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Post by bman2 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:05 am

Wondering what fellow allergy sufferers experience is like living in Ajijic? I have ragweed, grass, tree pollens, dust and mold spores as the main culprits for me. I use prescription Rhinocort Aqua nasal spray once per day which has provided excellent relief...read recently about allergies caused by the Jacaranda trees blooming but not sure if that would affect me or not.
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Post by CanuckBob on Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:08 am

I have the usual hayfever type allergies and at certain times of the year I need to take some Reactin (or something similar). It seems to be bad right now.
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Post by Trailrunner on Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:21 am

You will probably join the ranks of allergy sufferers here too. Loratidina (Claritin) works for me and costs next to nothing.
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Post by gringal on Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:24 am

When I first moved from the Big City to rural Sonoma County, I was a stuffed up, miserable mess in the blooming season. A local lady took pity and suggested I start having a spoonful of LOCAL honey per day and expect to hang in there for several months since it takes a while to work. It worked. It even works in Mexico. Beware the so-called local honey sold in some markets. Tuesday farmers' market has several people selling the real deal.
Much cheaper and better for you than pills.

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Post by Jim W on Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:34 am

gringal wrote:When I first moved from the Big City to rural Sonoma County, I was a stuffed up, miserable mess in the blooming season. A local lady took pity and suggested I start having a spoonful of LOCAL honey per day and expect to hang in there for several months since it takes a while to work. It worked. It even works in Mexico. Beware the so-called local honey sold in some markets. Tuesday farmers' market has several people selling the real deal.
Much cheaper and better for you than pills.

Gringal, how can you tell if it is the real deal?
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Post by gringal on Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:46 am

"Roberto, owner of Lake Chapala tree service is a beekeeper. The phone number is posted in his adds and he speaks very good English. I have had some of his honey as a gift. It was very good!!" From TOB. Couple of posts come up with a search.

So: Know a beekeeper. Hit the Tuesday farmers market, where Deena Hafker sells veggies, kefir and when she has it, local honey. Several others do, too. I think the bread man at the back of the Tuesday market with the sliced breads is another.

There is a test you can run to see if what you have is real honey rather than syrup, but I'm too lazy to look it up.

This works because it eventually creates an immunity. A more scientific mind than mine can explain it further, and I hope he/she will.

Besides that, it tastes much better than pills, especially on a muffin. Whaddya got to lose? Very Happy



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Post by Pedro on Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:04 pm

unfortunately, at our age, some of us have type 2 diabetes and high bp, which precludes the use of honey and antihistamines for allergies,
when i get a sudden attack, i use buckley's original mixture which unfortunately is only available in canada, guests from which are not allowed in our casa unless they have brought me some. so i have plenty. bring on them poiple trees-i is armed-SNORK!
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Post by gringal on Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:09 pm

So what's in Buckley's original mixture?

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Post by ComputerGuy on Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:15 pm

Yes, the Jacaranda is notorious for causing nose-suffering everywhere. However, with me, it is cyclical: only every four years or so. No idea why. (I too use Laratadine 10mg, no-name Equate from U.S. Walmart. Very inexpensive. That is for 24-hour coverage. For spot coverage, Equate's Dyphenhydramine 25mg is the best for me.

To test honey, a tablespoon of honey and a half-glass of water works: drop the honey in. Impure honey dissolves; pure honey sinks in a lump. Or give it a little stir: pure honey will stick to the sides of the glass; the others will dissolve. Originally got this info from a bee scientist at a bar here in Mexico. It's described along with the candle method here: http://www.wikihow.com/Verify-the-Purity-of-Honey
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Post by Pedro on Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:24 pm

gringal wrote:So what's in Buckley's original mixture?
potassium bicarbonate,ammonium carbonate,menthol and camphor. it tastes soooo bad that ya fergets what ails ya!
i use it fer colds to. it immediately,if not sooner, hits yer lungs and sinuses and ya cough and sneeze the crap out, that bothering ya.
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Post by Parker on Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:33 pm

This may work for some but I keep a HEPA filter running on high the majority of the time and for me it really works. It took about a week to clean out the rooms I spend most of my time in but now I can get up and breathe. Also to be out and about for a time doesn’t seem to be much of a bother. I like the sound of the “Honey” thing, makes total sense to me, now just to find the real stuff.

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Post by Chapalamed on Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:51 pm

There are meds that can be given via IM injection that can help alleviate these symptoms for more than 6-8 weeks at a time.

See your PCP for more info.
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Post by gringal on Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:16 pm

If you want to have injections and pills........go for it. I'll stick with the honey.

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Post by Trailrunner on Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:40 am

The honey does work! That has been my experience too. I rarely have to take a Loratadina now
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Post by borderreiver on Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:34 am

1 tsp of honey/day is just plain old good preventative medicine.
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