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post #1 of 19 Old 03-27-2014, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Seasonal Allergies and Riding

Allergy season is apparently in full swing. My nose drips, my eyes burn and water and I start choking on my own spit; so I'm having to take at least one hand off the reins, wipe my nose etc. So I can't trot or canter for very long because I have to take ummm "snot" breaks.

I'm not allergic to horses, I am allergic to grass though especially timothy and bermuda...and guess what the barn feeds? 100% bermuda. Ana loves that stuff; me, not so much.

I've tried pretty much all the allergy remedies. Claritin does nothing for me. Benadryl works but makes me too drowsy to function. Zyrtec works well but also makes me too drowsy to function. So the doc suggested taking it at night, but I'm still drowsy the next day and have to double up on caffeine. By the time I get to the barn, the Zyrtec has half/way worn off plus I'm jittery from the extra caffeine.

I also tried Allegra and Alavert; no noticeable improvement.

What do you all do for seasonal allergies?
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post #2 of 19 Old 03-27-2014, 06:01 PM
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I get anyone visiting from the UK to bring me something called Beconase - its a steroid type nasal spray and works really well - I think you can only get it on prescription here in the US
I have the same trouble with allergy meds that are anti histamines as even the non drowsy ones make me sleepy so have to take them at night
You could try a face mask - uncomfortable but they do help - as does washing your hair every night - the pollens really stick to it and then transfer to your pillows.
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I get anyone visiting from the UK to bring me something called Beconase - its a steroid type nasal spray and works really well - I think you can only get it on prescription here in the US
I have the same trouble with allergy meds that are anti histamines as even the non drowsy ones make me sleepy so have to take them at night
You could try a face mask - uncomfortable but they do help - as does washing your hair every night - the pollens really stick to it and then transfer to your pillows.
I didn't know that about pollen sticking to hair. Wearing a face mask does not sound appealing at all. I might try taking Zyrtec in the afternoon that way it's fresh in my system when I go ride in the evening. Hopefully I won't fall asleep on Ana's back.
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This may be a bit more serious than you are looking for but, how about allergy shots? I used to be allergic to every type of grass, pollen, and tree under the sun. I got shots for a bit and stopped because I thought they hadn't helped at all. Turns out I don't have any seasonal allergies anymore (I just couldn't tell because I have pets and am allergic to anything with fur lol). Anyway, turns out they worked really well. I'm going to start getting shots again, but for the pet allergies this time (they didn't have the shots for pet allergies before).
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^^ what she said
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I have considered allergy shots but since they didn't really work for either of my dogs I'm skeptical. If it gets much worse I guess it will be my last resort.
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I swear by nasocort, and it appears it is no longer prescription!
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I just got some Nasacort last week-it is really helping-and no drowsiness! I take it at night, so I can sleep better.
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It looks like nasocort is much the same as the UK spray I use - which is good news if I can buy it over the counter here now and not have to pay to see the GP every time - they wouldn't issue on a repeat prescription because its a steroid I suppose.
I would try it as it makes a real difference to the quality of my life in allergy season
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I will. Thank you.
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