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Antihistamine usage

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Created November 20, 2012 at 6:15 AM

It's hayfever season where I live and I was hoping that eating Paleo would get rid of hayfever symptoms. Sadly, it did not. My question is, how bad are antihistamines? Are they similar to NSAIDS? Are there any safe ones to take? I don't take any medication unless absolutely necessary. I haven't taken antihistamines yet but I am sick of feeling dreadful everyday. Even if I remain indoors, I still get symptoms.

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Tried taking dairy and eggs out and helped!

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1495 · December 08, 2012 at 2:01 PM

I have not taken eggs out, but did try a month really strict Paleo without dairy and had no improvement in allergies or anything else (I had hormonal acne too, but it didn't help that either...that has since gone away).

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10 · December 07, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Hi KL, I took dairy and eggs out as a trial and it helped immensely. As soon as I brought them back in, my allergies came back but it's not as severe as it's not Spring here anymore! Have you tried taking dairy out?

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10 · November 25, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Ye, I caved and bought some loratadine (active ingredient in Claratyne). It didn't even work. Maybe I need to use it regularly but I don't want to do that. I'll just use it (and hope it works) when I really really need it.

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489 · November 24, 2012 at 6:53 AM

I break out into random hives, and I'm also deathly allergic to cats. At first I tried to avoid taking anything for it, but it made me stress out so badly and my body was constantly in a state of inflammation. I now take Zyrtec for it, and have no side effects whatsoever. No drowsiness or bellyaches or anything - and I have a pretty sensitive stomach to begin with.

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5640 · November 24, 2012 at 1:21 AM

sorry you are feeling so crappy, JD. you might just have to try zyrtec or another allergy med your doctor can give you. the benadryl helped my hives but gave me lot of belly problems. i think it's due to all the sugar alcohols in it so if you can find an allergy med without them, go with that. also, you could check a compounding pharmacy about making the pill so it could have a better filler like sucrose + the allergy medicine.

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3422 · December 07, 2012 at 12:39 AM

You could try Quercetin...

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10054 · January 04, 2013 at 3:00 AM

What really helped me this past October during ragweed pollen season was taking a combination of turmeric capsules and quercetin & bromelain capsules in the morning with breakfast. The combination provided about 6 hours of congestion runny nose relief with no noticeable side effects.

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1495 · December 01, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Paleo hasn't helped me with my allergies either...and I'm allergic to just about everything in Ohio (I'm seriously considering moving to the gulf coast of Florida, but can't move just yet). I was hoping all the fermented foods would help but they don't. I usually take a Loratadine daily to survive. My allergist has said that it's the weakest of the antihistamines available. I can tell this when allergens get really bad. I just suffer through. I happen to get allergy shots too (I know some people avoid these things, but for me the small benefit I'm getting outweighs the misery I used to be in with constant sinus infections. Yearly testing shows that I'm slowly, but surely becoming more immune to the allergens that I have an allergy to).

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1495 · December 08, 2012 at 2:01 PM

I have not taken eggs out, but did try a month really strict Paleo without dairy and had no improvement in allergies or anything else (I had hormonal acne too, but it didn't help that either...that has since gone away).

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10 · December 07, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Hi KL, I took dairy and eggs out as a trial and it helped immensely. As soon as I brought them back in, my allergies came back but it's not as severe as it's not Spring here anymore! Have you tried taking dairy out?

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358 · November 24, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Once eliminating gluten I found I could cut back to half a dose of Claritan, which doesn't give me side effects like Benadryl.

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10 · November 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM

argh, i feel like caving and taking some. everyday is a struggle.

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10 · November 25, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Ye, I caved and bought some loratadine (active ingredient in Claratyne). It didn't even work. Maybe I need to use it regularly but I don't want to do that. I'll just use it (and hope it works) when I really really need it.

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489 · November 24, 2012 at 6:53 AM

I break out into random hives, and I'm also deathly allergic to cats. At first I tried to avoid taking anything for it, but it made me stress out so badly and my body was constantly in a state of inflammation. I now take Zyrtec for it, and have no side effects whatsoever. No drowsiness or bellyaches or anything - and I have a pretty sensitive stomach to begin with.

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5640 · November 24, 2012 at 1:21 AM

sorry you are feeling so crappy, JD. you might just have to try zyrtec or another allergy med your doctor can give you. the benadryl helped my hives but gave me lot of belly problems. i think it's due to all the sugar alcohols in it so if you can find an allergy med without them, go with that. also, you could check a compounding pharmacy about making the pill so it could have a better filler like sucrose + the allergy medicine.

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5640 · November 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM

benadryl REALLY messes up my gut. i'm still recovering from having to take it for a bad outbreak of hives a few weeks back. i tried all the natural antihistamines like vit c and quercetin, but they don't do much.

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11254 · November 20, 2012 at 11:41 PM

I don't think they are as bad as NSAIDs, though obviously there is a huge difference among the antihistamines. Some of the old ones are so strong they'll keep you in bed wondering why the world is spinning. Check those side effect listings carefully. It is likely you can find one with minimal issues. There may be a few herbal alternatives out there, and then there are those people who avoid food sources of histamines, but sometimes you've got to take something in order to feel well enough to hash out a plan.

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