I am allergic. To everything!
And before you ask, yes- I have had blood tests done and I have years of medical history to back up my battles. And you know what annoys the crap out of me!? I have to keep my hay fever under control in order to control my asthma, because even on asthma meds I WILL battle if I don’t control my hay fever, but my medical aid will NOT put my hay fever meds onto my chronic plan! Allergy medication doesn’t qualify for chronic.
Where shall I start… I am allergic to over 80 plants including trees and grasses, so there is no way I can avoid them all. I am so allergic that the two times I was in hospital with asthmatic pneumonia I wasn’t allowed to have flowers in my room!
I am especially allergic to horses which breaks my heart because I love them so… and its not just sneezing- its allergic conjunctivitis and a rash on my face, neck and upper chest. So I avoid them.
Pet dander is also on my allergen list but is far easier controlled than the plant allergy and horses.
For my asthma I am on Inflammide and Avamys, and my asthma is under control. Its glorious. Being ale to breathe ALL the time is so great! I can’t explain it to you unless you have ever not been able to breathe for any length of time.
For the longest time I was taking 10mg tablet of Zyrtec (Cetirizine). It worked like a bomb. Then I couldn’t afford it so I switched to Allergex, but I had to literally overdose on it before it had any effect, and buying 4 boxes of 30 tablets a month cost almost the same as the Zyrtec so I switched back. Then I was taking Zyrtec and a 5mg tablet of Deselex (Desloratadine) and I was problem free for a long time. But as I mentioned before, every time I went to the chemist and told them I wanted a box of both Zyrtec and Deselex, they’d ask with concern if I was taking both, but they are over the counter so they gave them to me. Then out of curiosity I asked why the concern and they said that they are both pretty strong and perhaps I only needed one? But without meds I am sneezing, puffy-eyed and covered with welts within 24 hours! So one of them suggested I try Zyrtec and a 5mg tablet of Xyzal (Levocetirizine). I did so, and less than two weeks later I am not sneezing, but I my neck, upper torso and back is covered in a painful itchy rash! Its so annoying that it wakes me up!
Germolene and Anthisan did not help even a little bit and the rash continued to get worse.
I went to the doctor who gave me a cortisone cream for the rash (which is already feeling better), and she suggested I go back onto the Deselex and Zyrtec if it was working better. Deselex is potent, it doesn’t react with other medication and it doesn’t cross the blood-brain barrier!
So pharmacists be damned, I am going to be taking a Deselex at night and a Zyrtec in the morning. I’m just not going to tell them they’re both for me. 🙂