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Old 10-05-2002, 03:04 AM
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I can't... fucking... BREATHE!

My allergies have been very bad this year. For several months now, I've had to deal with sniffling and sneezing, and waking up with a disturbingly dry mouth, since my nose was too stopped up to breathe through.

Tonight is the absolute worst, though. My sinuses have completely clamped down- I can't breathe through my nose AT ALL. The mucus must be pretty far down- blowing my nose doesn't help at all, and I feel like I'm going to pop an eardrum doing it. I've never found a decongestant that helps at all.

Fuck. I feel like I'm drowning, here.

Now, I understand that allergies are just a sign of your immune system overreacting to some sort of irritant- but, goddamit, this fucking reaction is really overdoing it. Why? Shit, shit, SHIT!
Old 10-05-2002, 03:51 AM
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Advice from a fellow alergy sufferrer:

For temporary relief, hold a finger over one nostril while blowing as hard as you can. This doubles the force pushing the snot out of the other nostril. Sometimes it works.

Of course, it'll just fill back up again.
Old 10-05-2002, 11:23 PM
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Have you seen an allergist? There may be medications out there that you can't get without a prescription that will help you.
Hehe also, wait a few years - I worked on a potential allergy med this summer in the pharmaceutical lab I was at - although it was still in the Feasability stage, and we were having problems with it, but who knows? You may feel relieved in 10 years or so!
Old 10-06-2002, 07:22 AM
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Damn! My allergies usually act up around January/February, just in time to make me sick for my birthday typically (stupid Mother Nature), but I usually just get ill. I hate the whole stuffed up nose shit, because you can fill an entire masson jar with the shit that comes out of one swift blow, and IMMEDIATELY, your nose will clog itself up again.

Now, I know nobody likes them, but have you contemplated getting allergy shots? The Ragweed has been super high lately here in Austin, so that should give you a good sense of what's causing your allergies (aside from mold). I'd recommend seeing a professional about getting shots done. My mother and my sister both had them a long time ago for various things, and well, at least my mom admits she's doing well (my sister's a hypocondriac, so she's never feeling well). My mom used to be allergic to dogs, now she sits with one on her lap for hours a day. Not necessarily by choice, he's a little cuddle hog, but she can hold and hug him as much as she wants with no problems. And it shouldn't take you ten years to find relief.

Other than that, Claritin works well, as does the dye free Benadryl. I'm sure you've tried them already, but those are the strong ones that work for me whenever I'm seriously hurtin' from allergies. Best of luck.
Old 10-06-2002, 12:49 PM
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For 20+ years I tried every prescription and over the counter alergy medicine there was. Some worked briefly, most failed, some worked but kept me awake at night, some worked but knocked me out like a mickey.

My alergies were so bad I once was forced to jam straws up my shnoz so I could breath.(no joke)

Then I discovered BECONASE. For the last 5 years I've been using this stuff. It's a God send! I start using it in May, and discontinue in September, though it can be used year 'round. Beconase stops the attack before it starts! You spray once in each nostril when you get up, and once in each nostril when you go to bed. That's it, that's all. I have not had so much as a sniffle due to alergies in 5 years now. I can't say enough about it!

At very least, give it a try!
Old 10-06-2002, 01:05 PM
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get an air filter for use in your bedroom. worked wonders for me.
Old 10-06-2002, 01:21 PM
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I hate it when I get like that. Sometimes it feels like someone replaced my Claritin D with... something that... expands in my sinuses.

Yeah, my analogy needs a little work.
Old 10-06-2002, 02:03 PM
Join Date: May 2002
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I posted a moan about the same problem you have and got a useful remedy- wear a mask. I read the suggestion and remembered that I had a really good dust mask and some new filters at the back of my tool cupboard. I used to use it when cutting paving slabs, a very dusty job. There was a pair of goggles too. Anyway I put them on and went back to the internet. In about half an hour I noticed that I felt better and after an hour I felt great.
As with all cures thre are side effects. When my old lady came in the room and saw me at the keyboard wearing a mask and goggles I looked at her and said 'what d'ya think', she turned away but the look in her eyes said 'section 9 of the mental health act (forcible restraint pending psychiatric evaluation)'.

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