Seasonal allergies? Please advice needed


I am a 36 year old male who lives in Pennsylvania. I have always had allergies, especially to pets and some seasonal allergies. This year, however, has been as bad as i ever remember. Since the end of May, I have had to take allergy meds nearly daily due to typical hayfever symptoms. It isnt getting any better, so I am concerned if it is something else? It has been bad whether I am home or not so I dont think its my house. I dont have pets. I have an appt to get allergy test done, but I dont have good health insurance and have to pay cash. So before I do that, can anyone offer advice as to what this can be? Anyone else experiencing hayfever symptoms almost daily since May? Any advice is much appreciated! 


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  • K8sMom2002

    Welcome, Jmcman13! This year does seem to be really worse when it comes to environmental allergies. Even though our DD was on Zyrtec once daily year round, she wound up with hives earlier this spring. So our allergist bumped her up to Zyrtec twice a day. 

    Allergies can change — they can get better or worse as a person gets older. Or you can develop an allergy to a new pollen or environmental allergen.

    Have you recently (within the past four or five years?) moved to your current location? Our allergist has told us that most allergists don't recommend moving to escape allergens. You can develop new allergies after a few years in a new place.

    One thing that has helped us is using resources like the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology's  or . You can see what pollens are higher and could be causing a problem, then ask your allergist to test for those allergies.

    Allergy shots are a long term treatment that can help — it's a big commitment, but it has helped many of AAFA's members. 

    And an allergist can take a look at your current medications and help you figure out better control — some antihistamines work better, and there are nasal steroid sprays that have helped folks as well. 

  • Melissa G

    This year has been brutal! I haven't been able to come off my daily antihistamine either. What are you taking? Maybe you could switch to something else?

  • jmcman13

    Im so sorry, I never replied! I didnt get alerts lol. So  yes, heavy symptoms subsided by end of july. Thank God! Next spring I will start taking allergy meds earlier. 

  • Melissa G

    @jmcman13, spring allergy season is upon. Did you take your allergy medications sooner this year? How are you doing?