Mar 28, 2011 at 8:49 am #1271254
Anyone else have the same problem? Seems when the weather is prime for hiking, allergies are in full bloom also.
Used to work with plants as an environmental contractor for the military, so I'm super-sensitive, having to "double-tap" the decongestant and benadryl when pollen counts climb; going north to hike is often the only alternative for me and seems to work. What about your area?Mar 28, 2011 at 10:55 am #1715998
I used to be badly effected by allergies from pollen and dust and stuff in Australia. It was bad enough that I pretty much stopped breathing through my nose. Would have sniffles and stuff like every morning and night. Now living in the PNW and have had almost no allergy problems at all. Kind of weird being able to breathe out of my nose again. Not sure if it is weather change or plant change but it sure is better.Mar 28, 2011 at 11:18 am #1716018
Buy a commercial Saline solution for nasal congestion.You want the bottle Fill it with a solution of 1 cup water boiled with a half teaspoon of sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon Xylitol , a sweetener. This will fill two of these bottles . Use it every morning or anytime that you feel your nose shutting down. I also recommend Sinus relief tablets by A.Vogel . Homeopathic. Using these things I no longer use anything else and I used to react to pollen in Oregon like crazy.Mar 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm #1716207
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
" having to "double-tap" the decongestant and benadryl when pollen counts climb; going north to hike is often the only alternative for me and seems to work."
I have allergy problems, cause unknown, in the Sierra. For years I used OTC decongestants(pseudoephedrine)/antihistamines(benadryl) and, while they kept thngs more or less under control, the side effects were unpleasant. For the last couple of years I have been using a prescription antihistamine spray, with excellent results. As a spray, its effect is localized and does not make me drowzy or make it hard to pee like benadryl, and does not irritate my nasal membranes and jack up my heart rate like pseudoephedrine. The name of the drug is Astelin. It might be worth discussing it with your doc.Mar 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm #1716314
Also, a standard prescription med for allergies is a nasal spray with corticosteroids such as flonase.Mar 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm #1716338
Have most of those medications, which I will add to my "consumables". Some of them must have come out when I was out of country however.
Also heard of the neti pot but that will likely be at home.Mar 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm #1716351
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@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
Well, if you don't mind the heat, a desert hike after spring flowering season might just be up your alley.Mar 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm #1718082
@missingutahLocale: Smoky Mountains
Over the past few years, allergies, unfortunately, have become a part of my everyday life.
I'm sure everyone's remedy is a little different; but I've found the best decongestant solution for me is a hot shower. Why? The steam works wonders in breaking down the congestion.
While hot showers are not always readily available when backpacking, I've taken this remedy into the backcountry by utilizing Ramen soup as an alternative. Boil it up, breathe in the steam, and have some hot, sodium-rich liquid for dessert. I suppose other food items and OTC solutions can work as well, but I've found soups, in general, to be the best solution.
During activity, allergies aren't as much of a concern for me (it's mostly around camp), so I can't provide much insight on that.Mar 31, 2011 at 7:52 pm #1718092
In town I add some grilled, chopped jalapeno peppers to eggs and sandwiches to unblock everything in addition to my meds. Maybe adding some jalapenos to ramen or other soup would do the trick in camp, though green chile would work better I suppose.
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