Thursday, June 2, 2011

Seasonal Allergies: A Rant

BEHOLD my arsenal of allergy remedies!
This is how I make it through the spring...and summer...and fall...OK, and winter!

See that little plastic Aladdin's lamp thing sitting on top of a box of Loratidine (Generic Claritin)? That's my neti pot.  The one I bought twice.  Because I chickened out the first time.  And the second time.  And quite frankly, I just love saying it! Net-i…pot…

I’d read several articles espousing the miracles of the neti pot and and how it was like an archaeology dig for your sinuses,  but I don’t like feeling that I’m drowning…that swimming pool water up the nose burning headache worse than brain freeze.  I’ve traded it  for a little bulb nasal irrigator.  Not much better but less intimidating and a tiny bit more tolerable. Still hard to commit. OK, I’ve abandoned that too!

It not easy being allergic:
  • When my husband wakes up to find my wadded tissue close to his face…that ain’t sexy.  
  • When I sneeze--which is quite often in fits of multiples-- my dog just casually exits the room. I'm starting to take offense!
  • When a strange Beagle recently jumped on my lap at the dog run, I had to pay a visit to the emergency room because I spontaneously broke out in hives.
I just realized I could be each of Snow White's 7 Dwarfs:

Bashful (don’t look at me, I’m a sneezy mess!)
Doc (how many refills of Flovent do I have? )
Dopey (I’m floooooooatinnnnnng…is your side of the room spinning?)

Grumpy ( I know I’m running late! If I can stop blowing my nose I could get dressed already!)

Happy (Oooh, 4 more boxes of Kleenex…with Lotion! Yes!!)

Sleepy (I want to do some work but I can’t seem to move off the couch…ok, 5 more minutes, I promise)

Sneezy (God bless me!)

I spend a fortune on Swiffer dust cloths because we have a beloved hairy beast who's worth every penny.  There's a box of Kleenex in every room and the insides of all my pockets and purses are flocked with tissue dust.

And speaking of dust...while we're packing for our big move, we're stirring up dust bunnies we didn't even know existed!  So, I just ordered a couple of these, on sale at

Hamilton Beach True Air Allergen-Reducing Air Cleaner
After reading scads of mixed reviews for the Sharper Image Ionic Breeze (most prized for not using those pesky filters that always need replacing and soon become obsolete anyway), I decided to try two of these (highly recommended and allegedly quiet and effective) HB units with a permanent HEPA filter you just vacuum off.  We'll see how that goes.  Hopefully they won't end up on the top of the pile at our Graveyard of Obsolete Electronics!


  1. You are not alone! My allergies are just as bad and they are year round. I was skin tested at a allergy specialists office and basically I am allergic to almost everything, except for food items. Grass, trees, flowers, dust, mold, cats, dogs etc. Sad. My husband says we should buy stock in Kleenex because I go through so much of it. Do you take allergy meds? I had been taking Zyrtec and that helps but since I am now pregnant I can't take anything. I have been using the Neti Pot and that has seriously helped. It does feel like you are drowning and it is uncomfortable but if you keep at it soon you won't feel a thing. When it's really bad I do it 2-3 times a day. I've contemplated going one of those air filter HEPA thingys. I'm curious to see if it helps at all. (Oh and we're in the process of moving too and I'm dreading it because of all the dust kick up. I can't even do fans or ceiling fans because it blows around the dust.)

  2. Oh, janyclaire, we are sneezing sisters! Your post really made me laugh; I see you totally understand! LOL. I take Claritin in the daytime and Benadryl at night, but nothing seems to work after a routine of taking it. I have tried Zyrtec in the past, but I'd awake feeling like I'd been clubbed over the head so I stopped. By the way, I took that same sadistic allergy skin test. Worst day ever.

    I'll have to let you know how the HEPA filters work out. In the meantime, if you get stuffy-nosed at night, those Breathe Right strips really work! :)

  3. Following your blog from The Etsy Blog Team. I'm sorry about your allergies but your Rant is very entertaining!! The products in your Etsy shop are beautiful.

  4. My husband gets allergies really bad certain times of the year nothing over the counter works anymore he has to take a couple of prescription mediications =/ Hope the air cleaners work! I 'd like to find some good ones that work too we have um lets just say several fur kids haha

    Also from the etsy blog team and a new follower! =)

  5. Hi - also following you from the etsy blog team :)
    Kleenex in every room - sounds like my house lol! The worst is when I forget to empty pockets and then there's even kleenex in the dryer...! I would love to know if the air cleaner makes any difference. I've thought about getting one as well.

  6. Mary Lou, thank you! And I'm always happy to entertain. Something good must come of this madness! :)

  7. Arizona Girls, I'll bet your husband would rather sneeze every day of his life than live w/o your fur kids. ;) I'll have to pop back in for an update on the air purifiers.

  8. SibStudio, yes, I forgot to mention the Kleenex that end up in the laundry! Isn't that the worst? LOL. Occasionally I do forget to check my pockets...Oops! :)

  9. Hope you're feeling better soon, from one allergy sufferer to another. :)

    So glad I found you through the Etsy Blog Team!
    I am your newest blog follower. :)
    Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

    I welcome you to check out my art blog, too!

    Mary C. Nasser

  10. My poor friend! My allergies have started to act up as well but I have different symptoms. All my mucous membranes get itchy. Itchy eyes, itchy throat, ears etc... yada yada!

    I hope your new investment pays off.

  11. Thanks, Mary C.! I am in great company, I see!

  12. Sewlutions, you have my sympathy; I get some of your symptoms as well. If the air purifiers make things even a little bit better, I'll let you know. We all sound like an infomercial for allergy remedies! =)

    By the way, if anyone has successfully tried any natural remedies for allergies, I'd love to hear about it.

  13. I can vouch for the neti pot. The secret is to relax and don't swallow, sniff or move for the 30 seconds you do it. Only put a little salt in luke warm water and it shouldn't hurt. It's an acquired activity but once through the initial horror is marvellous. My husband used to have such severe allergies until he took the activity up. Give it another go!

    Thanks for being my newest follower!

  14. YONKS, thanks for the encouragement. I think I keep buying the neti pots because I really do believe they'll help; I know my nasal passages feel better afterwards, but it certainly is an acquired activity! I hear too many people who've been helped by them to give up on it completely. Thanks for visiting!


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