Allergies: OK last year from December through March and into April my allergies were really bad. I told myself that if this year began the same, I would seek medical attention. I visited an allergy doctor in January this year. We talked about last year and she told me last year was a "super massive pollen event". Warm wet weather setup a pollen explosion where many plants and trees produced more and sustained pollen than usual. On the day of my visit I had pretty bad symptoms, usual stuffy, runny, itchy, etc... She wanted to do a skin test but said I have to go a week without antihistamines or it would skew the test. She prescribed an antibiotic and a sinus rinse thingy, and said come back in a week. I didn't see how the antibiotic was going to help seasonal allergies? Well, it did as of the next day. The Doc told me I had an almost sinus infection. My symptoms were severe but were there some days and some days not. She said the sinus build up was causing the sneezing, stuffy, runny, itchy, etc... I have not sneezed one time in almost three weeks now and I have not taken any antihistamines (no actifed, benadryl, zyrtec, or even sudafed). I was skin tested and it revealed the usual expected issues cat, grasses, dust, etc... but also the worst was juniper and cedar. This is likely the cause of my problems she said as juniper and cedar are producing pollen in the winter months. She has now prescribed Nasonex spray and I continue to use the sinus wash daily (Neil Meds). Sneeze free and loving life again. If your allergies come and go without any rhyme or reason, you may want to check to see if you have an "almost sinus infection"... I would recommend the sinus wash for sure, it's kind of gross at first, but 10 minutes later you feel fantastic.
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