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Allergy relief - May 11th 2018, 01:00 PM

I am having some type of allergic reaction. It happens once a year and the main symptom is that my eyes get swollen and itchy. I will also sometimes break out into hives and get redness/rash around my lips.

This issue started a few years ago and I went in to get the allergy shot two separate times. I had an appointment to get a referral to an allergist but I had to cancel it until further notice as my insurance will be changing soon and the doctor I get referred to might not take the new insurance.

I am wondering if anyone has suggestions on how I can relieve the itching and swelling. It isn't bad right now but I am worried it might get bad. If it does I'll probably go to urgent care.

I had this happen in 2016 and it didn't get too bad and last year it didn't either.

I have taken benadryl in hopes it will reduce the swelling since it's and anti-histamine.

If I were able to get in with an allergist sooner I would be doing that instead of asking here but I have to wait a while.


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Re: Allergy releif - May 11th 2018, 01:58 PM

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I have strong allergy to pollen, so each year I use some methods to make the symptoms as harmless as possible. The symptoms depend, of course, on the type of the allergy, but from what you've described, it's also an allergy to pollen. Different kinds of plants produce pollen at various times of the year, some as early as February.

If the eyes are the main problem, you can try wearing sunglasses or in general glasses when outside. Buy saline solution and apply it generously each time you come inside. You should apply enough for it to leak out of your eyes. Another thing is a bottle of eyedrops; the best ones especially against allergies are usually expensive, though, and only available with a prescription, but you can buy some others anyway.
Anti-histamine products should also relieve. As for the itching, I would suggest using creams, but only very gentle ones.

However, what I
mainly use against allergy are steroid drugs (desloratadine). They're only available with a prescription.

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Re: Allergy releif - May 11th 2018, 10:18 PM

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Hello,
I have strong allergy to pollen, so each year I use some methods to make the symptoms as harmless as possible. The symptoms depend, of course, on the type of the allergy, but from what you've described, it's also an allergy to pollen. Different kinds of plants produce pollen at various times of the year, some as early as February.

If the eyes are the main problem, you can try wearing sunglasses or in general glasses when outside. Buy saline solution and apply it generously each time you come inside. You should apply enough for it to leak out of your eyes. Another thing is a bottle of eyedrops; the best ones especially against allergies are usually expensive, though, and only available with a prescription, but you can buy some others anyway.
Anti-histamine products should also relieve. As for the itching, I would suggest using creams, but only very gentle ones.

However, what I
mainly use against allergy are steroid drugs (desloratadine). They're only available with a prescription.

Hope I helped.
Have a nice day,
Sue
Thank you for the tips! I have been taking the anti histamine and it's been helping with the itchiness and sore feeling. I have been thinking it was an allergy to pollen for a few years but I hate the doctor and have been putting off the appointment.

I used to have to go to an ear nose and throat doctor (allergist) due to my severe asthma and I know a lot of people in my family get allergies. I will be scheduling an appointment at some point but I am hoping your tips will help. I'll look into eye drops/saline solution as I think that would help as well.


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Re: Allergy releif - May 12th 2018, 07:39 AM

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Thank you for the tips! I have been taking the anti histamine and it's been helping with the itchiness and sore feeling. I have been thinking it was an allergy to pollen for a few years but I hate the doctor and have been putting off the appointment.

I used to have to go to an ear nose and throat doctor (allergist) due to my severe asthma and I know a lot of people in my family get allergies. I will be scheduling an appointment at some point but I am hoping your tips will help. I'll look into eye drops/saline solution as I think that would help as well.
I'm glad you found it helpful. I hope you'll see the doctor soon and that they will prescribe you something appropriate
   
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Re: Allergy relief - May 14th 2018, 07:34 PM

I take antihistamines every time i have allergies
   
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Re: Allergy relief - May 17th 2018, 04:40 AM

Hey there,

It sounds like you've been given some good tips. I just wanted to add that I got sick last week and couldn't tell if it was a cold, seasonal allergies or something else entirely. I ended up doing some google searching. I remember I walked in the sun that day and started getting a headache and started developing cold/allergy symptoms. I noticed in myself that dehydration be confused with allergy symptoms and wondered if I had one, the other or both. It turns out that dehydration makes the body produce an increase of histamines and the production of histamines is what manifests as allergy syptoms. So staying hydrated is important in general but especially someone who experiences allergies. It can supposedly make a big difference. And a lot of times people are dehydrated without knowing it (or until it gets severe)
   
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