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Old 03-20-2014, 07:45 AM   #1
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How about using a face mask for pollen allergy?

Hi Guys,

Wondering if others have had good results for allergy relief by wearing a face mask while riding? My allergies have really kicked in this year (SF Bay Area), and I've stayed off my motorcycles for the last three weeks.

I use Claritin daily and last week got a prescription for Flonase. Even with those, I pretty much have to stay indoors until the pollen counts drop...

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Old 03-20-2014, 07:56 AM   #2
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Fwiw, years ago I worked with an allergist on my allergies. She gave me a gazillion samples of all kinds of different prescription allergy medications. She wanted me to try each for a few days, keep records, and see which one(s) worked for me.

She was right, some did little to help, others helped greatly. Some would knock me for a loop, others wouldn't bother me. Through this testing process, we were able to find the "right" prescription medication for me.

You might want to try the same with your doctor.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:00 AM   #3
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Get some local honey, has antigens. Teaspoon in tea morning and another in the afternoon and you'll be surprised.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:08 AM   #4
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Did you try the ol' diphenhydramine (Benadryl and the like)?

I tried every antihistamine available to no luck. I tried every new pills as soon as they were hitting the shelfs. Even Flonase did nothing but induces nasal discomfort.

Only the Benadryl Elixir was helping but, damn, it was like being hit by a sledgehammer on the forehead.

And then I started to take the "old" Benadryl pills every morning. After 1-2 weeks, the adverse effects disapeared. Only one 25mg pill does the trick but I repeat in the afternoon if I feel the need for it.

It's a new life for me now!

I don't know how practical a mask would be on a day to day basis.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:20 AM   #5
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I used flonase and claritin for years.

they no longer work well for me.

I just switched to nasalcort and zyrtec and got a big improvement.

like tha man said above. you have to find one that works for you.


my wife gets allergy shots. now that is extreme....
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:47 PM   #6
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Oh man, I moved to the Bay Area to get AWAY from pollen allergies. For me, it's helped. But the Valley (Fresno, Davis, Sacramento) was a miserable place.

You know what finally fixed it? Getting a HEPA filter. Seriously. Get a HEPA filter (I got mine from Le Target for about 70 bucks), and run it every night while you sleep. It gives your body the break it needs to not freak the fuck out during the day. HUUUUUUUGE difference.

Make sure you get one with filters that can be cleaned, otherwise you'll be buying very expensive filters on a regular basis.
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:56 PM   #7
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Face mask won't keep your eyes from collecting pollen.

If I get enough of that exposure my eyelids start to swell.
Plus the pollen goes down the tear ducts and into my nose - and .....

I take loratadine (which doesn't work very well but it's non-drowsy) and hope for regular rains to clear the air.
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Old 03-20-2014, 03:51 PM   #8
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In the heat of the season I use one of these:
http://www.achooallergy.com/rz-masks.asp#showAll

There are others, fe
http://www.allergystore.com/dustcontrol.htm
Can't comment on them, but they look fine too.

My experience with the RZ mask: it works superb. I can breathe (yeah, that's a relief, for sure), no discomfort. Filters are easily replaced.
It made my rides much more agreable.
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Old 03-20-2014, 04:05 PM   #9
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I've checked out these from: http://respro.com/
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:35 PM   #10
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Hi Guys,

Wondering if others have had good results for allergy relief by wearing a face mask while riding? My allergies have really kicked in this year (SF Bay Area), and I've stayed off my motorcycles for the last three weeks.

I use Claritin daily and last week got a prescription for Flonase. Even with those, I pretty much have to stay indoors until the pollen counts drop...

Harry
Harry, talk to an allergist about getting shots. I've had bad allergies my entire life, but now that I'm on the shots, I'm allergy free! Give it a shot; it was one of the best things I've ever done.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:23 PM   #11
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Ask your doc for a prescription of Singulair. For some folks it works dramatically well.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:50 AM   #12
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Thanks everyone for your comments. I will ask my doctor for a referral to see an allergist, but am also going to try a mask.

It's only been in the last five years or so (I just turned 60) that this allergic condition has manifested itself. It would be nice to address this problem so I can get back to my outdoor activities…

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Old 03-21-2014, 10:41 AM   #13
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I take loratadine (which doesn't work very well but it's non-drowsy) and hope for regular rains to clear the air.

that's generic claritin. I've been using it up until lately.

wondering why it was so cheap compared to others. well....because it doesn't work well.
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:17 PM   #14
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that's generic claritin. I've been using it up until lately.

wondering why it was so cheap compared to others. well....because it doesn't work well.
It works, but not the typical OTC 10mg dose. The thing is, if you take a big enough dose to feel its effects it puts you to sleep. Through combination of placebo and chemistry it can provide some relief for mild symptoms (or half-assed relief for serious symptoms).
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Get a prescription for medical marijuana.
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