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The Spring months of April and May mark the peak of what many experience as allergy hell in Davis. Hundreds of folks retreat into their homes and cubicles with red eyes, sneezing noses, and fatigued limbs.

Head down to a local pharmacy for medication, or one of the other remedies:

Allergy Relief

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Allegra cannot be taken with fruit juice as it may affect absorption. Claritin can be taken with or without food. However, some claim that Claritin is better absorbed on an empty stomach. It may also be a good idea to wait an hour or 2 before eating or else the Claritin will not be as effective. You can always take Claritin at bedtime since most people do not eat right before bedtime. Zyrtec may be taken with or without food. Allergists sometimes recommend combining different medicines, so one could, e.g., take Claritin in the morning and Zyrtec at night, although again, drowsiness may occur and this can be dangerous if you are driving a car, riding a bike, or operating dangerous machinery. It is generally recommended to take only one allergy medicine at a time or else drowsiness could cause you to fall asleep during the day. (Obviously, recommendations about combining allergy medicines differ! Try it some weekend when you don't need to drive and see how you feel).

Please note that Benadryl (generic is diphenhydramine) is also an allergy medication, however it causes extreme drowsiness and it is used as a sleeping pill. Driving and taking Benadryl can be dangerous. Benadryl and its generic are found in many cough and cold/allergy medications. You could accidentally overdose on this if you are combing several different allergy or cold medications. Benadryl is also used for severe allergic reactions and hives. For example, if you are severely allergic to nuts and you are having hives and difficulty breathing you could take Benadryl to help with these symptoms if you cannot get to a hospital right away. Benadryl works to treat hives and allergic reactions much faster than Zyrtec, Allegra, or Claritin.

If you are worried about drowsiness with these medications, you can always take them at bedtime. Remember pollen levels are the highest late at night and in the early morning, so taking the medications at night will make sure you are protected when you wake up.

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2006-05-10 17:47:45   I find that loratidine-based tablets are too weak for my allergies. 12-hour Drixoral seems to do a pretty good job for medium-heavy seasonal allergies. Mmm... 6 mg of Dexbrompheniramine Maleate. —KarlMogel


2007-03-30 20:17:22   I believe dexbrompheniramine is prescription only, so if you don't wanna go through the hassle...but if you don't then your allergies aren't bad enough. —BradBenedict


2007-04-01 04:05:53   My eyes are burning. I don't want to go outside anymore! —KaiWan


2008-03-16 02:09:04   I had really horrible allergies at Davis, but when I took Claritin (loratadine), I experienced some very vivid and lucid dreams. I was warned that one of the possible side effects was sleep disturbances. I felt like I was on drugs during my dreams. I had to discontinue Claritin, because the effects were just too disturbing. I tried over the counter Nasalcrom spray, which worked but I had to use the spray many times a day just to keep the allergies away. Eventually, I tried Flonase(fluticasone), which was very effective and gave me no side effects. I only had to use the spray once or twice a day and my allergies went away. It was amazing! —Jedron


2008-04-13 16:01:02   That'd be horrible to have such severe allergies to have to need to wear a surgical mask. —SunjeetBaadkar


2008-05-14 16:35:08   i hate spring —shigella


2008-05-19 19:33:58   Recently, my family and I have been bicycling out around the backroads near the dump/water processing planet. When we go out there, we all experience this intense itching, burning, painful rash on our exposed skin. Anyone have a clue what's growing out there that could cause this? It doesn't happen anywhere else... —anattadoll


2010-03-24 18:50:29   I once heard that allergies in Davis is worst than in Sacramento because there are more non-native plants here. Is that true? —LeeY



2012-06-05 23:10:49   Eat local honey? —MarleyWH


2012-10-19 05:09:56   So about two weeks ago i bought an over the counter Zyrtec medicine! And how am i feeling now may you ask?? Just horrible! It is not working! I am soooo restlessss. I have not gottin no more than 2 hours of sleep all week. I dont know what to do i just want to sleep i have even taken benedryl, and other stuff in the past mentioned above! I am about to go get some sleeping pillls so i can just sleep :( this is horrible all my life ive been suffering and tryed everything theres no cure for me! somone please help me and suggest something. Email me at ranaldiamanda@yahoo.com.amandar


2012-10-19 10:05:18   Try KESTINE (Ebas-tine). This one works and has NO side effects. I have tried it all too and I know what I am talking about. This one is best! [WWW]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EbastineConstantiaOomen


2012-10-19 13:12:30   Hi CovertProfessor. I really am a highly experienced allergy 'sufferer'. In The Netherlands I had a real long history (years!) searching for the right medicine. I for example used Claritine (if I am right about this name in combination with the side effect) and something very unwanted happened: I was hungry all day and gained weight fast. It was because of this medicine. When I stopped with it, my metabolism went back to normal and my weight dropped to normal levels. I tried all kinds of stuff; Zyrtec certainly wasn't the worst of all, in fact, it was one of the better ones. For a short time, I used Rhinocort, this one contains hormones and it gave me something I really wasn't longing for: migraine. I had that with taking "the pill" too (and very severe). ———

But the only one, really right and with zero side effects, is Kestine. I found it through a specialist in The Erasmus MC in Rotterdam ([WWW]http://www.erasmusmc.nl/?lang=en). This specialist was truly an exceptional good researcher. In The Netherlands this one: Kestine is rarer prescribed, but you can get it through prescription if you ask for it. Most people use the more known brands and stuff.
Here in America I had to order on the internet, and it came from China (!). I hope this brand will be imported more, so I can buy it here too.
This Kestine is a life saver and I am not exaggerating; it regulates your well being and will bring allergy back to something you can handle (and without having to pay for it with side effects). —ConstantiaOomen

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