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The midwest is just HELL on allergies. I haven't slept a night through in days since I've been waking up coughing and sneezing, despite taking double-Claritin plus Benadryl.

Today I took Zyrtec and I think that will help. (Only one since I still had 12 hours left on that double-Claritin, and was spewing snot and tears like there's no tomorrow.) I had figured it as being "pretty much the same" as Claritin but I read a post by an allergist that cited Zyrtec testing significantly better. I was down to my last two Zyrtec so I went to get more, and this is just baffling, at Walgreens the cost including sale prices was staggered like this (for generic):
5 pills - $5
30 pills - $15
90 pills - $20
300 pills - $45

And never mind comparing them to the brand-name. It was just all so confusing. I wasn't ready to drop $40 on meds so I went for the 90 pills. I figure in three months we'll be over the most brutal allergy season. I did also see some antihistamine eye drops there that looked promising. I've been pretty pissed off about that $120 eye drop these past few days, considering the tax burden that's on me, and how little I get back for it >:-(

I often think about applying to be Canadian. I disagree with so much here on so many levels. I'd rather give my money to Canada.



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Aug. 5th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Jordan I got 365 generic Zyrtec from Amazon for $16 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036DEALS .
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Good deal. I'll do that when I run out. I'm normally more of an online comparison shopper, but right now it was like, "I need to buy this immediately or be up in the middle of the night...again."

Aug. 5th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
You're welcome =D.

I'm having a horrible time this summer with mine too.
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Is it hayfever?

Here, I get an injection. I won't go into the cost because of the difference in out health systems, but it's a one off i jection that sees me through the hayfever season nicely. I just have to use eyedrops sometimes for itchy eyes.

The injection is steroid based - cortizone? I think - and apparently used for arthritis sufferers. The hayfever relief is a side effect - one of the better side effects. I didn't encounter any others.

The worst thing is that I can't remember for the life of me what it was called. You may not even be able to get it there, or it may cost you a small fortune.

Just thought I'd let you know that there is something. It's criminal the way they make allergy sufferers pay so much for relief.
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
I used to get allergy shots until I was about 19, not the cortizone but the desinsitization thing. But they didn't really do much for me.

Steroids would be too dangerous for me to consider with all their other side effects...that and I'd have to pay for them out of pocket.
Aug. 6th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Are you able to get hold of local honey? It's not a cure, but I find a couple of teaspoons a day really helps with the flower pollen (not much use during grass pollen season, though).

The other, really extreme (but free) natural remedy I've had recommended is to go out early in the season, find a big bed of nettles, strip and roll around in them. The massive shock to your system supposedly stops it from overreacting to pollen for the rest of the season. Can't say my hayfever's ever been bad enough for me to want to test this one out, though!

Reading about the amount you have to pay for healthcare in the US makes me so glad for our crumbling, disorganised NHS - it may be perpetually lurching from crisis to crisis, but at least everyone has access to a prescription of medication for just £7.40, and those on low incomes get them free.
Aug. 6th, 2011 07:13 am (UTC)
Natural remedies like that always intrigue me! I had a chiropractor recommend the local honey cure once, ages ago. I think grass and trees are my big culprits rather than flowers.

After I posted this, I've decided to stop dwelling on how much health care costs. It's sickening. There's some combo of me being taxed higher than everyone else because I'm self-employed and me having access to the least amount of health care options that's really hitting my panic button, but the fact is, I need to acknowledge that if I'm not willing to put up with it, I need to do something about it other than panic. (Marry someone with insurance, apply for Canadian citizenship, go get a day job, etc.) Panicking doesn't solve the problem :(
Aug. 6th, 2011 08:18 am (UTC)
I feel for you, I really do. Having chronic problems with my sinuses myself, I rely on allergy medicine all year round. If I couldn't get it very cheap I don't know what I would have done. My doctor once suggested moving to a desert. Allegedly there's no pollen or other pesky stuff in the air there......as if.
Aug. 6th, 2011 09:08 am (UTC)
I had a good friend whose allergies were just crippling in the Midwest, and when she moved to California they cleared up. I remember her sinuses would just swell up and she'd have the worst allergy-face! You could tell the poor thing was in pain.
Aug. 6th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Well, between the birch and the grass and the mugworth it's a busy season. I have one infection after the other and I never get to breathe properly. It's nearing where I'll actually consider an operation, even though I'm scared of hospitals and I just know it'll take ages to heal. Imagine someone unblocking your sinuses with something similar to an awl, or if that doesn't work, they cut out a piece to make a new opening the size of a dime. Yuck. Ouch. *faints*
I'd rather move to the desert I think. Except we don't have any deserts in Norway.....
Aug. 6th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
When I was a teenager I was getting these mysterious headaches and an ear/nose/throat doctor vacuumed out my sinus, which in a way you would imagine might feel good. IT DOES NOT, IT HURTS LIKE HELL. So I hope you don't end up getting a hole punched in your sinus, I wouldn't want to mess with that :(

(If anyone remembers my crappy dentist who bullied me out of using novocaine, he was at fault here too, for misdiagnosing a tooth that was the cause of the headaches. He was the first place I went and he said it was fine. Probably didn't bother x-raying it. Probably thought x-rays were for wusses. Like novocaine.)

I didn't realize you were in Norway, I'm in a Norwegian-settled part of Wisconsin! You can buy lefse here...and that jellied fish stuff you guys eat. But no, no deserts near you :(
Aug. 7th, 2011 06:05 am (UTC)
The Norwegians are everywhere, aren't they? Not so strange seeing as more than a million of us emigrated to the US to settle in the promised land. XD
LOL! Jellied fish. It's called lutefisk and I hate it. Tastes a little like rubber. It's been conserved in lye for goodness sake. People eat it for christmas, can you imagine? Yuck. ( I suddenly had a vision of Vic being served a plate of quivering pale fish-jelly. OMG. All he would eat would be the syrup and that he'd manage to smear down his shirt in no time.)
Lefse is usually good though. My favorite is to butter it up and sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar. But over here it's old people's food. Makes you traditional to move to the US, most people would like to hold on to the stuff they left behind in the old country I guess. The rest of us eat tacos and pizza like the rest of the world.
Aug. 11th, 2011 10:01 am (UTC)
Jumping in uninvited but...

After being treated for chronic sinusitis and for easily over ten years I finally went with the surgery. In the US, it's outpatient. I think the discomfort lasted all of a couple two or three days, five days max. Then, I noticed I was getting dizzy a lot.

All those years of having to work at getting air through my nose -- I was actually hyperventilating. *laughs* No longer did I need to fight my nose to get air in so I had to relearn how to breathe. That was a job I enjoyed! :)

Now, instead of having constant sinus infections due to chronic allergies, I might get one a year.

I think my surgery was on a Wednesday or Thursday and I was back at work on Monday. Of course, YMMV :)
Aug. 11th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
That sounds amazing. I'm so scared of the specialist we have in town after he treated me pretty roughly the last time I went to se him. And he is the only one in town who can perform the surgery. Just a few days? OMG. Maybe I'll just go ahead then....? *help*
Aug. 11th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
So we don't clutter up and take over Jordan's LJ, if you want to discuss this further and ask questions, I'll be happy to tell you what I experienced. Just email me at tameiki at gmail dot com and I'll see what I can dredge up out of my memory. It's been about four or five years.... :)
Aug. 12th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
I had been enjoying reading about your surgery! Weird, I know. Thank you for sharing your experience!

I'm not blocked up like you guys, unfortunately. I'm just a snot factory.
Aug. 13th, 2011 12:18 pm (UTC)
Being a snot factory is all part and parcel with the effects the surgery has. I didn't even realize I was stuffed up until after the surgery was finished. Here's how it was told to me by my lovely ENT: The opening in the sinus cavity becomes restricted. This promotes bacteria to accumulate at the restriction and thrive. This causes the allergies and sinus infections to grow worse and the symptoms just increase until something is done to fix it.

Might not be a bad idea to have it checked in any case?

Also, with your outrageously expensive prescription -- have you contacted the drug company? Most have programs to help reduce the cost if you qualify. In some cases you can even get them free or 50% off if you go straight to them. A friend of mine who doesn't have insurance does this. Just a thought. :)
Aug. 13th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, forgot to add that I used to have to take allergy meds all the time before the surgery. And now? Only once in a great while. So far this year I've had to take it only once and I'm allergic to nearly everything... trees, mold, pollen, grass... ;p
Aug. 6th, 2011 10:04 am (UTC)
Welcome to Canada. :-) Actually our drugs are not that much cheaper unless you have a drug plan, although if you make less money the you get money back. Not sure how it works exactly. I pay 20% because I have insurance through work.

Good luck getting the allergies under control. My family is fortunate we've not suffered from allergies to any degree.
Aug. 6th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Your drugs aren't necessarily cheaper but you have more things available over the counter. Whenever I visit Buffalo I try to make a stop in St Catherine's for muscle relaxants!

I've determined I'm just angry because I feel like I work harder and pay higher taxes and get nothing in return for them. And I can dwell on that and be miserable, or just accept it, or move.
Aug. 6th, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
I share your pain, although I think you have it way worse than I do! I take Allegra and generic sudaphed and have some eyedrops that are more for wetting my eyes than anything else - allergy season makes my eyes esp dry, which makes them itch.
Aug. 6th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
I just saw Allegra over the counter, which makes me happy. Ages ago I had a doctor who used to give me all the "free samples" she could dig up. The Zyrtec isn't really agreeing with my stomach; I feel all heartburney.

Isn't it a pain to buy Sudaphed these days?
Aug. 6th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Actually, I got my doctor to prescribe the sudaphed, so it's much less of a pain. :)
Aug. 11th, 2011 10:12 am (UTC)
My condolences, Jordan, on your misery with allergies. They're the worst and makes things oh so miserable. Would it be terrible if I hope you get a hard frost soon so you can get some relief?
Aug. 12th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
Summer is ending too soon as it is! No frost! No! :D
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