I just read an article explaining how climate change is giving us longer, more intense allergy seasons.
That’s good news for bees, but not for an allergy sufferer like me.
As I said in a previous post, I prefer to use a neti pot over taking medication. It works great for me, but I know a neti pot won’t be everyone’s first choice.
Over-the-counter allergy medications can be … read on
Spring and allergy eyes
I love the sunny days of early spring when the trees, flowers and grasses are in bloom…but then my allergies kick in.
I don’t mind the runny nose and sneezing so much. I can use my neti pot to keep the pollen out of my nose.
But I’ve had a harder time treating the allergy eyes—the itchy, red, watery, ugly eyes that are the by-product of … read on
Over-the-counter medicines can be costly (and unnecessary)
There are two ways to save money at the drugstore:
- Know what you need and find the cheapest price.
- Know what you don’t need and avoid buying anything at all.
I’ve written a lot of posts on this topic because I think it’s one of the easiest ways to save money on health care, and certainly the one we have the most control … read on
Over-the-counter nasal sprays
It’s cold season, and I see so many ads in the media for nasal sprays.
The best tip for saving money on OTC nasal sprays is to know the ingredients used in the different products. Read the labels!
When you understand which ingredient is best for which nasal problem, you can shop for the best price.
Nasal sprays fall roughly into three categories:
- Allergy sprays
- Decongestant sprays
… read on
Allergy vs severe reaction
Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and fire ants all belong to the same order of insects, Hymenoptera, so their venoms cause similar reactions if you are stung or bitten.
People’s bodies react in one of three ways:
- 85-90% experience a small local reaction—pain, redness and some swelling just around the sting site.
- 10% experience what is called a “large local reaction”—pain, itching, redness and swelling
… read on
How do I know it’s Spring?
Violent bouts of sneezing? Check.
Crazy red and itchy eyes? Check.
An incessant drip, drip, drip from my nose? Check.
Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies, like me, has a love-hate relationship with Spring.
And the drug makers love us! Prescription and over-the-counter medications for seasonal allergies are huge money makers; we spend billions every year!
I’ve tried a lot of different remedies over … read on
A new drug, but not a new treatment, for peanut allergies
The media have been reporting on a potential new treatment for severe peanut allergies. The drug, known only as AR101, has not yet been approved by the FDA, but may be by the end of the year.
It’s basically a capsule with a bit of peanut flour, and it works by gradually desensitizing the patient to the protein in … read on
Just last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new epinephrine auto-injector, Symjepi.
I don’t much like the name, but if it’s cheaper…!
I’ve posted several times about the skyrocketing cost of EpiPens—over 500% in the last 10 years.
Anyone who, like me, has been shocked at the pharmacy to discover how much a two-pack of EpiPens costs will be hoping Symjepi will be more … read on
Seattle has had an unseasonably cold and wet spring (even for us!), but that hasn’t stopped my seasonal allergies from arriving on cue.
Time to rinse off my neti pot.
When the pollen counts are high, I use my neti pot every day and it really, really helps.
I prefer using a neti pot rather than antihistamines to treat spring allergies for a couple of reasons.
One, it’s inexpensive. Over-the-counter … read on
The EpiShell will protect your investment
I recently saw a news story about a local family that came up with a brilliant invention—the EpiShell.
What is the EpiShell? It’s a small insulated tube that provides climate control for your EpiPens.
Why is this a great idea? Like most medications, epinephrine is best kept at room temperature. Temperature extremes speed up deterioration of the product.
Anyone who needs an EpiPen … read on