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Old 03-06-2009, 08:54 AM   #21
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Nasal steroids (Nasocort et al) are safe and effective for seasonal rhinitis (hay fever).
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I used to have some bad times....

Allegra worked for a couple of years and then stopped...

Zyrtec made me sleepy and I only used it a few days, so can not say how good it is...

Clairitin worked great for me for many years, but I have seemed to become resistent to it, so it does not work that good anymore..

Benadryl has always worked to clear me up, but it does make you sleepy...

But I agree with Rich... I have used a steroid spray and it clears me up in about a week or so... I have gotten steroid shots a couple of times and they worked great, but I was told that the side effects were not good on the body, so I went to the spray...

I found that when I was in London, they sold sometime called Becanase (or something like that) which is a steroid spary over the counter. Whenever I happen to fly through London, I pick up as much as I can in the airport... I have been using it the past three weeks and my supply is getting LOW

I will have to try that 'torture' pot that is mentioned... seems to me that it would be worse than water boarding... but who knows...
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Claritin doesn't help me at all, even though I never took it before.

I used to like Allerest back in Texas in the early 1980's and it worked perfectly for me. I think it is not available in the same chemical composition or else maybe it is one of those you have to ask the pharmacist for or something.

These days I usually just "tough it out", and meanwhile consume Hot and Sour Soup, eat Cajun food that is so heavy on the Cajun spices that it makes you sweat (and clears my sinuses), and/or run very hot water on my face for 5-10 minutes. My sinus problems are only borderline anyway, not nearly as bad as those some people have. Unlike most people, my sinus issues improved drastically when I moved from Texas to Louisiana.
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I use horseradish to clear the sinuses, and Sambuca to help with the post nasal drip. Not at the same time, though.
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I use horseradish to clear the sinuses, and Sambuca to help with the post nasal drip.
I'm impressed. It takes a real man to squirt that stuff up his nose...
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Nasal steroids (Nasocort et al) are safe and effective for seasonal rhinitis (hay fever).
Nasal steroids are a miracle drug. Before them I once sneezed so long that I almost fainted. No more sneezes. No more clogged sinuses. Plus, it even reduces other seasonal allergy symptoms like asthma and itchy eyes.

I use nasal steroids year round.
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Nasal steroids (Nasocort et al) are safe and effective for seasonal rhinitis (hay fever).
I wonder if I call my doc, if he will write me a prescription without seeing me? My records show he has written allergy meds before. Hate to have to go in just for this.

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I'm impressed. It takes a real man to squirt that stuff up his nose...
Aw, man. Now I have to wash all this coffee off of my keyboard and monitor.


I use the Claritin (not D!) and nasal irrigation. Mostly to clear the coffee out of my nose...
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How gross is using the Neti pot? I picture nasal drippings pouring down my face...must admit, it also made me think of waterboarding

I'm a Flonase user. For me, it's $10 for a 2-month supply. Have to have the prescription renewed by the dr's office every single time, which is a nuisance.
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How gross is using the Neti pot? I picture nasal drippings pouring down my face..
Most who use it lean forward over the sink...
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I found that when I was in London, they sold sometime called Becanase (or something like that) which is a steroid spary over the counter. Whenever I happen to fly through London, I pick up as much as I can in the airport... I have been using it the past three weeks and my supply is getting LOW

Beconase was (I think) available in the US and is now called FLIXONASE. Pretty sure it's not OTC though... and remember - I am a musician, not an MD
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How gross is using the Neti pot? I picture nasal drippings pouring down my face...must admit, it also made me think of waterboarding
There is a difference, you get to control the rate of liquid input.
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Aren't all musicians drug experts?
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These don't have significant systemic absorption:

fluticasone propionate (<2 percent) (flonase)
mometasone furoate (nasonex)
butesonide (rhinocort)

They are my first choice for allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
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These don't have significant systemic absorption:

fluticasone propionate (<2 percent) (flonase)
mometasone furoate (nasonex)
butesonide (rhinocort)

They are my first choice for allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
I'll hit my doc up for the first one. I believe that one is in bracket one of the med list for best pricing. I'll tell him my internet doc recommended it.
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I have taken Zyrtec for a couple of years. It works very well for me. I take it at night prior to sleep, I sleep better, and I wake feeling great and with no allergy problems. It is expensive, but I have found it at Costco and Sam's. It is cheaper than my co-pay for a perscription decongestant.

I took claritin for years and it kind of quite working for me.
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I'll hit my doc up for the first one. I believe that one is in bracket one of the med list for best pricing. I'll tell him my internet doc recommended it.

Yeah, flonase is now generic and usually can be had for pretty cheap.
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I'm lovin' my flonase. Actually my whole family (wife and kids) all use it. It stinks, but you get used to it. Makes a huge difference in quality of life with minimal to no side effects.
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