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Hayfever….

By Thumper 13 November 2008 65

I don’t know about anyone else but I don’t suffer form hayfever. I never have, and I believed quite rightly that I would never ever.

Having said that, for some reason I have been stricken with hayfever for the last month and it’s really knocking me about due to lack of sleep, red sore eyes and general unwellness.

And so little Rioters, how many others are suffering form hayfever? Is this year particularly bad for some reason, and if so, why?

Were the rains we received in spring responsible for the growth of some weed that finds it way up your snoz?

Discuss. I shall read through red sore eyes 😉

Disclaimer, I still love spring. Such a stunning time of the year in canberra.


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Jim Jones 12:51 pm 14 Nov 08

But it’s not an either/or situation. There’s no reason why you can’t take comments made on an internet forum into account as well as talking to a pharmacist or whatever. Most of the time the pharmacist asks you what you want anyway.

shanefos 12:40 pm 14 Nov 08

Jim Jones said :

I know you are, you said you are, but what am I?

Hehehe!

Seriously though, there’s nothing like self-medicating, is there?
I’d certainly take advice given on some online forum over that of a medical professional.

Jim Jones 12:17 pm 14 Nov 08

shanefos said :

Jim Jones said :

If you don’t like it, why not take a tab of ‘get the fcuk out’? I don’t remember anybody asking for your opinion of “what’s a legitimate complaint and what is sissy whining”.

Same could be said of you, Mr Jones.

I know you are, you said you are, but what am I?

Gungahlin Al 12:15 pm 14 Nov 08

When I first moved inland (as an adult anyway) from the coast, the hayfever was, to put it simply, debilitating.
Then I was put onto Beconase by a doctor, after failing to make progress with allergists, etc.

As Dan and DAG said, it turns you around. Take whatever symptomatic treatments help you, but keep going with the Beconase (now available over the counter) for 3 or 4 months.

Eventually it helped me totally desensitise, and I no longer have it at all. Took a couple of seasons though.

shanefos 9:12 am 14 Nov 08

Jim Jones said :

If you don’t like it, why not take a tab of ‘get the fcuk out’? I don’t remember anybody asking for your opinion of “what’s a legitimate complaint and what is sissy whining”.

Same could be said of you, Mr Jones.

Jim Jones 9:02 am 14 Nov 08

shanefos said :

from what I have read in this post, it appears to me that most people are just having a whinge about a minor inconvenience.

If you don’t like it, why not take a tab of ‘get the fcuk out’? I don’t remember anybody asking for your opinion of “what’s a legitimate complaint and what is sissy whining”.

shanefos 8:54 am 14 Nov 08

ant said :

I think Shane should go out and give advice to people with cancer. I’m sure it would be helpful.

Wow, Ant! That’s almost as good a trolling-comment as mine!
But clearly hayfever is a far touchier subject than cancer…

And to clear up the “my hayfever is far worse than yours so how dare you make such a comment” – one of my eyes is inflamed and very sore. Yes, I get sneezing fits (admittedly they come and go throughout the day, it’s not a constant thing) that render me absolutely useless for miutes at a time. I have a constant headache. I get a blood nose from time to time from having to blow my nose so often (but then again, this happens to me all year round because my sinuses are stuffed). I do not, however, feel like I am “…blowing the lining from my anal passage” (Haha!)
Apologies for those that have serious allergies, but from what I have read in this post, it appears to me that most people are just having a whinge about a minor inconvenience.

Jim Jones 8:48 am 14 Nov 08

jakez said :

It’s a psychological reaction rather than a physiological. one. “**** yeah I’m roided up and awesome”.

One caveat to my statement. Because they are illegal (basically), people don’t use them properly and thus get side effects.

Thanks jakez – I’ve done a bit of research based on what you said, and damned if I didn’t learn something.

Cheers!

tylersmayhem 8:34 am 14 Nov 08

that should have read …’from your nasal passage’…lol. I guess it sounds more extreme at anal passage……but it’s not quite that bad.

Dude, it’s going to take me a good 20 minutes to clean the coffee off my screen after reading that. Thanks for getting my Friday off to a hilarious start. (Not making light of the symptoms you suffer mate).

Thumper 8:05 am 14 Nov 08

I’m getting me some of them there tablets today! I’m just wondering if anyone has ever died from sneezing…

welkin31 5:48 am 14 Nov 08

re my 39 that little dirt cheap v effective pill from the 80’s and earlier was TABASAN. One of those and “running eyes – dripping nose” was “gorn” for the day
I agree with 40
“Claratyne and Zyrtec and these off the shelf tablets don’t help me at all” cost $20 plus, could never detect any benefit.

dejavont 3:37 am 14 Nov 08

I have perennial allergic rhinitis (hay-fever) , as diagnosed by a Specialist at the Canberra Hospital Immunology outpatients clinic.

Hayfever is a year-round thing for me – wattle isn’t an irritant to me, but grass and dust-mite is.

This is how I manage my allergies:

– 1 over-the-counter antihistamine every day
– irrigate daily in the shower with balanced saline nasal spray (refills from $0.60 ampules of saline from the chemist, careful to store it in the fridge)
– dust-mite pillow and mattress covers

For me, treatment extends to desensitization where I’m exposed to increasing levels of the allergen under controlled and monitored circumstances (to guard against anaphylactic shock).

a. – A regime of sublingual 5-grass seed mix (liquid that tastes like salty grass squirted under the tongue each morning at home)

or

b. – A weekly regime of intramuscular injections of the 5-grass seed mix administered by an enrolled nurse at the Immunology outpatients clinic.

Both will take a while, both won’t ‘cure’ allergy but it will train the autoimmune response to be less severe, less symptomatic.

Immunology Outpatients: get a referral from your GP.
http://www.health.act.gov.au/c/health?a=da&did=10080604

el 2:43 am 14 Nov 08

I hadn’t suffered hayfever for nearly a decade. This year it’s been a fking nightmare.

ant 11:35 pm 13 Nov 08

I think Shane should go out and give advice to people with cancer. I’m sure it would be helpful.

And to repeat something said before, when the itchy eyes and other crap gets unbearable, take a time-out with a cloth full of ice cubes or cold pack pressed around your eyes. The allergist put these on my arms after testing me for things, and it was fast and effective. Allergies are inflammations.

Pandy 10:37 pm 13 Nov 08

Demazin.. Anything else is just notes shoved up your crack and just as effective.

Shane, imagine sneezing continuously that you collapse out of exhaustion. Now just shut the frack-up.

deezagood 8:30 pm 13 Nov 08

Kitchen Man said :

I’ve suffered for nearly 40 years. Claratyne and Zyrtec and these off the shelf tablets don’t help me at all. The only thing that works for me are the big-arse, Demazin 12 hour repetabs. The chemists are not allowed to display them anymore. You have to ask for them specifically. They will grill you as to why you ant them and you can only buy 6 at a time. You have to go on a national police register before you buy them and they’re very very speedy. But they work. They just take all of the feeling out of your nose. I couldn’t function as a regular human this time of the year without them. Try them, if you’re prepared to jump through all the hoops.

I’m soooo trying them tomorrow had enough sneezing and itchiness – arrrgghghhhhh

Pesty 8:13 pm 13 Nov 08

My daughter has suffered for years (now nearly 15) This year,……. Nothing! She is fine, totally without symptoms, could be the 7 year cycle thing? Anyway, she is not complaining!

sheer 7:35 pm 13 Nov 08

Agree, Kitchen Man. Maybe Shane should try sneezing so hard and often that he bleeds from the nose for 6 weeks before deciding who needs to harden up.

Thanks for the post Thumper, I’ve never been a hayfever sufferer before, but this certainly explains a lot. If I have one more sneezing fit today I’m going to scream.

jakez 5:49 pm 13 Nov 08

Kitchen Man said :

Shane that’s a wonderful concept for you. When it grabs me I end up in a non-stop violent sneeze marathon which could run for 4 or 5 hours with the sneezes no more than 10 seconds apart. There is no point blowing your nose because you can’t find enough time between sneezes to do it and when it finally eases off enough for you blow your nose you eventually feel as though you’re blowing the lining from anal passage away. It is not possible for me to function as a human. I’ve tried in younger years to just pretend it’s not there and push on. It just doesn’t work. Without medication I am just a sneezing mess for 6 weeks. Hardening the fcuk up would probably just end getting me sacked because I would be completely inept as an employee on and off for 4-6 weeks of the year. I am traditionally a non-interventionist. When it comes to hayfever, I have to intervene.

…wow. All of a sudden I feel a lot better about my own hayfever.

jakez 5:47 pm 13 Nov 08

Jim Jones said :

“Firstly, roid rage is a complete myth but let’s say it is real,”

Really? I play football with a bloke who has been on the roids for a while, and he’s a total d1ck – just so stupidly aggressive that no-one wants to play with him. It’s been a big issue on and off for a few years. I always figured it must have had something to do with the roids. I suppose he’s just a d1ck.

Just a dick. Think about what people are most likely going to be attracted to taking roids. Now I’m not anti steroids (in certain situations) so that shouldn’t be considered a blanket statement.

It’s a psychological reaction rather than a physiological. one. “fuck yeah I’m roided up and awesome”.

One caveat to my statement. Because they are illegal (basically), people don’t use them properly and thus get side effects.

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