The Water Cooler – Allergies

April 23, 2014 12:00 pm · 36 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Do you, or does somebody you know have allergies, and if so, have you noticed if they’ve been worse so far this year?

Also, what do you do to control them?

Talk about it….

Praying it stays the same April 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

This year has not been too bad for me thankfully! Some springs I am nearly comatose til summer. Benadryl is the only thing that works for me.

Nuttsie the Nutter April 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

This year has been horrible. Runny, itchy eyes. Runny, dry as a rock nose. So congested I can hardly sleep.

Nasal spray, allergy pills and a lot of suffering. I’ll be glad when spring is over.

Concord74 April 23, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Lotsa of water!

funny man April 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM

DRUGS lots of drugs… legal, over the counter ones of course
and naw not too bad, a bit of sneezyness last week and a little runny today but average id say

Julio April 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM

In Antioch everyone has allergies. It is know as the worst place in the state for allergies because of the wind I guess.

Lucy April 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

This year has been terrible so far!!!! Watery itchy eyes and lots and lots of coughing!! Dry nose here too. Everyone reacts differently to different kinds of pollens.

Anon April 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

mine have not been nearly as bad this year as they were last year. I was always so congested and had that scratchy feeling in my nose, throat, and ears. when they start getting bad, I use nasal spray and the generic version of Claritin pills when I wake up and I am good to go!

Triple Canopy April 23, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Yup.. am afflicted.

I do nothing but launch snot rockets and drink lots of water. I don’t take any allergy medicine because it just makes me sleepy and unproductive. I grind through it and get stuff done.

It’s not any worse than any other year but it seems a few weeks early… usually it is early to mid-May for two weeks and then it is gone for the rest of the year.

Gary April 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

When the cottonwood trees are blowing their cotton all over the place, That is the worst part of allergy season for me.

Opticon A eye drops work very good.

I do not like taking pills for anything.

sniffle April 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM

yes I am yelling!

SneezytheSneezer April 23, 2014 at 1:36 PM

My BF has bad allergies all year. He’s taking allergy shots. They were working great when he was getting a shot every other week. Now that he’s on maintenance, they seem to have stopped working so he’s back to wheezing, sneezing and coughing. He’s also got asthma so it’s not making it any more pleasant. I used to get horrible allergies as a kid. My allergies are very mild. Once in a while I have an allergy attack, but I feel very lucky in that I don’t have them that bad given all the pollen I see everywhere. If I do have an allergy attack, I take a Benadryl. I’ll taken 1-2 one night and then maintain it for a couple of nights–(take 1 at night). Helps me to sleep too. I also eat lots of local honey in my tea which helps with allergies and keeps colds and flu away too by boosting my immune system.

ChampagneKitty April 23, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Here are a couple of recent stories about allergies from KTVU that may be of interest:

I suffer from allergy symptoms too, though it isn’t real bad. My bigger concern is asthma which my doctor feels gets aggravated by allergies. I take over the counter generic Claritin or Allegra, plus a prescription steroid nasal spray (right now it’s Veramyst). For asthma, I take Pulmacort and when I need it, albuterol.

JET April 23, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Allergies have been horrible so far this year! 90% of the time I can’t breathe through my nose, can’t smell anything, all dried out. It sucks. I have tried all the over the counter stuff (Benadryl, Sudafed, etc) but nothing seems to help with the DAILY throbbing sinus headaches I have had for over 2 months now.

MrDuckyWucky April 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

poor babies…see my sad face?


Jim Shoes April 23, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Usually mine are so bad I’m indoors with windows closed up for a good two months. Thankfully they’re not quite there yet this year. Although I’m sure they will be soon.

Blink April 23, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Sinus rinse….see dr oz……

TOB April 23, 2014 at 3:40 PM

I often have severe allergies but this year has been very good. Also depends on the allergy.. Myself it’s grass pollen so apparently not as bad this year as past years, my eyes, nose and lungs tell me so. 🙂

If you have unbearable itchy eyes, use something cold around ducts for 20 sec on off and on again, itch will be gone.. Hot shower helps to breath better. Home remedies that do work. Zrytek works best for OTC med but none of them work 100%.

If you’re eyes really bug you, expensive prescription drops that work well but can’t justify cost as not covered by most plans can be upwards to 100.00 for little bottle. Sad thing with allergies no matter what you use now, it will be less effective later even shots.

Been fighting this for several years and worse than most.. Doctors tried everything and over all that time these are the things that work best to give me comfort. I do have that 100;00 bottle of eye drops only because it works but I try and use cold compresses on eyes instead which do work well too.

Also Flonase (steroid) daily whether you need it or not will make nose less sensitive so less sneezing.. Maybe it’s all this stuff making me feel good but wow this year for me has been wonderful and hoping it holds out. Normally eyes swollen shut so to is nasal. Not this year.. 🙂

funnygal April 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM

This is the worst allergy season, especially since pg&e hasn’t cut down the trees yet, you can see the pollen in the air..

ChampagneKitty April 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Oops, I just noticed that I posted the same article twice. Here’s the other one:

RANDOM TASK April 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM

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@RANDOM TASK April 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM

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I highly recommend April 23, 2014 at 5:55 PM

soaking of ones head in a bucket of water. 15 min seems about the right amount of time. Its worked on everyone I have convinced to give this remedy a try. No one has had any further allergy concerns.

Dorothy April 23, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Wait a moment while I take care of the itchy eyes, itchy ears, itchy nose, and get some tissue.

Okay, yeah, I have allergies in the spring.

Don April 23, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Not bad this year

Classy April 23, 2014 at 7:59 PM

My poor son has had them terribly, every year, the last two months of school.Nothing seems to help.

foonman April 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Suffered with it since childhood. Took a shot in each arm for 14 years as a young man. Sometimes the shots were twice a week in spring. Great sympathy for others as my is controlled by otc Claritin now but I wont start to feel normal until middle of may…….good luck………….

Kelly Anne April 23, 2014 at 9:09 PM

I’ve been suffering from bad allergies everyday since I moved to pollen town aka ‘trailer park ‘ that backs lup to the bike trail.and I mean everyday.nothing helps except NyQuil, but I can’t take that all the time if I want a healthy liver.

Jess April 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM

It’s been an average allergy season for me so far.

My daughter has awful allergies. She swears by the prescription corticosteroid nasal spray she uses. Nothing else works for her.

I take a generic version of a non-drowsy antihistamine such as Allegra or Claritin in the morning. Sometimes I take a benedryl at night. If my eyes are itchy I use antihistamine eye drops such as Opcon-A. The eye drops help a lot. If it’s a really bad allergy season I’ll call Kaiser and get a prescription for a nasal spray, but I haven’t done that this year. You’re supposed to start the nasal spray before allergy season starts because it takes a week or two for the spray to take effect.

Lari April 23, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Not as bad this year (so far!). I got allergy shots years ago and they really helped reduce symptoms overall. Now, I just take an Allegra in the AM, Ocean spray when needed and a spoonful of local honey every eve.

ale April 23, 2014 at 10:43 PM

I have terrible allergies. A combo of an inhaled corticosteroid for my lungs and a corticosteroid nasal spray results in pretty close to zero symptoms other than coughing when exercising. The nasal steroid was the best choice I ever made.

Concernicus April 24, 2014 at 6:49 AM

yes, i have pollen allergies.
and no, they havent been acting up that much until lately, when it started to be so gods-damned windy outside. itll probably die down again once its not so windy anymore.

Lori April 24, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Pretty bad but not not much worse than previous years. I just suffer through it because I hate the way allergy meds make me feel 🙁

Firstw April 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM

I started taking A&H nasal saline spray while I shower each morning and Flonase in the afternoon. Plus my son decided to skip baseball this year so I’m spending more time indoors. That combined has made this year very mild for me.

Z-Man April 24, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Live off Pine Hollow, and the Clayton Concord border is just awful. Started back in November, died down in Dec and Jan, but since Feb, it is super awful. A lot of cotton like fuzz in the air (Pine trees I think) and before that was the green dust pollen from the pine trees. Cars are still caked with that stuff up here.

24 hour allergy med have an 8 hour half life, so essentially, the first 8 hours is when the pill helps… oh well for “24 hour” from a 24 hour pill!

Yes-some April 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I have allergies that usually hit last week of April or 1st week of May. They started a little bit this week, which was about a week early. Usually last 4-6 weeks. I really dislike taking medicine, so avoid it until the point where I feel like I can’t think or function. Avoiding medicine, I try to eat local honey, which I have heard helps; concentrate outdoor time to the early morning and when it isn’t windy; drink lots of water, wear sunglasses; wear a bandana over face when mowing the yard. When I feel like I need to take a drug in order to function at work, I take Alavert non-drowsy. But it does make me drowsy.

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