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Old 04-04-2011, 04:20 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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But even though I'm not allergic to oak pollen, its hard to not be affected by it when it is this thick. Its like breathing in lots of dust, it irritates.
That is exactly right! The same thing often happens with cedar, even folks without a specific cedar allergy can be affected by the heavy load of particulates in the air. Right now, there is so much oak that the particles themselves can cause irritation even without an allergy to oak. I hope it rains a bit more and cleans the air.
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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Allegra D works good for me, apparently it recently got over the counter status and my insurance bumped up the price as a result. I guess that means my insurance will soon drop coverage I will only be able to buy limited amounts at a time in the store thanks to the ridiculous
pseudoephedrine
laws.
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I too recommend a BUFFERED HYPERTONIC (3%) SALINE NASAL IRRIGATION. But that mix above is a pretty strong solution. I'd recommend instead that people use this solution recommended by my allergy Dr. http://www.centraltexasallergy.com/hyptncsolold.pdf

Sorry I got the measurements wrong. I use 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. It comes out to the same percentage as you. I was going by memory and well, you can see how well my memory is... It comes out to be about 3% just like yours. I go to the same place you do and I just took the recipe and divided by 2: 1 quart/2 = 2 cups. 2 teaspoons/2=1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp/2 = 1/4 tsp baking soda. This way I don't have to have a giant jar lying around I can just whip up a batch on the fly.
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I agree, the lack of rain is making it worse, the pollen just keeps blowing around. I remember it was pretty bad last year also, I even had my allergist retest me for tree pollen. He did not find any positive indicators.

But even though I'm not allergic to oak pollen, its hard to not be affected by it when it is this thick. Its like breathing in lots of dust, it irritates.
Same here.

Apparently, I'm allergic to cats, dogs and dust, but not tree pollen. Cats were my biggest offender (always knew they were evil...).

When there's this much pollen in the air, it doesn't matter whether you're allergic or not. Your body will reject that much foreign matter. It will get irritated, allergies will kick in, you will be miserable.
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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Default Saline solution

Using a hypertonic solution (one that has a higher concentration of salt than the body) is sometimes useful for shrinking nasal passages, However there are some studies indicating damage to the cilia. Safer is to use an Isotonic solution which matches the body salt concentration. Dr Cook cited in the recipe above says the same thing as far as ongoing use. Here's the recipe I like which is maybe just a tiny bit stronger than Isotonic. 16 oz filtered lukewarm water, 1 teaspoon sea salt (don't use table salt because of the additives), 1 teaspoon baking soda (buffers the solution), 1 teaspoon Xylitol (a natural sweetener which studies have shown interferes with bacteria -- see Xylitol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I use an infant ear syringe which helps the solution penetrate more than a neti pot, but don't fear the neti pot!! You can see tons of people using on on YouTube -- including one guy who tried it with Scotch -- ouch!!
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Old 04-09-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Glad it rained the other day and knocked the pollen down somewhat. It's picking back up through. I've been using OTC meds, like Tylenol or Sudafed Allergy. Seems to take the edge off.
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