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Anyone else suffering this early in the season with hay fever symptoms?

My eyes are especially effected, sore,red, one eye bloodshot, I think from sneezing. I have tried cetirizine in the past but they seem to make my sinuses dry out to much then they get painful. I have been taking Swanson quecetine & bromelane because they are supposed to help with keeping histamine down.

My eyes are also spasoming in my sleep, they are extremely over sensitive at the moment.

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Yep, been suffering for over a Month now. I can't find any relief.

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Hello Eme65, I see this is your first post so welcome to our friendly fibro forum where you can get advice, support and help. Have you visited our Mother Site ? Here you will find a wealth of information, including guides and links.

Have you tried Loratidine? I used to alternate each year with that and ceterizine as I think your body gets used to them. I am now on fexafenidine which is prescription only as it is very strong. Perhaps you could suggest this to your GP as a temporary measure to alleviate the symptoms when they are particularly bad.

Be careful of rubbing your eyes as it is so easy for it to develope into conjunctivitis. Again, speak to your doctor, or even pharmacist to see what is available to help.

Hope to see you joining in around the forum.


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Thanks Kay.

Sorry I should have introduced myself first.

I am a mum with two daughters 22 & 17. I used to work in education development.

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2008, I have learned so much from fmauk over the years. I attended a pain management course when I lived in Cardiff which has enabled me to manage my symptoms a little better than I was. Although I am unable to work now, I volunteer when I have the energy for Cruse bereavement care.( my late husband passed away in 2010)

I have recently moved to Shropshire & got married. I'm still learning to live within my fluctuating energy & pain levels as we all are.

I have not tried lotradine, so that will be next on the list, before I go back to the Drs.

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Hi Eme65,

My OH has started in the last week or so, feels early this year doesn't it?

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Hello Eme65, yes I am suffering to! I don't like taking yet another tablet along with the many I already take plus I suffer from terrible dry mouth and allergy meds dry me up more😦 if my allergies get to bad yes I'll take some but don't like to. Take care. Chris

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Yes the season does seem to have started, see your GP though not all antihistamines are suitable with other meds, also don't always assume allergy is the cause. Welcome to the forum xx

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Hi Eme65 welcome to our wonderful forum ☺ I'm sure you will come to find the forum invaluable in chatting to others who are going through the same experience as you, talking to others at different stages of their lives with Fibro and learning from their experiences.

Only relief when I get like this is a cold wet flannel on my eyes, I have eye drops which are very good.

I have copied this from NHS site, I thought you would find it useful.

Peace, luv n light

Jan xx

The time of year when you begin to experience hay fever symptoms depends on the types of pollen you're allergic to.

Trees release their pollen in March to early May, while grasses release pollen from late May to early August. Weeds and certain shrubs release their pollen in late summer.

The hay fever season can therefore last from March to October. And if you're unlucky enough to be allergic to more than one type of pollen, you may only have just two or three months without symptoms in the winter before the cycle starts again.

Avoiding exposure to pollen is the best way to reduce the allergic symptoms of hay fever:

Keep windows shut at night and first thing in the morning.

Stay indoors when the pollen count is high (between 50 and 150).

Wear wraparound sunglasses.

Put some petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or another nasal blocker just inside your nostrils to trap some of the pollen.

Don't mow the grass or sit in fields or large areas of grass.

Wash your hands and face regularly.

Avoid exposure to other allergens, such as pet fur, or environmental irritants, such as insect sprays or tobacco smoke.

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Hi Eme65

I sincerely hope that you are feeling as well as you possibly can be today? Welcome to the forum and it is wonderful to make your acquaintance. I am so gneuinely sorry to read that you are experiencing hay fever, and it is that time of the year when the tree pollen is quite bad. It does affect my asthma to some degree. I have found that Cetirizine does nothing to help me and I tend to use Loratadine.

I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

All my hopes and dreams for you


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