> > I just started running last year, 10-15 miles a week. My doctor has
> > diag. me with Allergic Rhinitis; hayfever from pollen,dust,and dog
> > hair( I have two dogs and they are my running partners so they must
> > stay).I use Vancenase spray,25mg,and it works ok but the small bottle
> > only lasts a month(only size available) and it costs me $10/mo. I'm
> > having a physical next month and I'd like to talk to my Dr. about
> > trying a different medication. Any ideas or recommendations from fellow
> > runners with the same problem would be greatly appreciated,thanks.
> In spite of the bad publicity lately, I've been using Seldane for about 4
> years and it's made a world of difference. The recommended dosage is 2 per
> day, but I've found that as long as I consistantly take 1 a day, I'm fine
> but for the worst of allergin days.
Seldane works, so does Claritin (only once a day required). I guess
what you have to determine is what level of symptoms that YOU are
willing to tolerate. And then you need to educate your doctor, an
allergist? as that level. Most doctor's immediately want to medicate
you and modify your lifestyle in an effort to relieve you of ALL
symptoms. You go to an allergist and about the first question they
ask is whether you have any animals. If you say yes, they shake
thier head. They then give you a pamplet or other litterture about
how you need to remove all carpets, bedspreads, cloth curtains, etc.
from your living quarters (anything that accumulates dust). And
then they will tell you that if you DON'T do these things you will
not get CURED!
Well, the voice of experience speaks... It's all a bunch of BS. You
will never get "cured". Allergies come and go, but you're never rid
of them no matter what you do. you have to allow yourself some
tolerance of symptoms - otherwise the life you would have to live
to your doctor's prescription. I have been on allergy shots
and various medications for allergies and asthma for almost 30 years
(I'm 40 now). My parents allowed me to set my own tolerance level
as a kid (it's something you can accomodate in your life), and now
the medicating I do is soley based on minimizing sinus infections.
The rest I tolerate. But I have had to look hard for a doctor who
will accept that this is were - I - draw the line. And I have found
that a doctor who accepts this is also very willing to work with you
on treatment - trying different medications, trying whatever is new.
And as far as running goes - it helps immensely. The more you run
means more cleansing air through your respiratory tract. Excerise
will make the sinus passages and airways in your lungs dilate
which means that you are able to breathe easier and keep the
anerobics at bay.