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I have been using Reactine for a while which has the same medical ingredient as Zyrtec and it helps a lot. However I recently read that regular/long term use of antihistamines can cause weight gain because it increases hunger.

Has anyone else found this to be true? I am going to try to go off of them to see if it helps if my allergies are manageable.


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Histamine is a neurotransmitter which, in addition to mediating the inflammatory response, and thus symptoms of allergies, suppresses appetite. Thus, antihistamines, which work by blocking the H1 histamine receptor, may remove this appetite suppressing signal.

Not surprisingly, a paper published in the journal Obesity suggests a possible link between the use of anti-histamines and body weight.


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Interesting, think I have seen it before but don't know exactly what the last 2 ingre. are?

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Has anyone tried this?


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I have to go back to the doctor for a check up because i still take 5mg of prednisone and i would love to get off it and go back to shots. The allergies have changed thru the years and the prednisone may be keeping some of it away. I am bothered at nite especially, woke this morning with my face all blotchy and puffy, goes away once i am up and then have the drippy stuffy nose and sneezes. Never can figure out how the sinuses can drip and be stuffy at the same time but is annoying and so is losing sleep. I do take the Zyrtec but benedryl helps more but I try not to take it. My oldest daughter is constantly covered with rash and scratches in her sleep til she draws blood, hands dry and crack and then it goes away from the hands and comes back. I am trying to get her to go in for a shot, drives me crazy to see her so miserable. I tell her you didn't listen to be when you were younger still don't listen. going to make me itch watching her. Benedryl helps a lot but she won't take it unless she is on a day off. emoticon

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Years ago, I had allergy shots (others in my family are still on them) until I developed and allergy to them accompanied by a major systemic reaction. They tried a number of new batches. It seems I lack a fairly common antigen and made lots and lots of antigens against the ones in the injections. That means I mostly skip flu shots and other vaccines. My other choice for anything serum based is taking lots of antihistamines to lessen the reaction some. My rabies titre (yes I did react to it, but got that vaccines anyway) and other titres from earlier vaccines still look good, so boosters aren't needed as long as I still have a good titre, so hopefully I am vaccinated for life.

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I was getting cortisone shots every 3 months which worked the best after years of OTC meds, nasal sprays, salves, oils etc. The shots were the best but now needed to go on prednisone so too much med in that field, got rid of one thing and allergies were able to get worse. Interrupts my sleep, itches back, etc. Hoping I am done with prednisone and get back on the shots, need to have labs done to find out shortly. I am taking zyrtec at nite but it is not strong enuff to make it thru the nite.

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I am on both Zyrtec (generic) and Rhinocort. I have asthma though too so I use Albuterol prior to exercise and Advair as well.

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I take an RX from the Doctor. It has worked for several years for seasonal allergies and I am allergic to my long hair cat. But he will stay I have had him since he was six weeks old.

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I am allergic to everything outside, so I just get shots every 2-4 weeks. I also tested positive to 55 foods, but after doing an elimination diet, I am actually allergic to 5. Since I found out, I have lost 47 lbs! Then, I got a puppy at Thanksgiving. He got me up 2-4 times a night, so I was too tired to get up at 4:30 to work out. Then, since I was tired, I depended on coffee and sugar to wake me up. Now, he is sleeping through the night and I need to do something to keep from buying a bigger size pants! I thought I would try joining up with a team here to keep motivated and to learn better ways of dealing with things that throw me off.

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One thing I do which helps is facial massage, pressure point massage, and neck and head massage. These things tend to relax the sinus pressure and release tension helping reduce inflammation.

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I take a lot of prescription medicine but I still have problems. I use peppermint oil which seems to help a lot. I need to use the saline spray more frequently. Had problems with the nasal rinse. It was really uncomfortable and had problems with it draining out for up to a few hours afterward. I use phenylephrine(OTC) to reduce draining and when I am stuffy, I use guaffensien/generic for Musinex(OTC). I have used oregano oil in the past in a dilute spray from Puritan's Pride. I didn't think it did much. I also have used a roll on from Spa Room which unstuffs me a bit. I need to use the humidifier more since it is winter here. I had a sinus infection for three months and was on antibiotics several times and also steriods. So, I can't say as I am very successful. However, I don't give up. Can't, I would be permanently stuffed. So, I guess, a combo of holistic and medical things keeps a somewhat balance. The prescription medicines I take are Azelastine nasal spray, Azelastine eye drops, Fluticasone Propionate/Nasonex, Montelukast/Singulair, Ceterizine/Zyrtec, and Chromolyn Sodium(as needed). I also have an epipen for shrimp, bees, and wasps. If anyone has suggestions, I am open to them!

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Mine seems to work most of the time but some days it don't work.

My drug store gave me a spray of seawater and that clears my head for a while, but it is cheap


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I also use OTC nasal spray, but stick to the non-medicated saline spray, generic from CVS. Herbalife has two products that help breathing. They are Schizandra and Roseguard taken together 3 times a day. I even take them just before I go to bed to help me sleep.

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I use nasal sprays, OTC Antihistamines, and Benadryl. I also have this brand called "Fast Relief" that's a powder you apply directly to the tongue, and it works in 15 minutes max

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I generally take Allergex or Loratadine. I pop them by the day nowadays, as we are in the height of allergy season in South Africa.

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I have to be careful what I take so I had a talk with my local chemist ans he gave me refined Sea water. I thought he was joking (known him a long time) but works very well.

I don't have to take it every day but when I do it works right a way

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Zyrtec D and Benadryl every day.

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Has anyone tried using essential oils to help with their allergies?

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I avoid grass! I also get monthly shots. Used to have to take prednisone and use cortisone cream, but the shots seem to be working now.

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I get kenalog shot that really helps for months!

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I was getting shots once a year, using neti pot regularly, nasal spray, and otc allergy meds. Just was diagnosed two weeks ago with allergy asthma. Have an inhaler now and have not needed any meds since. I go to a allergist this week for first time. Not sure why I waited this long to go.

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Zyrtec also works the best for me but I also have to change it up every year or so. It may be different any time now....

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My doctor suggested I change it up every now and again, so I went from Zyrtec, to Xyzal, which are very similar, and change back now and then. I also went back on Claritin and Allegra for periods of time but found they did nothing for me anymore.

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I have found that zyrtec works best for me

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I take xyzal as well...had a sinus infection for two weeks now..been on antibiotics but can't shake the headache/sinus pressure...any suggestions?

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OTC Allegra and Nasacort

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OTC Zyrtec and fluticasone nasal spray

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None so far but antihistamine helps


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what kind of allergy test have the drs done each time U move U have to be test for outdoors pollens



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I have taken allergy shots once a week, since I was about 1 year old.

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Claritin D if I'm having a really bad day, regular Claritin if not. Also started using a nasal spray called Fluticasone which is a generic of... something I can't remember now.

Works wonders, I was able to actually go outside when the Cottonwoods were blooming and not be miserable.

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Cutting down scotch broom. avoid with less drugs.

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Claritin works pretty well. But you need to take it on a regular basis

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Zyrtec works best although I found a Vicks Qlear Quil works well too. I agree with the one gals post - any day that is migraine free is an EXCELLENT day!

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The shots are a God send. This is my best spring since I quit them 10 years ago. Started back on shots in March and I cannot believe the difference.


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Shots work best. I actually need to get back into my doctor's office to get another one. I was using claritin for awhile, but that quick working. I'm using Allegra right now. Not sure what I'm going to get when I go to the store tomorrow, because I don't know if I can afford Allegra until next week.

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new here.
I use Benedryl only when I absolutly need it, broke out in welts(hives) from who knows what. sinuses acted real bad this spring and ended up with fluid in earfor a while.
use nettie pot oregano drops rolled around mouth and swallowed it thins muscus. and a little tea tree oil rubbed around on sinuses seemed to help as well for stuffy
eyes got milky to look through this year for about a week.
drinking water water Water!!! to combat thick mucus as well

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shots, zyrtec, benadryl and flonase

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cortisone creams when my skin erupts

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I use a Netipot 2x a day, an inhaler before going outside, Aerius first thing in the morning and 2x a day a RX nasal spray. But, I'm blessed to not need medications for anything else!

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I use Flonase Spray and Loratidine. I buy that over the counter at Sam's Club and get two bottles of 300 for $15.

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flonase (spelling ?) nasal spray

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I used to use Claritin D but I have been on a quest to try and be more healthy in everything I taken in to my body, so I quit taking the clartin d and only used my neti pot. It was rough going, I really only started to fill normal again after I started to take this great aloe vera vitamin called xfactor. Now I don't go a day without it! No more stuffy nose, no more headaches and congestion, its wonderful!



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Hi people I'm new to this site I was wondering if your seasonal allergies gave you more migraines if any one has migraines..lol I take flonase

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Zyrtec and occasional Mucinex.

Alfalfa tablets do help dry out the sinuses, but isn't great if you have a sinus infection and need to drain them instead of drying them.

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Still working on figuring this one out.

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I've used allegra and zyrtec.



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I have done allergy injections for nearly 6 years, take an over the counter brand of zyrtec (changed from Claritin a couple years ago), and also use a neti pot.

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Loratadine, simply saline, and neti pot has worked well for me!

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I use my Neti Pot every day. Have year-round allergies.

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I take Xyzal and have been on allergy shots for 5 years. The shots have helped A LOT!

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I take singular, Xyzal, Veramyst, Symbicort, and Spiriva Handihaler which combined gives me water retention. Hate it.

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I am glad they were able to help you. All these allergies are so hard to pin down to one med that can help. i still get cortisone shots for the skin allergies every 3 months and I take Atarax and use Nasacort fir my nose but those nasal allergies have been very mild, seems like my body now shifted to the skin allergies. At least now i am comfortable. Have a great day. Very dry and lower 80s/upper 70s , windy so the pollen is flying. Georgine

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Hi everyone. I have allergic asthma. Currently I am getting 3 Xolair shots every 2 weeks. I have been getting them now for 5 months and they have been a god send. After not being able to breathe for a year and constantly fighting pneumonia I finally found a doctor that was able to get to the bottom of the problem. Getting insurance helped also to be able to afford specialist. I also take Zyrtec and have 4 different meds (inhalers and nebulizer) for breathing

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i know I have said i was on allergy shots for a long time and the allergist took me off so now it is the sking allergies bothering me most. I only had to pay $200 a shot, I can imagine what they are charging now.. but if they work they are worth it. Lots of wind here today so it will be blowing the pollen bothering a lot of people. all I have now is a drippy nose and some sneezing. . georgine

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I get allergy shots every two weeks and I also do sinus flushes when there is a lot of pollen in the air.

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i was going to mention the NeilMed Nasa Mist myself in this post. It is sitting right here by my computer where it is handy. It works very well. No drugs,

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I do sinus rinsing on a regular basis, especially in the height of allergy season here in FL! The best one I use is Neilmed sinus rinse, the one your squeeze yourself. Not the turbocharged one. It has kept me for years from not getting a sinus infection. Until this year, I slacked off and wham...got the infection.
It was a really BAD year here and from what I hear all over the country! I used assorted RX meds for my allergies. Have had them now for 16 years.

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When I was a kid, I took Sudafed, and I remember it worked very well. The last few years I moved and my allergies have returned, I've been taking Benedryl but it doesn't do much for sinus infections so I have resorted to using a neti pot for that and whenever I'm congested, this year my allergies seem to be the worst ever, Benedryl works mildly, I have an appointment in a month or so to try and get a prescription for allergy medication.

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I can't take more than on allegra a day as they are hard on the kidneys but so far have not needed it. I will check with my doctor about the pump. good to know about new things. thank you,

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These have helped me a lot: daily over-the-counter Allegra, daily prescription QNasl (a new corticosteroid pump nasal pump - not a sprary)

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I was so covered with skin rash that the salve or cream wasn't going to work unless i took a bath in it. It has to be a cortisone injection to knock out such a strong allergic reaction. I am still very comfortable, nothing has come back yet. i always hope it won't come back as it is miserable to live with. Georgine emoticon

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cortisone cream or lotion

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I had my cortisone shot for my skin allergies on the 17th and am still enjoying freedom from the dry itchy skin plus the cortisone helps the knee pain in my bad knee. emoticon

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as i said, I finally got a cortisone shot for these skin allergies on the 17th and every day i feel better, so wonderful to feel better! I also have had the worst skin flaking ever in my life!1 the flakes are on my glasses, my key board, the inside of my clothes--awful. I take Atarax for he itching which is also going away. My doctor re-newed my nasal spray. i have said i took the shots for years and the allergist said i didn't need them anymore????? Now all this skin stuff!!?? as i also said before, he said as i got older my allergies would get better. I am 73 and these skin allergies were driving me nuts!! Cortisone thins the skin and at my age that isn't good and I all but had to take a bath in it so that is why i am on cortisone shots every 3 months. My doctor ordered labs and found my vitamin D is just about zero, the joys of living in northern Minnesota and after a long frigid winter. I will see the dermatologist in JUne about this flaky skin unless the cortisone shot helps that. allergies sure make life miserable. Oh yes, the allergist did tell me my animal allergies were nearly gone and that was years ago, I won't give up my chocolate lab either!! Have a good day everyone, emoticon

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My allergies caused a stuffy nose, and watery eyes. I took some MusinexD and it cleared my the stuffiness. I still have the watery eyes and they burn a bit...so will now wear a face mask when i go walking. My doctor has me taking Citirizine and it is an OTC. prices vary. The cheapest place so far was a pharmacy a few blocks from where I live called Gibson's pharmacy and they deliver too

I now need something to take away the flakiness on my skin. I just started a skin care lotion that is fragrant free. I am allergic to all cleaning agents, most laundry soap, and bath soap. I can now only use natural soaps, or fragrant free dial, Shampoo is difficult to find fragrant free, but I found one that is good and it came from the bishop's storehouse. I was pleasantly surprised. I am allergic to nylons too, but today I chose to wear calve length nylons with my dress and put on lotion before putting on the nylon and found that it did not make me itch.

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Hello,

I too had really bad skin allergies. I grew into them when I was about 29. It was like a switch was flipped. I was getting hives from my chest up and my skin was peeling and cracking everywhere. I was taking so much Benadryl that the doctors told me I should have been able to put an elephant to sleep. It still didn't work. I found out it was my dog and grass. It got better after I started using Allergy 2 times a day and doing desensitization shots, but not before I had to go and see 3 different specialists and make them test me for everything. I made them not only do scratch tests which came back negative, but I had them do the injectable test as well. I also went to a dermatologist and they did a testing of dyes and chemicals on me. I did that 3 times. It took me over 6 months to finally figure out it was my dog and the grass. But I had to keep pushing because I knew it was an allergy even though no one would believe me. Keep the faith. Use cortisone on the really itch sore parts that start to crack and don't let up until they test you for everything.

I've been doing Allegra for 6 years and shots for just as long and have only minor irritations now in the spring and fall when the worst of the shedding and grasses hit. Soon I'm going to try stopping the shots to see if I'm truly good to go or if I need to continue it the rest of my life because I'm not getting rid of my co-pilot, my dog.

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I finally saw my doctor and had a cortisone shot and i have no words to express how much better i feel as all these skin allergies are fading away! I may even enjoy Easter with family and can take a shower without coming out of it looking like I was burned. Nobody here ever seems to experience the skin allergies like I have been. So Happy Easter to you all!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I uses singulair, cetirizine, flonase everyday. Yesterday I when to the doctor and had to get a allergy shot. The pollen here in the southern Virginia is really bad this year. emoticon

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The doc had me on Claritin for a long time. Even before it was an over-the counter. My body got "used" to it, so it no longer worked for me. Now I'm using Zyrtec, and am using an over-the-counter nasal spray. It works great. I usually start taking the Zyrtec a couple of weeks before I know Spring is going to come. This way my body has enough of the Zyrtec in my system and hopefully won't have to fight sinus issues that usually turn into sinus infections.

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I take a combo of Allegra D and ADVAIR during my allergy seasons (including Christmas time because my kids "need" a real tree)

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My doctor told me to buy over the counter allergy pills called Cetirizine. I buy 100 pills for about $6.95 the price varies at different places...even Walmart could not meet the price of my pharmacy which id called Gibsons. I still use eyedrops during the day, but my nose does not seem all stuffy anymore because these pills are 24 hour acting. hope you can find this information useful.

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Hi People! I just joined your group recently
... spring is coming and with it yard work. I enjoy being out and planting pretty things but! everytime I do and everytime I mow the yard I have problems. I'm now taking Singulair and Nasonex at night, so we'll see if it helps.
I have asthma too so I'm on a few aerosol treatments a day, a once a day inhaler and have to carry a rescue inhaler.
When I take a walk, I'm not alone *wink*. I have my inhaler, my phone [just in case I need help], water, kleenex, eye drops, my pup on the end of a leash and my tracker on my foot. lol
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I had very bad untreated nasal and ocular allergies that caused polyps to form in my sinuses until I lost my sense of smell. I needed to have sinus surgery to cut them all out. The surgeon told me that unless I treat my allergies, they would grow back.

The biggest positive treatment for me has been allergy shots. I've noticed a big difference in my ocular symptoms since reaching my maintenance dose. I can now wear contacts comfortably for 8 hours, whereas before my eyes would hurt after 3 hours. I'd recommend it to anyone with environmental/seasonal allergies.

I was also placed on Claritin/Flonase and then Zyrtec/Flonase. I feel the Zyrtec works better for me because my worst allergens are indoors.

Two years after surgery, the polyps are only barely reforming, and the surgeon said that if I hadn't treated my allergies, I'd probably already need another surgery.

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I currently use generic Zyrtec and Singulair at night before bed. However, the Zyrtec is leaving me tired during the day and I am about to switch to OTC Allegra and try that for a month to see if it helps. During peak seasons/symptoms, i have to add generic Clairitin in the morning along with a nasal spray such as Nasonex.

My biggest problem remains red, itchy eyes that frequently become infected. Eye drops help very little, but I do find relief by rinsing my eyes with sentive saline 3-4 daily.

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