Suddenly, one day last month, I woke up with seasonal allergies. I guess that's how it happens, right - you're fine one day, and the next, you're a mess? I woke up and my eyes were itchy and watery, I had nasal congestion, my throat was scratchy, and I was hoarse. And throughout the day, the symptoms grew worse. And they continued the next day, and the day after that. I've seen enough allergy commercials (and felt a tinge of these symptoms before) to know that they were unmistakably indicative of seasonal allergies. I could have been pollen's poster child!
I turned to the seasonal allergy king in our family, my husband, and he offered me an Allegra. I chose to consult my pharmacist first, and she confirmed that Allegra was a good choice, and would be fine in conjunction with my other medication. (The only "allergy" medication I've taken in the past was Zyrtec, but that was for angioedema, or random swelling.) I took one Allegra at bedtime as the pharmacist suggested, and the next morning I woke up clear-headed and 100% cured. I couldn't believe it! I've continued to take my Allegra as directed, and my allergy symptoms have remained at bay since that very day - and it's been almost a month. I'm thrilled, and with no obvious side-effects at all.
The only lupus medication that seems to work as quickly is our beloved Prednisone, but we all know the side-effects that come along with those little pills. Steroids can be so troublesome, but they do deliver a fast result, albeit a short-lived one. You can read about all of my past prednisone posts here. There are plenty of them!
I ran across a great post about Medrol (which is also a corticosteroid like prednisone) on another blog recently, and thought I'd share. Here's a link to Dauntless Dames' take on those little white pills.
I found this site because the blogger featured a review of a Pillfold a few posts before her prednisone piece. Check out why she loves her new Pillfold here...those are her words, not mine! I'm so glad she's happy, and I appreciate her post!