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    Default Really Suffering, please help!

    My allergies are so severe that i sneeze 30 - 50 times a day, have a constant ********* nose, watering itchy eyes. It is just beyond a joke now. I am pregnant so can't/don't want to take any medication, have tried the nasal saline washout which doesn't help. The only thing that relieves it is leaving my house, i am fine at work. Obviously it is something in my house but i have tried vacuuming, cleaning to an inch of its life. I can't afford an air purifier at the moment (i do plan to get one eventually though) I'm so miserable I can't even explain how draining it is to be like this all day

    Can any allergy sufferers help me with ANY tips on relieving these symptoms, i will try ANYTHING!!

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    If you change your mind re medications, phenergan was recommended by my Ob.

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    Do you mind me asking why you don't want to take medication? Quite a few allergy meds are fine to use while pregnant.
    I also suffer from allergies & I totally empathise with you, they are the pits!
    Try steam inhalations - bowl of hot (not boiling) water, towel over head & breath the steam.
    Use saline spray & lubricant eye drops around the clock.
    Open windows as much as possible at home.
    Consider talking to your Dr or Pharmacist about safe medications. I used a steroid nasal spray during my pregnancy - I would have lost my mind if I couldn't take anything! Quite a few antihistamines are fine too.
    Hope you get some relief soon x

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    Thankyou both. I suppose the reason is that i have such severe, daily allergies that I would be taking something everyday throughout my whole pregnancy! Even if said medications were safe, i still try and limit exposure to medications through pregnancy as much as possible. I probably should look into them though for days like today when they are particularly severe

    Have not tried eye drops that is a great idea, and i have just read up about steam inhalation which sounds really good too, will try both of these things thanks!

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    do you know what your triggers are?? im thinking if you are allergic to house dust mite. your excessive cleaning could be the wrong thing for you to be doing. ?? you might need to get someone else to do the cleaning, or limit the time you spend doing such chores. I find, for myself, if I spend more than 20 mins vacuuming, or folding/sorting clothes, I will start sneezing and/or coughing. also any exposure to bleach will give me difficulty breathing. marie.

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    I used steroid nasal spray and tablet antihistamines when my allergies were bad throughout pregnancy, there was no way I could go without anything some days. There are some which are safe, speak to your dr or pharmacist for advice.

    After you've given birth seriously look into getting some immunotherapy for your allergies if they are that severe all the time. It works extremely well.

    Also I agree with @SuperGranny, daily cleaning and dusting etc can push the dust and allergens around and actually make it far worse. Cut back on the dusting and vacuuming and see if it helps.

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    Do you have carpet & curtains?

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    My triggers are dust, pollen, animal hair. You are probably right about the excessive cleaning, but it's an old house so the dirt/dust builds up quickly so it's like a lose lose situation! Hubby has recently ripped up the carpets in the bedrooms and we are getting the hardwood floors sanded underneath and I feel like that has helped a little when I'm in bed, I don't wake up sneezing anymore. I also threw out all the rugs. We do have curtains in 2 of the rooms. I have never heard of immunotherapy before but it sounds really interesting and something I should look into! My allergies have been bad ever since a child but this pregnancy has been the absolute worse they've ever been.

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    I might consider trying the steroid nasal spray, as I feel like the worst is all in my nose, it's almost like I can fee the dust going up there it is so sensitive. Does it work for you @Pearlygirl?

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    Default Really Suffering, please help!

    Talk to your OB OR Midwife. I never took meds for allergies during both pregnancies and when I told my midwife on the day I was being induced, she told me antihistamine was fine to take while pregnant and I was sooooo upset no one had told me that before as I suffered terribly - especially during my first pregnancy.

    You shouldn't have to suffer like that.
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