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Old 24th June 2015, 11:35   #2236
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Need some help here. I get this itchy nose with continuous sneezing once i wake up. Parents informed this is due to the cold water which i drink directly from the fridge. One fine day, dad gave me a nasal spray Aquamet and this allergy/condition vanished within couple of days.

Now my wife has got the same condition and she is suffering a lot. Tried Aquamet with her, which worked for couple of days and it resurfaced on a regular basis. Once she takes cetzine, she gets a relief. But after knowing the side effects of that tablet, she is now hesitant. What is this condition and what is the remedy?
Do a Eosinophils test to reveal its level.
A high level can cause frequent running nose, cold, easily.
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Need some help here. I get this itchy nose with continuous sneezing once i wake up. Parents informed this is due to the cold water which i drink directly from the fridge. One fine day, dad gave me a nasal spray Aquamet and this allergy/condition vanished within couple of days.

Now my wife has got the same condition and she is suffering a lot. Tried Aquamet with her, which worked for couple of days and it resurfaced on a regular basis. Once she takes cetzine, she gets a relief. But after knowing the side effects of that tablet, she is now hesitant. What is this condition and what is the remedy?
Seems common cold allergy.

In allopathy they have a medicine called "antihystemine" (I am not a doctor so please excuse spelling). Names like cetrizine, come to mind, to be taken 1 tab at night. If still the condition deteriorates then might have to take anti-bacterial antibiotic.

BUT, before trying allopathy i suggest you give natural healing a chance.

Have some hot water steam 2-3 times a day.
Have organic ginger-Tulsi tea 2 times a day (If you have Tulsi plant at home then its awesome).

Hot water gargles with salt 2-3 times a day.

And most importantly do not forget to add Haldi (curcumin) to the foods you eat. If possible and available, add a little bit of Raw termeric root to a drink like hot milk before going to bed. All this will help.

Wishing yo a speedy recover !

P.S. If you are not sure how raw turmeric looks like, here it is:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/13...-raw-turmeric/

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So I have been struggling with this constant ear blockage for last 1 year. It all started after I got a severe tonsillitis last year around same time. It was BAD. Could not swallow anything had to be on fluid diet for 3 days, had about 103-104 fever and crazy shivers. Doctor had to prescribe 625mg of antibiotics thrice a day and I had to skip office for a whole week to recover.
Now after this incident, I have had couple of repeats of the tonsillitis thing, but not as severe as the first one. It hasn't come back for last about 6 months, And how thankful I am!
But all this came with couple of long term side effects (as I guess) - constant urge to burp (read acidity) and constant ear blockage. while the acidity thing is coming under control eventually, this ear blockage problem doesn't seem to budge. Its that constant pricky feeling to unblock your ears either by swallowing or flexing your jaws.
Consulted an ENT specialist last week, and he said nothing is wrong. All I need to do is to quit smoking and start some sort of exercise (I'm on a bit heavier side of the scale, but not much). I mean I have been smoking for lot of years even before that tonsillitis attack and my weight has always been in disagreement with BMI standards. How is it that this is happening only from last one year after that tonsillitis thing? To this the ENT specialist said, this might just be a coincidence.

Any learned professional here who can help me with my struggle? All sort of help will be much appreciated

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Do a Eosinophils test to reveal its level.
A high level can cause frequent running nose, cold, easily.
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Seems common cold allergy.
Thanks for the suggestions. But it is not cold where body aches, running noses, sore throat are prevalent. My wife's condition is just with itchy nose and continuous sneezing like a allergy to dust, cold temperature.

Somedays, even I face the same but only in mornings, when I disturb the nose temple a bit hard or blow a bit hard to clean, i get around 5-10 sneeze continuously. For me, this stops, but for my wife, it continues the whole day.
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i get around 5-10 sneeze continuously. For me, this stops, but for my wife, it continues the whole day.
I have exactly the same symptoms but sporadically. Looks like a dust/pollen allergy.

The standard medicines that I use, though not regularly, are :

Cetcip / Cetrizine - Cetrizine Hydrochloride
Levo cet - Levo Cetrizine - causes sleepiness in some persons
Allegra 120 - Fexofenadine

You/your wife could try the same out if both of you have not allergies to medicines. If it doesn't work, would suggest a trip to the Doc.
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Thanks for the suggestions. But it is not cold where body aches, running noses, sore throat are prevalent. My wife's condition is just with itchy nose and continuous sneezing like a allergy to dust, cold temperature.
I too have severe dust allergy and have been surviving on Duonase nasal spray. It was priscribed by my GP but an ENT advised me to not use it regularly. So these days, I use it only when I feel exposed to excess dust.

Tried Allegra and Citrizine without any significant improvement.
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I face this dust/pollen allergy problem and after weeks of testing eosinophil levels and appropriate antihistamines, I had settled with Montair FX (Fexofenadine) on alternate days for almost a year and then switched to Mondeslor (Montelukast) after dinner on another ENT doc's advice and a spray Amavys (fluticasone furoate) first thing in the morning.

(Yes, I also have a deviated septum and face bouts of sinus infections in the post-monsoon months.)
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Cetcip / Cetrizine - Cetrizine Hydrochloride
Levo cet - Levo Cetrizine - causes sleepiness in some persons
Allegra 120 - Fexofenadine
Will test this Allegra and see how it performs.

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I too have severe dust allergy and have been surviving on Duonase nasal spray.
Tried Allegra and Citrizine without any significant improvement.
For me, Cetrizine has always worked when suffering for mild to sever cold. This plus Dolo 650 and a layer of vicks on my nose would give me a good days sleep and no sign of cold in the morning.

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I face this dust/pollen allergy problem and after weeks of testing eosinophil levels and appropriate antihistamines, I had settled with Montair FX (Fexofenadine) on alternate days for almost a year and then switched to Mondeslor (Montelukast) after dinner on another ENT doc's advice and a spray Amavys (fluticasone furoate) first thing in the morning.

(Yes, I also have a deviated septum and face bouts of sinus infections in the post-monsoon months.)
If the above doesnt work, will pay a visit to ENT and check it out.

Thanks all for the suggestions/advice.
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Free medical treatment and medicines to the needy , is given by doctors on first Sunday morning of every month by Kerala Samaj , located in the lane beside Reliance Fresh , near Ayyappa temple Jalahalli Bangalore.
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As a person who regularly suffers from allergies/fungal infections, the antihistamine to be given can vary but not much.

As a first note, please note that Atarax (hydroxyzine) is a 1st gen drug, followed by cetrizine, and then Levocetrizine (Xyzal). The sedating effect lessens with each gen. though if you take any drug regularly, that effect is much lesser. My doc. (at Apollo) has at various times given me all 3 and in some cases of itching (from fungal), atarax works better but at 2 times/day. Imagine taking such a sedating drug in the morning. I am used to all sedating drugs, so they do not bother me much.

Allegra is a non-sedating one though it can be given at 120 mg or 180 mg.
I had a severe case of nose and ear blockage from mid Apr to end May. (could be because of paint fumes when we got our home painted till mid Apr). It finally cleared up.

As of now and for many years, I take Levocet+Montelukast (Xyzal-M) in the PM and Deslor in the AM. My doc also advised me to take 2 tabs of Vit C 500 (either AM and PM) or both in the PM. He said that taken over a long time, it can reduce the incidence or at least the severity of allergies. I also spray Nasonex and Physiomer (which is salt water). While Nasonex dosage should get over soon, salt water can be sprayed regularly as advised by my doc.

I have found out that when allergies strike, the only thing to do is to be patient and take the antihistamines. These drugs are not wonder drugs as I have found out (like antibiotics which can make you feel better at 30-50% of the dosage duration of 3/5/7 days or whatever).
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As of now and for many years, I take Levocet+Montelukast (Xyzal-M) in the PM and Deslor in the AM. My doc also advised me to take 2 tabs of Vit C 500 (either AM and PM) or both in the PM. He said that taken over a long time, it can reduce the incidence or at least the severity of allergies. I also spray Nasonex and Physiomer (which is salt water). While Nasonex dosage should get over soon, salt water can be sprayed regularly as advised by my doc.

I have found out that when allergies strike, the only thing to do is to be patient and take the antihistamines. These drugs are not wonder drugs as I have found out (like antibiotics which can make you feel better at 30-50% of the dosage duration of 3/5/7 days or whatever).
Xyzal M + Deslor daily is a lot of antihistaminic in a day (it is twice the daily recommended dose). Levocetrizine has a 24 hour action and Levocet+montrlukast taken in the evening should suffice. My son also suffers from similar disorder. I found that Budesonide nasal spray (budenase aq) gives better result than Mometasone. You can also try Zinc supplements. I've found these useful.
My son is suffering from severe allergy for since he was 2 (now he is 15). Lots of things have been tried including allergy test, allergy immunization injections. When everything failed I resorted to homeopathy. He needs to take his nasal spary daily but atleast his daily dose of Cetrizine has now reduced to once a week. You can try a homeopath. Also you can check if you are allergic to any particular food and try to avoid that.

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Xyzal M + Deslor daily is a lot of antihistaminic in a day (it is twice the daily recommended dose). Levocetrizine has a 24 hour action and Levocet+montrlukast taken in the evening should suffice. My son also suffers from similar disorder. I found that Budesonide nasal spray (budenase aq) gives better result than Mometasone. You can also try Zinc supplements. I've found these useful.
Yes you could be right on the first part, but my doc. has no problems with that (that is he has not prohibited or advised against 2). As I have found out, he is excellent. He is Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine at Apollo, Delhi. He is so good that except for surgical procedure, I go to him for all ailments. If he feels the need for reference to a specialist, he does so without hesitation. In more than 95% of the cases, for specialist ailments (ENT, derma, allergy, bacterial, even pulmonary TB which I got in 2012); he has done the job.

As to budesonide, etc; mometasone was prescribed, it worked; though I am not saying it was better than bud...

Another thing: We have a hospital in East Delhi (Max) which is 1 km and lots of consulting physicians around. But still for everything, we commute to Apollo which is 18 km. My docs charges are 1200 now, but he prescribes the minimum, and a skilled physician needs lesser tests to determine the disease. So overall, it is cheaper and better for us.

As a side note, in Oct 2012, I started getting low grade 100F fever in the evening. When this persisted for 2 weeks, as a quick fix, I showed to another physician who we use off/on for more than a decade. He is a qualified chest surgeon with speciality in TB and pulmonary. That fellow could not diagnose that constant 100F fever which comes and goes is one of the classic signs of TB. After 1 week when things did not get better, as an afterthought, he ordered an X ray which immediately showed the disease. I ran away as fast as I could and straight to my Apollo physician. Got better as expected over the course of 1-2 mths though took drugs for longer. A skilled physician can not diagnose the disease better but also identify what side effects can happen, and what to do much faster.

He has also done a Phadiatop on me and I am allergic. He said that I should get a comprehensive test done at 15K for food allergies. I have not got that done so far since my allergies are periodic. Spices, fried food, and too cold water/other stuff straight gulped down (instead of sipping) do get me down sometimes, but a comprehensive test is always better.

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Yes you could be right on the first part, but my doc. has no problems with that (that is he has not prohibited or advised against 2).
Although I'm not a doctor but my job is related to assessment of safety and efficacy of medicines. You'd be surprised to know how much studies a new drug goes through to establish it's effective strength and dosing frequency. Hence exceeding the dose is generally not recommended unless the doctor has established that there is no adverse effect.

Personally I'm not very fond of doctors who prescribe medicines beyond their dosage schedule. A very renowned Professor of ENT in Kolkata prescribed my son Fluticasone 2 sparays each nostril twice daily when he was 4. Now Fluticasone is not approved for chilren below 6 years old and the adult dose is only half of what he recommended. Now when USFDA approves a drug for certain indication and certain agegroup the nature of safety data they require is enormous. I don't think any doctor (how renowned he is) has the capability/time to generate similar data to establish safety/efficacy of dose beyond the approved dosage.
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Although I'm not a doctor but my job is related to assessment of safety and efficacy of medicines. You'd be surprised to know how much studies a new drug goes through to establish it's effective strength and dosing frequency. Hence exceeding the dose is generally not recommended unless the doctor has established that there is no adverse effect.
There are other conditions which I will share on PM when I get the time. Suffice to say that my doc has been saving my family's life since 2004. More thru PM.
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As a person who regularly suffers from allergies/fungal infections, the antihistamine to be given can vary but not much.

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I also spray Nasonex and Physiomer (which is salt water). While Nasonex dosage should get over soon, salt water can be sprayed regularly as advised by my doc.

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Oh yes, forgot to mention that Physiomer (and its mechanism) is great.
I use it when I feel an impending sinus infection or have a stuffy nose in the post-monsoon weeks. De-stuff my nose first by increasing my heart rate a few minutes on the jump rope and the nostrils open up a bit. Then use physiomer.

Allergic rhinitis is the condition I've noticed on my past prescriptions.

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