questionsis it possible to get really sick from allergies?

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Are you talking about seasonal allergies? I'm usually knocked out worse when it's "just" allergies than I am when I'm actually sick with a cold or something. Once I was sick for months, and eventually had to go to the doctor for a steroid shot to beat my allergies.

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This has been just about the most awful year for allergies that I can remember.

I've been taking over the counter Cetirizine (the generic version of Zyrtec) daily since it started warming up and I'm still dealing with watery, itchy, goopy eyes, sneezing, sinus inflammation, and the occasional sore throat.

I can't imagine having to do this without meds.

I buy my Cetirizine at a local pharmacy - 100 ten mg tablets for $15 - you may want to scout your local independent pharmacies for similar deals.

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@purplefeather: I'm not sure, to be quite honest. I've never had an official allergy test, but based on environment have been able to guess that I'm allergic to dust and pollen...possibly pet dander.

I've been on Zyxal for I think about six months? Its worked really well. Occasional congestion, but generally no sneezing or eye issues or anything.

But man oh man everything is just hitting me today. I'm drained, itchy/ goopy eyes, I'm having sneezing fits, I'm sore...it sucks.

When I first started taking Zyxal I was able to take it as needed, then just went to daily for a "better safe than sorry" strategy (I have sneezes that could probably end up in the book of world records. They're powerful.) but now...sheesh, I don't know how I'm going to get through the next couple days.

I had no idea allergies could have this strong of an effect.

PS: I do have more coming through MedCo, will hopefully be to me by Thursday. Thought I had some OTC stuff lying around, but apparently not.

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@durkzilla: Has it, now? That might explain part of it.

Also just occurred to me that there was some construction in my house over the weekend. Lots and lots of dust. That could very well be a contributing factor.

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I believe you are speaking specifically of seasonal allergies. Yes, it is possible to get very sick from them. You say you ran out of your medication. I hope that is not due to financial difficulties. Unless there's something preventing you from doing so, please renew your prescription (or take the advice of @durkzilla, and get that over the counter item).

You may find it helpful to wash your hair every day, and to rinse your face and hands off each time you've gone outside.

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Call me crazy, but your body can build up a tolerance to allergy medicine just like anything else (making you somewhat dependent on it). Any "withdrawal" should last only a day or two, though.

Certainly you can get sick from allergies, but it's usually from secondary infections. I have sinus infections (and bronchitis) about 3 times each spring and 3 times each fall, plus whatever I catch from my kids in the winter. But it's usually because some bacterium or virus has decided to set up shop in my snotty head.

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I'm sorry to hear this. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but statistics show that if you have severe allergies, you are going to die.

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Yes. Definitely yes. But be careful with meds. My blood pressure has always tended to be low, but a lot of allergy and sinus meds will drive your pressure way up. The last time I went in to the doctor with an allergy attack I had been treating with OTC meds for a while, they wouldn't let me leave until my blood pressure came down to normal.

While you're waiting for your meds to arrive, I suggest that you make a quick trip to the pharmacy and look for SudaCare Shower Soothers. These aren't meds, they are giant fizzy tablets you put under a hot shower spray to create an extremely soothing vapor. It's cheaper (and more convenient) than a trip to a spa with a steam room, and non-medicinal so no drug interactions, sleepiness, etc. DH always refused to take meds, but he had some miserable congestion and I persuaded him to try Shower Soothers. (He actually taped a towel over the opening at the top of his shower to hold more vapors in.) When he finished, he offered to go shopping with me!

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Before I used to take cetirizine (aka Zyrtec, 10mg/day), I'd have a bout of bronchitis or pneumonia at least every other year (this went back for ~20 years). Since I started taking it, I haven't had any issues at all (for ~10 years).

I have two cats, plus a mild alergy to them. I don't know that the alergy was causing the illness, as I also had untreated OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) for part of the time that I was getting sick, but certainly not all of it.

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@durkzilla: I get a year's supply of cetirizine (365 10mg tablets) from BJ's for ~$33 (way less than the $54+ at your pricing).

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I'm with @belyndag on this one. Not from personal experience, but I've witnessed my boss from a former job (in landscaping) get sick from alergies. The alergies were so severe that he developed a fever. The doctors told him that if the symptoms from the allergies are very bad, the body can react in many ways, and develop many kinds of sicknessnes from this.

Don't lose hope. My boss ended up seeing an allergy specialist who helped him get through it. Then, after three years, his allergies just randomly stopped. His doctor said this is very common, and that the average human body will change every 6 - 8 years. The reason is unexplainable, but allergies can come and go, as well as sensitivities to different things. I hope you are relieved of yours soon! :)

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@lumpthar: wow. I didn't even realize one could go through withdrawal from allergy meds. I've heard of psych meds have withdrawal, but never would have guessed. That very well could be it.

@dubdubdub: oh noes!

@belyndag: didn't know such a product existed. I'll definitely look into that, thanks!

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I know a couple people in my family (mom and brother) have a hard time distinguishing between the flu and their allergies a couple times each year. I don't have allergies much at all, but I've also heard that this year is absolutely terrible for them.

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@belyndag: it doesn’t have any drugs in it but after using it a Man wants to go shopping ... I’m not buying the first statement :-)

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Yes it is. My wife has gotten so bad that she developed pneumonia.

Gotta be careful about stuff like that.

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The suffering from the seasonal allergies won't kill you itself but it will make your life miserable and potentially weaken your system making you vulnerable to other things. Better living through medicine.

If it's dust and pollen, you can also get a high quality air filter which will pull a lot of the crap out of the air and from your nose. Also, you may want to clean out your nasal passages with a saline flush or somethign of the like as pollen and dust gets caught up there.

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I've gotten sinus infections from my allergies kicking my @$$. SUCKS!
Last one was back in Feb/March. It was bad. About a week and half of it. Wouldn't wish it upon anyone.

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@thedogma: It's not severe withdrawal, but antihistamines bind to the histamine (and other) receptors on your nerves. It follows that when you stop using antihistamines that your nervous system would have to readjust to baseline noise, so-to-speak. It's only for a day or two, though.

Click here for tolerance/withdrawal info for Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), a 1st generation antihistamine.

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@lumpthar: I don't think it's withdrawal, looking to those. I'm not really having any digestive problems, and if anything I'm going through hypersomnia rather than insomnia. Then again, different drugs have different effects.

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OMG, yes. My sister and I both get really bad "flu" in the Spring, with sinus infections, and year round I can feel really unwell. Allergy tests showed I am allergic to grass and dust. Amazon carries generic Claritin, and I really love Bioallers natural allergy tabs. I need both- the first one lasts, but takes a while to kick in, and the tabs work fast, but wear off in a few hours. I am not messing around with prescriptions- everything seems to have side effects.

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@djbowman: I know! Seriously! I think he was just SOOO relieved that he was feeling better, that he wanted to do something to thank me, and shopping is something he hates. I have to admit that we didn't really GO shopping, and I suspect he might have been less than cooperative if I had taken him up on the offer, but he definitely felt better.

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It's very possible indeed, but I have never had it happen to me. Get better soon!

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If it is seasonal stuff, did you ever try the shots? My husband had them for a few years and the allergy's completely went away.
It has been over 30 years since he stopped the shots.

This year has been bad. When I told the vet the dog's nose has been running for months, she just nodded and said, bad year.

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An allergic response is a hypersensitivity response to a substance that your immune system reacts to. It is very unlikely that you are going through withdrawals because it is rare amongst most "allergy medications." Depending on your medication your body may be over responding to your usual allergies and causing you to feel like a BOC. Many prescription "allergy medication" influences mast cell degranulation, which is the release of histamine from stored vessicles in mast cells. A sudden decrease in anything inhibiting histamine can have a rebound effect. I would suggest that you don't stop anything you take regularly so suddenly, but to ween yourself slowly, and if you find yourself running out to increase the intermittent interval between doses until you refill. Good Luck and I hope you feel better.

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@belyndag: I've been looking for those for a while. As a medical professional they are probably bad for you. You shouldn't inhale most things that aren't air. Vick's isn't the best especially for babies as well. Those shower soothers are a guilty pleasure of mine.

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@thedogma: Was it new construction, or a repair of old construction? I ask this because maybe a mold pocket was uncovered. My wife has the same allergies as you, but discovered recently she is super sensitive to mold.

She can be around it and it will make everything worse, and has the exact same symptoms as you do right now when she gets too much of it.

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@dubdubdub: Unlike those who don't have severe allergies, and will die also?

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@107bear: That's a really good point, I didn't even consider that. It's a mix of both, honestly. New floors were put into a room that hasn't had them since I moved into the house. That room was in fairly deplorable condition when my landlord got the house (but it was fine when I moved in, the room just didn't have a floor).

I'm going to have to say it was related to antihistamines though. Thankfully, my medicine arrived yesterday and within an hour of taking it, I felt a lot better.

Thanks so much for all the kind words and advice everyone!!