Please help me breathe.
May 24, 2006 8:22 AM Subscribe
I have allergies, I'm constantly congested. I used to take sudafed but can't anymore. What else can I do for relief?
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I'm allergic to pretty much everything. I'm under the care of a pretty darn good allergist now, but he insisted I stop taking sudafed because we discovered my blood pressure was abnormally high. My primary care physician agreed. Great, no more sudafed + some other things my pcp recommended and my blood pressure is down.
NOW, however, I can't breathe. Okay, I can, but not much. And I have sinus headaches frequently. I'm getting allergy shots for dust and ragweed (two of my worst + most treatable via shots I guess). I take Zyrtec, which helps a bit. Benadryl at night, and Nasonex twice daily per the doctor (even though you're normally only supposed to take it once daily). Yesterday, at a follow up visit, I was so conjested they gave me a prednisone shot. Holy sweet breathing freedom . . . for a day. But the congestion is coming back.
I have a follow up in 10 days. But in the mean time, any alternative otc treatments, or outside the norm treatment ideas I can bring up to my doctor?