I have seasonal allergies (had sinus surgery two years ago) which I treat with sinus saline rinses everyday. I also took steroid nasal sprays daily (a lot - for years) until doing my first whole30 a couple months ago. Going diary free greatly reduced my ear and nasal swelling and enabled me to give up the nasal steroid a month ago. (I still use a pepper/capsaicin nasal spray - on especially stuffy days, some of which seem to follow even the slightest amount of sugar.) I don't get the whole runny nose and itchy eyes thing, I just get stuffed up and grumpy. (my poor kids) I don't want to take cortisone spray anymore but I am trying this stuff and it seems to help
Rhinaris-CS Anti-Allergic (sodium cromoglycate) binds to the mast cell and indirectly blocks the entry of calcium ions, thereby preventing the release of histamine.
Now spring is in full force. I am still dairy free but I feel my usual reactions increasing. I know I can't rake - due to the earth molds - and I am not suggesting I should be able to do stuff like that (although I want to), I just don't want to feel crappy. Usually I would take Reactin or Claritin for a couple months. This year my doc gave me a prescription for Singulair as well and told me to take it with reactin at night. I did once, woke up tired and decided to try whole30 instead. :)
But it seems counter intuitive to my paleo lifestyle. (I went low carb a year ago and adjusted it to paleo last october). My thinking has been that I will improve my overall immunity by cleaning up my whole system which includes avoiding meds, but as spring progresses and the familiar symptoms return, this year I am questioning the long term negative effects of using anti-histamines.
what do you think?
I would appreciate any suggestions. thank you so much. Lisa
PS I live in the woods. I take Q10, natural calm, fish oil, black cumin seed oil and B complex. My father had extreme seasonal allergies and I have always had food sensitivities and chemical sensitivities (ie - I clean with vinegar, have pillow and bed covers for mites and don't hang with perfume) and I'm not into having lots of local honey as it will mess up my sugar cravings. I tied homeopathic drops last year - did nothing.