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Old 10-27-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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My doctor won't let me do the shots - they do them there.
I wonder why. My doctor doesn't want you to come each week. That's why he charges to give them.
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:39 PM
 
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I wonder why. My doctor doesn't want you to come each week. That's why he charges to give them.
Apparently the risk of anaphylaxis and allergic reaction is too great. They don't charge for the visit, and you don't need an appointment, youjust walk-in and get the shot. They make you wait there for 20 minutes afterwards to make sure you are OK. The doctor himself doesn't do it, he has a nurse / assistant do it.

BTW, this is Austin Diagnostic Clinic at North Austin Medical Center.
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:43 PM
 
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Apparently the risk of anaphylaxis and allergic reaction is too great. They don't charge for the visit, and you don't need an appointment, youjust walk-in and get the shot. They make you wait there for 20 minutes afterwards to make sure you are OK. The doctor himself doesn't do it, he has a nurse / assistant do it.

BTW, this is Austin Diagnostic Clinic at North Austin Medical Center.
I guess that's why I have those EpiPens in the drawer...haven't thought about them since I got them.
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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Someone told me that if you take a spoonful every day of honey (local made only) it will help curb Cedar Fever.

I had it pretty bad last year. May try it for this year.
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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This is what cedar pollen looks like, no wonder it is so irritating when it gets in your sinuses, little spiked balls.
http://timesonline.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2009/03/19/pollen.gif (broken link)
http://timesonline.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2009/03/19/pollen.gif (broken link)

Here is an image of a cedar tree releasing a cloud of pollen.


http://alt.coxnewsweb.com/shared-blo...ass%20(17).JPG

The pollen count gets extremely high when cedar is pollenating.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ePZvwZF7Uw...ergy_chart.jpg
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh--Home of the 6 time Super Bowl Champions!
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I guess that's why I have those EpiPens in the drawer...haven't thought about them since I got them.
Keep an eye on those expiration dates! You never know when you are going to need to give yourself an epi shot!
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh--Home of the 6 time Super Bowl Champions!
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Someone told me that if you take a spoonful every day of honey (local made only) it will help curb Cedar Fever.
I have heard this also---wonder if it works. If you think about it...it makes sense. In theory, you are actually desensitizing yourself to the cedar pollen.
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Someone told me that if you take a spoonful every day of honey (local made only) it will help curb Cedar Fever.
It can, but it can also have the same negative reaction as the allergy shots, so be careful and start small. Its effectiveness may also vary with the particular allergy and the season, as well.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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Note that even Dr Cook says the stronger (hypertonic) saline solution you describe is only for short term use. Some studies have indicated you may damage your cilia with that and an isotonic solution is safer -- 1 teaspoon in 16 oz water. Here's my recipe from another post:
The recipe I like is as follows: 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon Xylitol in 16 oz water. This will produce an "isotonic" solution meaning it's a similar salt concentration to the body's level. Lower levels will push water into the tissues and higher will draw it out. The first is uncomfortable and while the latter may have some benefit in terms of reducing swelling if used short term there are some studies indicating that a stronger (hypertonic) solution may damage the cilia so I'd rather play it safe. The baking soda buffers the solution. There have been a number of interesting studies done with Xylitol indicating it interferes with bacteria and it looks like it's valuable for dental use and to reduce ear infections. I use this body temp solution as a rinse with an ear syringe bulb which will give you a little more push than the neti pot. Be sure to open your mouth wide and say "Ahhh..." as you do it to be sure you don't push the liquid where it doesn't belong (like the eustachian tube). You can see people doing all kinds of things with their neti pots and ear syringe bulbs on YouTube (including using Scotch -- bad idea!!). The saline rinse does help if for no other reason than you can get the pollens out of where they are causing trouble. Bend and turn your head around for a while after -- otherwise you can get a surprise release of solution later in what might be a more awkward situation.
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