I was allergy tested last month. The doc said that there was no point taking a daily antihistamine as it would have little effect. Okay, I thought. Then I was taken through to the actual room where the tests are done. He said as I was new, they would test me for almost everything. And I had some amazing reactions to almost everything as well. When he came back in, he said I may have been hasty advising you not to take antihistamines daily. In fact, it would be very prudent for you to do so.
I also have an Epipen now although not for any grass pollens. SA is the asthma and allergy centre of the world according to one of the docs I have seen. It is something to do with the dry conditions, rainfall and winds although I wasn't really paying much attention.
Not sure if answered already but try over the counter antihistamine ? loratidine PLUS nasal steroid spray. Could stop tablets after a while and continue only on nasal spray until settled
Very strange as I suffered from allergies really badly in the UK and had to take Benadryl and a steroid nasal spray daily to stop my nose running and constant sneezing, have had no problems since being here at all and have stopped all meds.
When I did suffer, I really found Benadryl did the trick for me as it works in 15 mins when you are affected rather than having to take a daily dose, not sure if they have it over here but its active ingredient was acrivistine so you could ask at the chemists.
You have my sympathies as my allergies really took over my life, maybe I was just allergic to the UK!
I know this is an old thread but I read it today with great interest as I am a hayfever sufferer and we are at the height of it in the UK and i slightly paniced when i saw this thread as was hoping I wouldn't get it out there, how wrong could I be!
Anyway I suffer really badly and for the last 4 years have ended up on steriods to control the sypmtoms. I have been to the doctors for this years prescription and I feel like I have been given a miracle cure!! She has put me on Fexofenadine hydrochloride 180mg tablet and Flixonase Aqueous nasal spray 50mcg/spray. I wanted to share this with you incase anyone is really suffering and wants to give this combination a go. Apart from itchy eyes (which I think is just something you have to get used to!) I feel like a different woman! Normally only the steriods can make me feel anything like human in the summer!!
I was also told by her that within 2 years there wil be a cure for hayfever by way of a single jab that lasts for 10 years and will be avaliable on the NHS within 2 years! hoorah! Anyone heard of this jab out there in Oz?? Would seriously consider flying back here just to get it!!
If you get itchy eyes then try Avamys - it's like Flixonase, but has evidence it works on the eyes and nose.
Originally Posted by Lozmitch
I seem to remember reading something about immunotherapy suppression therapy in Europe ?Russia? or East anyway which is light years ahead of UK - will scout about in Oz to see what is available as I am finding that I am getting more allergies as I get older.
If you find anything out let me know. My doc has said that I would defintely qualify for the jab here so would be interested to find out about Oz. We arrive in August, by the way!
Couple of links for you (remember that if you can find this treatment in the UK, it is LIKELY to be free, this may not be so in Australia - see other threads on Medicare, bulk billing etc)
Originally Posted by Lozmitch
Allergies are on the rise in most developed countries for reasons not entirely clear (diet? lifestyle? pcbs? cleaner living? etc etc etc) Allergies have doubled in Australia over 25 years and in NZ over 10 years. On a lighter note, you are leaving the allergy capital of the Western world (the UK) and you may find that you are leaving behind your allergy trigger. We live in hope.......I suffer from seasonal hayfever and it immediately settled when I arrived here, but it is the winter! If you are coming in AUgust, then you should get some relief, but we will be coming into Spring....
I should add I am not a doctor, so all opinions should be taken with a pinch of salt - it is the internet, after all.......