I have indoor and outdoor allergies and take 10mg Claritan daily year round. I supplement it with benedryl when I get my allergy shot to ease off the reaction to the shot. I'm also on ventilin and symbicort for my asthma. Sometimes, when the wind is blowing and nothing is working, I use Chloraseptic Allergen Block. It's a gel that you smear at the base of your nostrils and yes it works. I carry it in my purse with the ventilin.
Food sensitivities are:
Gourds - melon, cucumber, squash
Nightshades - tomato, peppers, eggplant tobacco, cayene, paprika
Peas and Beans - peas, peanuts, beans including green beans, soy, liquorice
Plums - Almond, plum, peach, apricot, cherry, nectarines
Shellfish - shrimp, crab, lobster, crayfish.
Eggs, Coconut and Bananas.
The foods affect me in various ways but usually it's bloating and diariah or stomach cramps. Sometimes I get a rash and very itchy skin all the time.
Bananas make me sick to my stomach and give me cluster migraines.
I avoid most of these foods but I love tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, beans and squash so I do have them in moderation and no more than once a week.
Right now I'm trying to clear up what I call clown mouth. My lips are swollen, peeling and purple. All around my lips are red and sore. (I look like a little kid who licks their chapped lips) and I will be seeing a dermatologist at the end of the month to verify it's from my allergies.
Janine, Scarborough, Ontario
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