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Environmental allergies from camp

My poor kiddo! She came home from a week of fun, outdoor camp activities so stuffed up and congested! Both grass and weed pollen have been super high in Georgia this year and all while she was at camp.

She took her Zyrtec faithfully, and used saline spray at least twice a day, but it wasn't enough. Due to some other issues, she's not able to take Flonase or any of the other allergy nasal meds. 

She was some better yesterday — basically hung around inside all day except for church. I wish I could figure out a different solution for her. Her allergist has hesitated about upping her Zyrtec to twice a day, but other meds, like I said above, are not options for DD. 

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  • Kathy P

    Ugh, that stinks! I wind up using 2 different antihistamines daily with the doc's approval. Both are supposed to be 24-hr, but don't last that long. So I do different ones morning and evening. The one I take at night works better and a little longer, so the morning one is more of a supplement to that to get me through the day.

    If I recall, shots aren't an option for her either, right?

    A was having a bad time this spring at school – worse than last year, but she's in a different location (same state though). She was miserable. Much better once she got home here though. She's up in the mountains at camp, but she usually does OK there.

    It's interesting how just a slight change in location can make a big difference. Was talking with a friend of ours on Saturday. He said when he live in SF, he never had allergies. He moved across the bay and bam! He's now move even farther inland and he's hit hard.

  • K8sMom2002

    Nope, shots are not an option — she had a huge anaphylactic reaction and after that, her allergists advised us to discontinue the shots. I had high hopes because for most folks, shots are a great, safe option. 

    I've talked with her allergist, and her allergist has suggested nasal sprays — but her hem/onc doesn't want her on nasal sprays due to nose bleeds. So she uses a lot of saline spray. I'll have to circle back with the allergist and discuss this again. We've talked about switching antihistamines … but we'd have to get the other antihistamine compounded, which is extremely expensive for a daily drug. The Zyrtec at least is safe for her allergies right off the shelf.

    Most of the time we just avoid going out on high pollen days, and that and the Zyrtec is enough. But camp is not a time you can do that. 

  • Shea

    So, I read this thing once about natural remedies and things that work with the body… It said something like: western medicine focuses on the symptom as the disease, and its medicines work to stop the symptoms (stop stuffy nose, cough), but in stopping the bodies way of fighting, you may cause your body to accumulate the pollens or irritants by allowing it to flow into you and not flush out. Natural medicines works with the body, complimenting it on its work to rid the allergens. So homeopathic doctors will find herbs and diets that help the body to flush out toxins, tell you to drink a lot of fluids. So I have been looking into homeopathic and natural remedies. One that has a lot of research behind it, for environmental allergies among other things, is stinging nettle tea. I am going to try it. You can learn more here:        Of course, I am going to check with my doctor at my appointment this month before I try it, just to make sure it is not contraindicated for any of my meds. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Thanks, Shea — I know a friend of mine recently mentioned an article that was about stinging nettle. I'm trying to dig it up, so bear with me while I hunt down that link.

  • K8sMom2002

    And I found it! It was in NY Mag. But it's sort of disappointing news …

    You may have come across friends or random blogs that tout the alleged hay fever–relieving powers of nettles. But as it turns out, there’s little to no science to support the belief that nettles can help ease someone’s allergies, according to Dr. Maureen George, an associate professor at Columbia University School of Nursing and council member of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. “It is not a natural therapy that I recommend to my patients,” Dr. George told me.

    The article did add this …

    Dr. George told me that there’s a “little bit” of scientific work on the potential benefits of nettles on allergies, including one small study from 2000, which only had 23 people in it, and two other review papers […]

    So, hmmm … it's something to ask the doctor about. And of course, with my luck, I'd wind up being allergic to stinging nettle.