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BuzyBee
Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 2:57pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Is anyone else experiencing spring allergies? The last several days have been warm here and the pollen must be budding because I have been suffering with my allergies. Constant sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, ears, and throat. Can't bend over without my nose just dripping. I hate to go to the store and by OTC medication but I may be forced to do so. I can't function as a normal human being like this.

I normally take sudafed for my allergies but don't want to take any medication that I don't have to. Not sure how to built my body up against this. If anyone else has a way of handling these seasonal allergies without meds PLEASE SHARE. I'm desperate here. Feel like I am dying.
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Oh...BusyBee...I sure feel for you
For about the last 5 years I've been terribly allergic to the blossom of the olive trees
So for so many years I've been taking meds to control it + allergic reactions to mosquito bites and the occassional wasp stings etc.

Last year I asked the very same question as you and was given a website to look at
http://www.nativeremedies.com
I've just received some tabs etc to help me along and just in time, because it blossom is just appearing!!
Sure hope you get some relief quickly,
Best wishes.





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Buzy Bee, I am feelin' for ya!!    I'm in the same boat. I wound up w/ an infection tho. Sinus and bronchitis. Forced to take the evil drugs but will be sure to follow up w/ lots o' good stuff. I thought taking the evil med would outweigh the strain being so sick would put on my heart. Sometimes ya just gotta do what ya gotta do, ya know.  
Janet, what did you order from this company? Think I'll need to have some of it too.  




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Are you saying, Italybound, that allergies can turn into a sinus infection????

After the nasal polyp surgery I thought that I wouldn't be having any more sinus infections...wrong!  I was thinking, after of almost a month of antibiotics, the sinus infection came back, how could that be?

I'm supposed to be taking Flonase post-surgery but it has a steroid in it and in my experience when I'm on steroids I usually run a low-grade infection.  There's got to be a better way!
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I have some AllergiClear tabs and Hista drops, (these have particularly helped me, I took them every 3 hrs yesterday) but most importantly I have to avoid going out of the house except when absolutely necessary ie putting washing out etc. because we have a huge olive tree at the back of our house (not ours) it's probably 150 years old and it is loaded with blossom. I read that the particles that affect us are as fine as a strand of hair and are blown everywhere by the wind. All this is because I live in the country and there are so many olive trees in my village.


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Are you saying, Italybound, that allergies can turn into a sinus infection????


Unless it was a coincidence, yes. You know how some people have a viral infection and get secondary infections that require antibiotics. I may have something viral as well. Don't really know that my sinus and bronchitis are bacterial, but I felt SOOOOO bad, I took the evil meds anyway. If I feel better by tomorrow, I'll know it was bacterial. I did get some stuff for the antiviral and antibacterial protocols, but this hit me so hard and so fast, I didn't want to dillydally in 'fixing' it.  

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I have some AllergiClear tabs and Hista drops, (these have particularly helped me, I took them every 3 hrs yesterday) but most importantly I have to avoid going out of the house except when absolutely necessary ie putting washing out etc.  


Thanks for the info, must get me some of that. I usually have my allergy problems in the fall, but hey..........every day is a changing road, as the song goes.      
I'll preface this next 'remark' w/ a   ............. if you're hanging your laundry outside, aren't you kind of defeating the purpose of taking the allergy supps?  



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Good question Pat, not sure if you mean re the washing and so having to go close to the tree or the particles on the washing and then wearing the clothes
Well, whatever...it's the same really to me because this lasts about 1 month so I have to do the best I can. Another annoying thing is not being able to have any windows or doors open Course the answer would be to wear a mask and googles every time I go out

Hope you're soon feeling better



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would go def. for some quercetin & vit. C in higher amounts good luck
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I highly recommend nettle leaf for allergies. Nettle works wonders. I couldn't survive springtime in the Delaware Valley without it! The tree pollen counts here in April are astronomical. The other week on the local news they had a story about people in the Pine Barrens calling in fire alarms because they thought the clouds of cedar pollen they were seeing, were clouds of smoke! Now that's major pollen production!

During pollen season (and in the fall as well) I take 3-4 nettle leaf caps a day (around 1350-1800mgs) and sometimes one more at night. I also raise my compliance level and cut out grains as much as possible, if not entirely. For me, grains of any kind this time of year send my immune system into total overdrive! And I try to consume lots of water--a good amount of it in fruit like pineapple. This helps immensely. I still have trouble with fatigue and itchy eyes and skin, but nothing I can't live with.


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Well between the weather cooling off just a little, my big Vit C drink, and staying inside as much as possible it is slightly better today. I plan on ordering something from my coop http://www.zand.com/product_individual.asp_Q_productid_E_579 to possible help. Anything is better than OTC meds.  Also I am finding large vit c doses is the best.

Thanks for all the suggestions. This stuff really drains me. My body is sore from sneezing so much and my nose is raw from blowing. My eyes feel swollon and my ears keep popping.
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This stuff really drains me. My body is sore from sneezing so much and my nose is raw from blowing. My eyes feel swollon and my ears keep popping.


Yep, that's what I've got. Right now my ears are pounding too. I have been coughing so much my throat is sore as well.  Sneezing and the runny nose are just aggravating. BTW, shouldn't it be against nature for your head to be stopped up and be able to run at the same time         I don't think I've ever felt this bad w/ allergies. My eyes feel swollen too and that's a new one for me. Not likin' it. But I'll be keeping the house closed for a while too. Next fight w/ the DH.  I'm layin' some money I'm gonna win.     Actually I think his sickness last week was from allergies as well.  




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I'm starting to break here. I am having another sneezing spell which hurts my chest when I burst out another sneeze. I may have to buy some Claritin D to get me thru until I can get myself together. I just don't feel I can keep going like this. Sorry I am whining so much but I just feel awful.
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BuzyBee, go get something to relieve your misery. It really just isn't worth waiting anymore. I would love to never ever take another medication, however that is not realistic, so I'm not going to beat myself up over it. Some things we just have no control over. I can so much sympathize w/ you because I have all the symptoms you have plus the infections. I've already caved to medicine, so I 'give' you 'permission' to do so also. .   Big big joke there. But really do go get something to make yourself more comfortable.
True to my thoughts, the DH comes home and wants to open up the house. Poo-poo'd that right away. If HE opens the house, I can go elsewhere and will. I'm certainly not spending anymore days in misery than I have to and neither should you.  



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I know exactly what you are going through!  Last year I took Claritin to keep it at bay, but in June it stopped working.  So I tried other antihistamines and none of them worked either.  I found that when I stayed away from all the avoid foods, it got better.  I also started taking a teaspoon of local raw honey a few times every day before spring came, and I haven't had to take any antihistimines at all this year!

Here's how it works:  Honeybees will collect pollen from various plants and it will be present in small amounts in honey that was gathered by bees that were working areas where these species are growing. When people living in these same areas eat honey that was produced in that environment, the honey will often act as an immune booster. The good effects of this local honey are best when the honey is taken a little bit (a couple of teaspoons-full) a day for several months prior to the pollen season.

Get honey that was raised closest to where you live, the closer the better since it will have more of exactly what you'll need.

It may seem odd that straight exposure to pollen often triggers allergies but that exposure to pollen in the honey usually has the opposite effect. But this is typically what we see. In honey the allergens are delivered in small, manageable doses and the effect over time is very much like that from undergoing a whole series of allergy immunology injections. The major difference though is that the honey is a lot easier to take and it is certainly a lot less expensive. I am always surprised that this powerful health benefit of local honey is not more widely understood, as it is simple, easy, and often surprisingly effective.

Hope you feel better soon!



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thanks for the tip!


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THanks Carlzwench - somebody recommended that to me too but didn't explain the theory behind it....makes sense.


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I also started taking a teaspoon of local raw honey a few times every day before spring came, and I haven't had to take any antihistimines at all this year!


I have heard this before. Thanks for the reminder.........will have to see if I can find some local. Still miserable today. Hope BuzyBee is feeling better.  



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Thanks for being so kind and caring here. You are a wonderful group. I am a little bit better today. Although it is suppose to warm up today so we will see how that goes. I can tell all my runny watery discharge is starting to thicken up in my nose and throat so I will have to be careful not to get a sinus infection. I have a slight headache and get short spells of nausea. Also fatigue and a little achy feeling. I sleep with my head prompted up on a pillow at night which helps with the drainage.

I feel better having others listen to me and can relate to what I am going thru. I just hope this will be a short pollon season.
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I can tell all my runny watery discharge is starting to thicken up in my nose and throat so I will have to be careful not to get a sinus infection. I have a slight headache and get short spells of nausea. Also fatigue and a little achy feeling..


Be careful, I have been having these symptoms too. The nausea and ache was worse today..........made me wonder if I didn't have the flu, but it subsided.  Glad you do feel some better tho. I do too, in some ways. If not for the sore throat, I'd say I'm on the road to recovery



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