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Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

Hi folks.

I suffer this month quite bad from pollen alergy, super bad in the last 7 days.

Please share your experience.

Have you done some tests?

What are you allergic at this time of the year?

What helps you feel better?
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Old 25.05.2018, 16:16
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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

I normally suffer awfully in Spring and early Summer, but this year I've been dosing myself with Cetirizine that my missus picked up in the UK; 2nd gen antihistamine with no drowsiness side effects. It's been the best year I've had since about 2010, no conjunctivitis and only sporadic runny nose, congestion etc.
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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

For me it was super bad about 1 month ago.
Now it is not that bad. I usually take Zodac (in the past Claritine, but it doesn't work for me anymore).
Now I have bought some in-nose spray in Mueller, don't know the name from top of my head, but it looks more effective than tablets.
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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

first try a narrow spectrum blocker like Fexofenadine. if it works - great for you. if not, (and in switzerland its likely it wont at this time of year), try a wider spectrum drug like Cetirizine. that should work but you only want to use it when required.

don't bother with any first gen. anti histamines.

if the symptoms are nasal / throat rather than eyes, physical blockers around the nostrils such as 'hay max' (basically just bees wax) are very effective.

if the eyes - its harder.

wear a breathing mask in the garden or if its keeping you awake.

run a hepa filter indoors including all night.

damp towel / tshirt on your face when in bed.

shower a couple of times a day. shave your face (men).

that should all help you....
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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

btw, i'm surprised it peaking now. probably not the usual tree pollen which should be starting to die off by now.
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I normally suffer awfully in Spring and early Summer, but this year I've been dosing myself with Citirizine that my missus picked up in the UK; 2nd gen antihistamine with no drowsiness side effects. It's been the best year I've had since about 2010, no conjunctivitis and only sporadic runny nose, congestion etc.
FYI - you can buy it over the counter in switzerland too - Zyrtec.
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btw, i'm surprised it peaking now. probably not the usual tree pollen which should be starting to die off by now.
Grass pollen is all the rage now .

http://www.meteosuisse.admin.ch/home...llenprediction
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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

depending on the grass, fexofenadine (allegra) should work for that. and much lower risk of side effects than zyrtec.
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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

This time of year grass is miserable. Nothing helps me. I have used Allegra, Claritin, Zyrtec. I've been tested so I know precisely what I'm allergic to. My doctor suggested immunotherapy but every year I forget how bad it is until it's too late to begin. Has anyone tried immunotherapy pills here?
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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

what are you allergic to?

have you tried paying more attention to physical blocks? stopping the the pollen getting ingested is hard work but doable.

HEPA filters / masks / washing it off / water / bees wax can all make a big difference. once things are really bad you may need to leave the country for a few days (seriously) to get the immune system to back off and then come home and pay lots of attention to filtering the pollen. if you can keep it at a level that the immune system doesn't quite go crazy again it might be sufficient.
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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

In Zürich they let the grass grow until ist ready to cut for hay or whatever. I think they have not yet begun cutting
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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

I manage my seasonal allergy with Quercetin complex from Solgar and Livostin drops for the eyes. Quercetin in very efficient and without side effects and ordered from iHerb, quite cheap.
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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

There is a new, non-invasive immunotherapy available, "under tongue". Haven't tried it myself but saw a presentation and the effectiveness looked quite impressive.
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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

HA! Thanks for that thread!

I seem to have developped this allergy sometime as an adult. And did not even know until my ophthalmologist asked: "Does your heyfever bother you much?". And I kind of went "my WHAT?". LOL.

I keep forgetting it since - it's not all that bad really. But I've had a "Schnupfen" for weeks now and when the nose doesn't run it is stuck. Plus a sore throat. And just when I started to really take notice and wonder if I should see a doctor about it - you come up with this therad, reminding me that it will soon be over.
Looking back now it did start - and was quite bad - when everything was colored in yellow dust.

If I remember it next year I will clear off the pollen sooner and more regularly while this year I just waited for the rain. Or maybe I should put it into my diary: "In case of trouble, it's heyfever"
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This time of year grass is miserable.
This year everything is messed and shifted. Grass is peaking and has been strong since 2-3 weeks already.

P.S. It could be dust. In that case buy HEPA filter.
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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

If I am not mistaken, they will soon be cutting the grass. Usually 16th June. 1 day after the dead line, for subsidy reason. Others say they need to keep it that long for self propagation etc. Just misery till then :-C


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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

I have suffered mildly for the last couple of years but this year its just been terrible. I tried a couple of different antihistamine from my local chemist but none seemed to help much. I then tried Tesco own brand from back in the UK and that seems to work much better. Plus its about £3 for 60 tablets where it 10chf for ten over here.
I was told whatever you take it will probably only last for about 8hrs. Take at least half an hour before you eat to let it get into your system and continue to take them every day throughout the pollen season to keep it in your system. It seems to have worked for me.
Also drinking alcohol will stop the drugs from working and general make your symptoms worse. Other drinks and foods can also make things worse, for me it is acidic fruits.
The doctor has said you need to just try different thing until you find one that works. Keep a symptoms diary and also what works one year might not work the next.
Good luck and hope you don't suffer too long now
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HA! Thanks for that thread!

I seem to have developped this allergy sometime as an adult. And did not even know until my ophthalmologist asked: "Does your heyfever bother you much?". And I kind of went "my WHAT?". LOL.

I keep forgetting it since - it's not all that bad really. But I've had a "Schnupfen" for weeks now and when the nose doesn't run it is stuck. Plus a sore throat. And just when I started to really take notice and wonder if I should see a doctor about it - you come up with this therad, reminding me that it will soon be over.
Looking back now it did start - and was quite bad - when everything was colored in yellow dust.

If I remember it next year I will clear off the pollen sooner and more regularly while this year I just waited for the rain. Or maybe I should put it into my diary: "In case of trouble, it's heyfever"

You present an extremely light and pass-by comment view.
But those that really suffer, including asthmatics, might not see it so lightly.
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This app comes recommended:

https://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/poll...444081365?mt=8
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Re: Pollen - Seasonal Allergies - Zürich/ Zug area

I'm miserable

I've always had bad allergies growing up in Indiana and Oklahoma. They were especially bad in California, mostly in the spring then again in the fall. I was tested as a child, mostly grass pollen and other things.

I take Zyrtec daily and have tried Allegra. If I spend more than two hours outside I'm sneezing 10 times a minute, with a runny nose, itchy eyes.. it's the worst. In the states I'd usually pick up some Benadryl take two and feel better. Yes, I'd be drowsy, but I'd stop sneezing.

I stopped by a pharmacy here in Zurich, and I don't think you have Benadryl or the equilivant here. Also tried Madrid when I was there last weekend.

Sometimes I just need something strong to knock it back even if it makes me drowsy.

Can't wait for my belongings from the US to show up.. I have a 500 count bottle of Benadryl in there somewhere...
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