be much, much worse. You might get away with being around either one of those things separately (either location-wise or on different days) and not even notice there's an allergy, but you'll never get away with being around both. So, the more you can reduce allergens in your environment, the less likely you will be to have an allergy attack if you are exposed to something else you are allergic too, but have no control over. There's a bunch of advice online about allergy-proofing your home. Of course, you don't need to do everything suggested, you just need to figure out what works for you and how much you need to do.
A serious enough allergy attack can actually land you in the ER, so I think it's best to prevent things from getting out of hand, if possible. Medication can definitely help. My favorite OTC medication is the 12 hour chlorpheniramine. It's been around for many years and it's kind of hard to find these days (as the newer meds are so much more fashionable and profitable to stock, I guess, LOL), but they do sell it at CVS (and online). Sometimes, I also need to take Sudafed with that (which my doctor told me was fine to do). My allergies absolutely laugh at all other allergy pills, both OTC and prescription. With allergies, you need to figure out what works for YOU and I definitely recommend that you work with your doctor on this.
"my eyes and throat were burning and my chest and nose practically staged a protest against my breathing ability...I got dizzy and nauseous, in a word, miserable." This sort of misery is what allergy meds are made to prevent (or at least to shorten the duration of, when it gets to this point).
Saline sprays can help as can showering and washing your hair after being outdoors. If you have air conditioning use it rather then having the windows open. Keep a humidifier running,
Check your pollen counts and plan your outdoor activities accordingly. Stay inside on windy days.
Don't dry dust, use a spray or one of the pads that catches the dust.
I don't know why you don't want to take meds but if it happens often you might want to talk to your doctor. There are nasal sprays which work quite well as well as eye drops. I live on Flonase and Patanol eye drops. I also take Zyrtec everyday. For me, it's necessary to function. I've also completed 2 rounds of allergy shots so I'm sure you guess how bad my symptoms used to be! The newer meds do not make you sleepy and don't leave you with a dry mouth. Not all of them work alike, for example, Allegra is like taking a placebo for me but I have a friend who does great with it.
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I take an antihistamine daily out of necessity. Some of my allergies affected me so much that I was referred to Hospital and had extensive tests to rule out heart problems.
Some things that you CAN do to help reduce the effect of environmental allergans:
Vacuum frequently and preferably with a Vac.Cleaner with a Hepa Filter System, and empty the cleaner each time. I wrap mine up in old newspaper rather that shake it outside only to have the allergens get up my nose.
Keep windows closed, especially if it is dry and windy.
Chose when and where you go for a walk. I discovered by that my village, which is known as 'the flower village' is NOT a good place for me to go walking if the day is a bit windy, or if there are tons of particular plants in bloom. Instead I get my walks inside by putting my laundry and groceries away one at a time. In fact, I have just gotten in a 1/2 hr walk by doing just that. There are other reasons for the walk inside, too, not just allergies.
Think of something like a neti pot. A lot of people swear by them.
Hi everyone, just looking for some help--I've never had bad summer allergies--maybe a sniffly day here or there--but the other day, I felt like I was under some crazy hay fever attack. In a couple hours after being out of the house, my eyes and throat were burning and my chest and nose practically staged a protest against my breathing ability! I got dizzy and nauseous, in a word, miserable. I'd never taken allergy meds before and didn't want to jump on it--after being home and lying down (not to sleep, though--I was so uncomfortable), then taking a shower, I was much better but just weak and feeling like I'd had the wind knocked out of me. I totally sympathize with those of you who have to deal with this on a regular basis and would love your take on any non-medicine ways you get some relief from similar symptoms. Thanks SO much!
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