Saturday, July 9, 2011


Handsome is concerned about my liver.  Apparently, the other organs in my body can just giveout, that is not an issue, but my liver, no, we need to protect that.

In order to do so, H. has started a campaign against my use of over-the-counter allergy medicine.  Let me be clear: I am not abusing it.  I have a 24-hour allergy pill that I take about 3 days a week, and when I’m congested (once or twice a week, max), I take a decongestant.  I know, its out of control.  Especially for someone who has had seasonal allergies for all of her teen/adult life.  Oh, and in the winter, I don’t take any allergy medicine.  Because that’s not a season in which my seasonal allergies bother me.

Sarcasm aside, I see this level of use as acceptable.  Handsome does not.  He claims that if I stop taking the medicine, my body will learn how to deal with allergens all by itself.  He also claims that if I do not stop taking the medicine, I will do irreparable damage to my liver and it will just up and quit on my and then where will I be, eh?  I’m not sure where he gets his information, although I assume he makes it up.  He makes most things up when he’s talking to me. 

I’m not getting on here to ask you for a vote, and although I did wax (wane?) sarcastic there for a moment, I’m also not on here to mock my wonderful caring husband.  What I did get on here to do was to ask you this question:

Do you know of/have you tried any home remedies for seasonal allergies? 
If so, how did they work? 

I’m looking for everything from lemon juice in your milk to a change in behavior, such as putting AC filters in your windows.  Give me your best shot here people.  The future of my liver may be at stake.  And although I’m a Universal Donor blood type, I’m not a Universal Receiver, and so, due to bad planning in the blood-type-department, if I do end up needing a transplant, Handsome will be unable to help me.  And that would earn me a whopper of an I told you so.  No one wants that.

Taking OTC allergy medicine as directed apparently with abandon,


  1. Oh, this made me laugh.

    I can't really help with homeopathic remedies, but I will say that if I take Claritin (well, the generic loratadine) every day for a week once my symptoms start, whether or not I feel like I need it, I'm usually good for the rest of the season. Started that for my seasonal vertigo, but it works well for the rest of the symptoms too.

  2. Haven't tried it but others swear to it...Find LOCAL honey, it has to be made by the bees in your general area because they are getting the pollen from the same type of plants that you're allergic to. Eat a teaspoon of the honey every day and eventually your immune system will supposedly learn to fight the allergens through the honey. Or something like that.
    I don't know how it takes for it to work.

  3. Anonymous7/11/2011

    I can relate since I too suffer from "seasonal" allergies. I am a big fan of Claritan D (12-hour) and during the "season" take it at least a couple of times a week.

    Not sure it does anything to my liver, but it sure decreases the stress from feeling crappy, blowing the nose and watery eyes. Besides, if it does something to the liver, I'll be there waaayyy before you and you'll know to stop taking it. :-)

    You might suggest to H that if you stopped taking something for your allergies, your stress would be substantially increased thus causing damage to your heart and other organs. In addition, because you are more stressed, he will likely also suffer from more stress, putting his organs at risk, too.

    Always more than one way to approach a debate!!

  4. I've heard the local honey thing too.

    And there's a place on the way to Anderson that sells it, if you want to give it a shot.

  5. Thank you for the honey suggestion, I'll try it. And Theresa, I like your argument. Definitely going to whip that one out next time it comes up :)

  6. roflmao "He claims that if I stop taking the medicine, my body will learn how to deal with allergens all by itself." Can tell that's a direct quote from someone that doesn't have allergies ;)

    I was also told that allergies change every 7 years. Just had a recent test and the same things I was off the chart for at 5 are the same one's at 38.

    Claritin is about the only OTC thing I've found that actually works. I go as much as possible without taking anything, but when hubby can't sleep from my tossing and snoring, and I end up with a sore throat so bad I can't eat or drink from the post-nasal drip I don't have much for choices. Allergies and the pacific northwest are a rough seasonal combo.

    I hear good things from some about allergy shots, but it's a huge time commitment to get them.


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