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Hayfever peaking

Hello everyone. My hayfever seems to be getting worse by the day. I take Benadryl at the first sign of flare-up and normally within 15minutes I'm okay and ready for the garden. But last day or two, despite taking the tablet, the sneezing will not abate and it is making gardening unbearable. Is it true that you should alternate between different anti-allergy tablets? Have I become immune to Benadryl I wonder. If anyone has dealt with this problem I would really appreciate your advice. I'm currently recuperating inside where my symptoms are just about tolerable, looking whistfuly out the window at my garden


  • MrMustardMrMustard Posts: 25
    Thanks Pauline I will note that down and speak to my doctor if this continues
  • Daryl2Daryl2 Posts: 452

    I have had hayfever all my life and I find the best way to deal with it is not to wait until you have symptoms but take a tablet a day routinely. I buy supermarket own brands and take one each night for 5-6 months continuously. Doctor is happy with that and also gives me a presciption for stronger ones to take when needed. 

  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,995

    I find the hay fever cycles in severity too.  I had it quite bad during teenage years.. then it seemed to gradually get less each year, until I "grew" out of it.. Fast forward fifteen years and I seem to be "growing" back into it.  Three years ago I first noticed a few symptoms, but didn't take anything.  Last year I had to take over the counter tables a few times when it was particularly bothersome.  Now this year I've already gone through half the packet.

    Claritin has 10mg of loratadine, it's over the counter.  It works in about 15 minutes for me.  

    Utah, USA.
  • DachaloverDachalover Posts: 776

    My sympathies also , I suffered all my life and tried everything , then when we bought our dacha many years ago and I got the gardening bug I just had to do something.

    I have been having a Kenalog jab at the beginning of every season for many years now and it has changed my life completely . I know this is frowned upon by many and for sure you have to consult your doctor before you decide to do this . I can now enjoy our garden to the fullimage

  • iceice Posts: 332
    Last year I had yo take tables eye drops and mose spray. Was impressed by the nose spray.

    They say local honey helps though might be wives tale.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,591

    Start with Loratidine 10mg a day. It is available as a cheap generic or hiding under many brand names. If eyes are a problem, otrivine antistin eye drops give quick relief, or use sodium cromoglycate (opticrom) eye drops long term as a preventative.  For blocked noses after that, use a fluticasone nasal spray once a day, or a beclometasone nasal spray twice a day.

    All should be available at your local pharmacy

  • DachaloverDachalover Posts: 776

    Ice, I heard this about local honey but to be honest I found that it had no effect and in fact I had a reaction to it but each person of course will react differently to it.

    Here is an interesting article.

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,341

    My sympathies, Mr Mustard. I only get hay fever when the pollen count is very high but it is a miserable condition.

    May I suggest you have a chat with your pharmacist? They have a lot of training to help people deal with minor ailments and chronic conditions such as yours. They will be able to give you sound advice about how to use & combine over the counter medications and will also know if there are stronger medications available on prescription which might be more suitable for you.

    Most pharmacies around here now have a small consulting room where you can talk to the pharmacist in private if you don't want to discuss things at the public counter.

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    I first got it in 76 when I was 10 and my eye puffed up like I had been boxing. Back then fabahistin worked. Over the years I've had clarityn, but the best two I've found are Benadryl and Telfast (fexofenadine). My hayfever only starts in June, I'm allergic to grass, but I did find I had to take it when the new neighbours started tearing down their home from the inside, it made my eyes itch like hell and Benadryl was the only thing to calm it down. Some of the stronger medications you won't be able to drive as they can cause drowsiness.

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