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The options for treating allergies are antihistamines (Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra, Benadryl), decongestants (pseudoephrine, Sudafed, etc.) and steroids like Nasonex. With Nasonex, the maximum effect is seen two weeks after beginning to use it regularly, so it is better to begin using it about two weeks prior to the start of allergy season in your area. After one use it can take up to 12 hours to see results.
Rinsing your nose with salt water solution is a non-drug way to clear out the allergens. You can purchase a netipot for this at most pharmacies.
It can take a couple of weeks to recover if you can find some way to avoid all allergens that you are sensitive to. Most of us aren't lucky enough to be able to do that though.
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Yes, those of us who suffer allergies know that it takes a few months until all the things we're allergic to have bloomed and the pollen is mostly all gone. For me that means Zyrtec from late March through June along with the netipot daily.
Like you, I also don't like decongestants, especially the long-acting ones. They have to peel me off the ceiling if I take one. I have had success taking just one at a time of the tiny red Sudafed tablets though. That helps with the congestion on bad days and I don't mind taking it more often (every 4-6 hours) as opposed to the 12-24 hour kinds that leave me a nervous mess. Not a pretty site for my patients
Hope it will be a short allergy season for you this year,
Actually the only way to make 100% sure that it is allergies is to be tested. That will also tell you exactly what you are allergic to. Your primary provider can send you to an allergist for testing.
Clear nasal drainage can be allergies or a viral infection. It is colored, thick drainage that usually indicates a secondary bacterial infection. Most nasal problems start off as viral or allergic and then a secondary infection develops which causes the thick, milky to yellow mucus.
Allergic reactions typically start off with scratchy throat and itchy, watery eyes. Later can come sneezing and coughing. If your current symptoms clear up on their own after about 10-14 days from the start, it could be a mild viral infection. There really is no medical treatment for that; we just treat the symptoms which you are already doing.
Shortness of breath isn't common with allergies though. That is something that you should have evaluated by your primary provider.
It isn't rare for allergies to develop later in life. While my sister always had a bad time with them when we were children, I didn't until I was over 30. Goodness knows why it happened, but it did. My fraternal twin has no problem at all - lucky guy.
Gee,it sounds like you have several different things going on.
Tension headaches are a problem all onto themselves. Fiorcet is one treatment. Learning to control the tension is a longer-term solution, but not as easy to learn to relax when you feel the tension building.
Sinus infections are yet another problem, and so are allergies, although an acute flare-up of allergies can possibly lead to sinus infection when your immune system is overwhelmed.
Sometimes it takes the patience of Job to sort them out.
If you are using municipal water, then tap water is fine. If you are using wel water, thhen boiling it first or using distilled water is better.
It's fine to use the netipot. The salt water will actually reduce some of the swelling.
The continuing cough can mean that you have an infection since it is productive. They may want to check for bacteria and put you on an antibiotic if it is a bacterial infection. Viral infection isn't cured by antibiotics. Usually just taking it easy will allow your body to clear a viral infection on its own. Since the cough has gone on for a time now in spite of all your care, it is best to see your provider to learn if more intervention is needed to get you back to 100%.
Sometimes all you can possibly do at home still isn't enough and you have to get that little extra nudge from medical help. It happens to me as well, and I have to see the colleague who is my primary.
Hope you feel better soon.
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Yes, you can get some tooth pain in the upper jaw from infection in the maxillary sinuses.