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Spring Allergies

Indian, Male, Married, 35, living in NYC / NJ area for over 20+ years.

Moved to US 20+ years ago. Even in young age, I've used eye drops to treat itchy eyes and related infections. I think that maybe this is due to rubbing itchy eyes with dirty hands (as a kid I didn't have that much awareness / control). But, I never had any respiratory illnesses or allergies and symptoms related to them.

After few years living in US, during teen years, started developing allergies to pollen. First it was eyes that would be so red that people that I was smoking pot (made other kids - who actually smoked pot - envious in my high school that 'my eyes were so red and cool'; as they put it -go figure!). Later on the allergy symptoms became more prominent with frequent sneezing, nasal / sinus congestion, runny nose, itchy & watery eyes -usually around the corners.

As years went by, they reduced just a little bit in terms of the effects. It is primarily due to better management as in reducing my exposure to pollen etc.

However, prolonged exposure (for example a walk in the park -not so easy- no pun intended) during the pollen season like this weekend for example, sets of a series of violent and strong sneezes that continue one after the other. By this time, sinuses are clogged up and head feels like it is in a vice grip. The itching eyes may or may not be present all the time and not necessarily every time the sneezing happens. But in general, these allergies are not present in other seasons. One year, during the Fall season, I started to experience the same symptoms (predominantly, sneezing) and they were not as severe so I didn't give much thought.

My brother who also lived for amount of time and around same surroundings experiences these allergies as well and sometimes even more affected by them.

Health condition:
Apart from allergies, there is not really anything to complain. Not so suceptible to colds or fevers, never taken any flu shots, no headaches or other pains and really never take any medicine even a tylenol etc.

When I was around the age of 12 years or so, I was diagnosed with mild case of Jaundice and underwent a homeopathic treatment in India which cured my condition completely. Other than that, I have taken homepathic course to cure warts on fingers and toes when I was 8 or 9 years old. They are gone completely and never returned.

From April to May &/or June approximately, walking outside or any outdoor activity causes exposure to pollen and this triggers (rather quickly) sneezing and itching eyes. For example, over the weekend, went to a park and had to come back home due to continuous sneezing. It becomes so irritable that I don't want to do anything else other than to get inside and avoid further exposure to pollen.

Due to sneezing and so forth, my head / sinus feels congested. Further, there is the case of post-nasal drip that continues for few hours and often induces cough to clear. In the past, I didn't know the reason for cough so, I'd end up coughing so much that eventually secondary throat infections ensued. Nowadays, I take care not to do that so I avoid having to take antibiotics to kill that infection.

Known Allergens:
Don't know specifically what I am allergic to when it comes to pollen. It could be birch, oak, maple or other trees that grow in this region predominantly.

However, food wise, I was fine during my kid/younger years. But once these allergies developed, certain fruits and nuts such as: Peaches, Apples, sometimes Watermelon, raw Almond seeds stand out in my mind for now that cause the roof of the mouth, throat and gums to start itching, lips to become itchy swollen lightly with what looks like bubbled -but there is no liquid or air and it is not like a blister, just inflammation. Nowadays, I am able to eat Apples with just slight irritation. However, I am only getting the Gala apples for taste and also due to fear of allergies with other varieties.

Past Medications:
Frequent doctor visits were common in the past and some prescriptions included:
Allegra, Allegra-D, Claritin, Claritin-D, Zyrtec, Zyrtec-D, Benadryl, even a course of predisone one time when things were not getting under control.

Nowadays, I manage with Claritin 12/24 hour pill and sometimes an additional 12 hour chewable tablet. If they are really bothering me, I take benadryl pill at night.

Mostly, I try to avoid breathing the pollen by using handkerchief etc. and the general reduction of exposure helps a great deal.

Recently, I also started taking the Indian Ayurvedic medicine Chawanprash, a spoonful daily to improve immunity in general.

Other remedy / alleviating factors:
One thing that really alleviates the situation of sneezing and itchy eyes is taking a hot steamy shower. I don't know if the steam or heat working but, I feel much better (temporarily) after that. However, few hours later, they tend to come back (if I was strongly exposed to pollen to begin with).

Personality & Other:
Generally, I am a calm person, work in the software industry. Exercise moderately (although, being more consistent now), non-vegetarian but predominantly vegetarian food most times including dals, leafy vegetables, rice etc. typical south indian food.

Stressors are not prominent and they may or may not have much impact because, I've had these allergies since high-school days and later stressful work years didn't improve/worsen my allergies. However,it might useful to note that they started gradually around 1992 etc and became very intense around 1998, 2000 times and now reduced a bit. What I mean is that the sensitiveness reduced just a very little bit. However, if I go for a evening jog or walk during this season now, it still affects me very strongly.


Please let me know what I can take to remedy this condition.
[message edited by alfabeta on Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:17:14 BST]
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  alfabeta on 2012-04-17
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Could someone please point me in right direction here...

Thank You.
alfabeta last decade
Please take three doses of Sulphur 200 as follows and see how that affects in next 15 days (only 3 doses in 15 days).

day 1 morning
1st dose

day 1 evening
2nd dose

day 2 morning
3rd dose

One dose means
If the medicine is in pills form 2 pills. Don't touch pills with hand. Use cap of bottle to take pills.
If the medicine is in liquid dilution form, 2 drops in some 20 ml water. Sip up slowly.

Please follow homeo restrictions like no coffee, no raw onion/garlic, no strong perfumes, don't eat or drink anything within 30 minutes before or after taking medicine.
kadwa last decade
Thank you for kind response! Could you please indicate where I can purchase this medicine? I am in NY city and could locate a homeopathic store. Would like to obtain good quality product.

Thanks again!
alfabeta last decade
Hi , you have to order this online.
use the abc store-liquid is preferred
by many doctors.

Whole Foods has remedies in NYC but
they only carry 6c's, 30c's and the
Hylands cell salts. You have to have
the potency Kadwa prescribed.
simone717 last decade
I am going to order the Hyland pills ..? I guess they are like round sugar pills - which I have taken before for warts.

One question I have is that can I expect to have my allergies cured for lifetime or is this just treating symptomatic?

I do have faith in homeopathy as those tiny warts on toes and fingers never came back since past 25+ years. I am just hoping that would be the case with these allergies too... just so tired of them!
alfabeta last decade
hopefully this remedy or others
if Kadwa has to prescribe others
will get rid of it for good.

It is an immune system malfunction
which makes the body respond to
pollen as if it were a threat-
once the remedy boosts your vital
force up it won't happen. I got rid of
mine , took 4 remedies but one day
they were just not there anymore.

so stick with it.
simone717 last decade
Mr. Kadwa,

Could you please let me know if I should buy 200C or 200X?

Thank You.
[message edited by alfabeta on Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:52:12 BST]
alfabeta last decade

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alfabeta last decade
200 means 200C. This is a standard notation.
kadwa last decade
Dear Dr. Kadwa,

Thank you for the clarification. I placed the order and will take the dosage as prescribed and post my results.
alfabeta last decade
Dear Dr.Kadwa,

I got the medicine about 4 days ago and took it as per your instructions and completed 3 doses.

Yesterday, I was outside and had a bad allergy attack. Constant running nose (clear and watery) and many sneezes throughout the day. Few times up to 5 or 6 in a row back-to-back, and few minutes later more episodes of 3 or less and so on. This continued all day and in the afternoon, I ended up taking Claritin 10mg. Still, the attacks didn't subside and it was quite exhausting due to sneezing. Finally towards the night things eased.

Today, I had to be outside so, took a Claritin 10mg in the morning with breakfast to avoid being affected by pollen to begin with. The whole day was okay without any noticeable reaction.

I don't know if the Claritin or Sulphur doing its job... plus it rained last night so, that could have washed some of the pollen off...

In any case, what is my next course of action? Also, should I not drink coffee/tea at all during the course of treatment?

Please advise.
[message edited by alfabeta on Sat, 28 Apr 2012 09:37:10 BST]
alfabeta last decade
Please take Allium Cepa 200 in the morning and evening for 3 days and see whether it helps.

You may take claritin 10mg on need until you procure Allium Cepa 200.

It is not clear whether or not you got relief for few days after taking Sulphur.
kadwa last decade
Thank You Dr. Kadwa. I am waiting for the medicine to arrive in mail. Regarding the dosage, is it still 2 pills per dose?

I took homeopathy very long time ago and don't remember much so, I urge your patience if I am asking generic or perhaps 'common sense' questions pertaining to this field.
alfabeta last decade
It is always 2 pills per dose. You are always welcome.
kadwa last decade
Dear Dr.Kadwa,
I have completed the dosage as per your prescription. Started Allium 3 days ago and the second day into it, had mild itchy eyes and few sneezes. Just couldn't sleep properly so mentally attributed this flare-up to lack of sleep and/or over sensitiveness / 'heat', due to lack of sleep.
Towards the evening took a long walk to local stores and was relatively fine. It felt like I might have an allergy attack but that didn't happen! However, with this heightened sense of perhaps an imminent attack, I took a bite out of a regular gala apple and felt that gums were getting little itchy so ate no more of it. This is interesting because I wouldn't dare do that when I felt that way. And the reaction to that apple was rather mild a nothing to alarm me. Nevertheless, felt it. I would say that is a good improvement.
The next day similar but symptoms are reduced. Today, I didn't experience them.

I am really glad that your treatment is making progress towards improving my condition. Thank You!

Mentally, I am still struggling whether the issue that is my condition improving or is it that my exposure to pollen is less here in NYC (being a concrete jungle and having few Oak or Maple etc. or possibly other trees I am more allergic to) as opposed to NJ.
I haven't been back to NJ last week to know for sure.

Please understand my skepticism. My doubt is not the medicines or your course of treatment rather, it is my attempt to quantify the progress and to understand how much it has improved.

Just wanted to share my thoughts and progress with you.

Please advise on what my next course of action.

Once again, Thank You!
alfabeta last decade
Let us deal with your hair loss and all other issues on this thread. Some more info is needed.

Please copy the Questionnaire from the following thread
and post all the questions here duly answered. On that basis your remedy may be worked out.
kadwa last decade
Hello Dr. Kadwa,

I hope you are having a good weekend!

Today, my wife and I went bicycle riding along the Hudson river on NYC side. We were riding for about 3 hours and approximately a distance of 10 miles. I decided not to do the Central Park fearing pollen and allergies. Regardless, my allergies started up and some how or the other I managed to complete the trip. Multiple and violent sneezing; sometimes, in batches of 2 or 3 at a time. Even late into the night, coming back home in subway, my nose kept running, I was sneezing with a moderate headache (I guess due to sinus).
I took a Claritin 10mg before going out in the morning and towards the end of the trip, took another 10mg after eating a chicken wrap. Still, not much has changed. Would you believe if I say I must've sneezed somewhere around close to 30 or 40 times altogether?

The good news is that my eyes were not itchy but tears would fill up few times causing discomfort -not a deal breaker you know.. Overall, multiple sneezes, constant Runny nose and on/off post nasal drip were present.

Towards the night after taking a hot shower, took a Benadryl and went to sleep exhausted both due to the physical activity and strained due to these sneezes.

Will let you know how I feel tomorrow morning.

Could you please suggest what medicine should I consider next?
alfabeta last decade
Hi Alfabeta,

You need to fill out the questions on
that link that Kadwa gave you so
he can see what would be best for you.
simone717 last decade

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