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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:03 PM

I need a little OTC medical insight...

yeah, I know we're not supposed to solicit "medical advice" ... but, this is pretty trivial.

I had to go spend part of the day at a client's house yesterday. He has 2 cats AND is a smoker. Left there all congested, scratchy throat, tight chest -- what always happens to me when I'm around smoke or cats.

I have to go back and spend a whole day there next week.

What OTC allergy product has worked well to fight this kind of thing off for you? Claritin? Zyrtec?

Benadryl was my drug of choice when I got home, but it's not an option during the visit, it puts me out like a light or turns me into a zombie. Whatever I use, it has to be non-drowsy. And, I have a 2 1/2 hour drive on the freeway each way, so obviously, I can't be sleepy there, either.

Help!

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Reply I need a little OTC medical insight... (Original post)
Denninmi Apr 2012 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2012 #1
Denninmi Apr 2012 #2
REP Apr 2012 #3
hedgehog Apr 2012 #12
HeiressofBickworth Apr 2012 #4
pokerfan Apr 2012 #7
HeiressofBickworth Apr 2012 #9
HappyMe Apr 2012 #14
Frosty1 Apr 2012 #5
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2012 #11
mrmpa Apr 2012 #6
csziggy Apr 2012 #8
frogmarch Apr 2012 #10
irisblue Apr 2012 #13
BlueIris Apr 2012 #15

Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:05 PM

1. My dear Denninmi!

How about finding somebody else to go in your place?

That sounds awful. You shouldn't have to risk your health for a client!

I'm afraid I have no other suggestions...I'm sorry.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:09 PM

2. Thank you, but I can't.

There isn't anybody else. Just the boss and I who do what we do, and I get elected because I bill at 40% of what he bills at. Yeah.

Honestly, I don't mind that much, I just don't want to feel like someone hit me in the chest with a 2x4 after I walk out of there.

I think if I take the right OTC anti-histamine ahead of time, it will stave it off for the most part. I just don't have much experience with the newer ones, I always use Benadryl, my sweet, sweet, let me breathe AND put me to sleep Benadryl.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:25 PM

3. Loratadine and Bronkaid

Both OTC. Bronkaid has ephedrine in it; you will have to sign a register for it.

I have asthma and am allergic to grass and trees and cannot tolerate wood smoke (fireplaces, firepits, etc).

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Response to REP (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 12:36 PM

12. Loratadine is the generic version of Claritan. It works well for me

with no drowsiness, but I'd test it ahead of time when you don't need to drive. You might be the one person it does make drowsy!

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:30 PM

4. Why not

use a mask? No drugs to make you drowsy and will probably keep the worst of it out. If you are concerned that your client might take offense, you could say you are protecting the client from what might be a head cold. A little fib, but it saves face.

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Response to HeiressofBickworth (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 12:30 AM

7. I concur on the mask

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Response to pokerfan (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 01:34 AM

9. SHREEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKK!!

Give a girl a little warning, why don'tcha?

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Response to HeiressofBickworth (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 09:57 AM

14. I think a mask would just be weird looking.

And maybe a little off-putting.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:51 PM

5. Zyrtec works great for me.


It doesn't make me tired.

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Response to Frosty1 (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 03:39 AM

11. Zyrtec has worked for me, too, better than Clarytin.

Though I also have an albuterol inhaler if I have breathing issues.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:56 PM

6. If you can get to a Costco, I recommend..........

their OTC Allerclear. It's non-drowsy, you take 1 a day, on real bad days I've taken a second near bed time. It has loratadine in it. You get 365 pills for under $13. Been using it for years.

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 12:45 AM

8. Or Costco's OTC Aller-Tec, which is generic Zyrtec.

365 tablets for $15. Active ingredient Cetrizine Hydrochloride.

I live on the stuff and it lets me visit Mom in Law's house where she has chain smoked since 1964.

If you're like me and have to take allergy medicine all year round, plan on spending one month a year on a different med. You develop a tolerance and have to change every so often. I use the Allerclear for January - a low allergen month with few holidays that involve stinky stuff (I react to frangrances).

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 01:36 AM

10. Watch out for non-drowsy meds

if you have hypertension, because they can raise your blood pressure, as can anything that's a stimulant.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 09:39 AM

13. right after you leave...

go some place where you can wash your face, brush out your hair, change your clothes and shoes, put the exposed ones in a closed container in the trunk. kinda like seeing this nice person as a low grade bio hazard to you....w/o out making it a big honking deal.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 06:12 AM

15. Cheap generic Benadryl. Much less grogginess inducing.

I have also used homeopathic anti-allergy stuff for those minor flare ups.

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