Once again I’m lurking in foreign territory, so to speak, not being a PPMSer.
The immune system mechanisms implicated in hayfever and MS are very different, so personally, I’m a sceptic about one influencing the other in any way.
However, I do think that when your baseline health level is lower - for whatever reason, including MS - other things take more of a toll.
Since my underlying health declined (not necessarily since diagnosis, as I think I had MS years before), I’ve noticed I have reduced tolerance of anything else - whether it’s period pain, colds, allergies - any annoying thing normal people sometimes get.
I’m struggling badly with what I think must be hayfever this year. I’m spending an absolute fortune on antihistamines, eye-drops, and nasal sprays.
I’ve found Benadryl the most effective antihistamine. I assumed they were all much of a muchness, but it seems not - at least for me. Sadly, the Benadryl are very expensive. I asked if there was a generic alternative with the same active ingredient (acrivastine), but apparently, it’s the ONLY product to contain that! I don’t know if it’s relevant that they are capsules, rather than pills - hence I assume slow release. Perhaps that means they are giving me more prolonged relief. But paradoxically, you can also take up to three a day, in contrast with some of the other brands, which are just one per 24 hours, which doesn’t seem to give me enough cover.
I’m finding Beconase (or anything with the same active ingredient of beclometasone dipropionate) the best of the nasal sprays. My doc prescribed it for me once, when I had non-stop runny nose in the absence of any apparent infection.
I find it does dry it up, but only if I do it absolutely religiously. The over-the-counter instructions say two squirts in each nostril, twice a day, but I know three times daily is OK, because that was the instruction when I had it on prescription.
Once it has calmed down (assuming it does), you can try reverting to a maintenance dose of twice daily.
I’m not even really suffering from congestion. It’s more like water pouring out of my nose under the effect of gravity as soon as I’m upright. It’s as thin and clear as water, so no sign of infection.
My eye (but strangely, only one of them) is doing exactly the same. Constant weeping - worse if I go out.
Not worth doing make up or anything at the moment, because with the constant nose-wiping and the crying, none of it stays in place, and I look like death warmed up anyway.
Totally fed up! And of course, I’ve still got to take everything for the MS that I do anyway, so it’s one continual round of sprays, drops and pills at the moment.
I never used to be like this, although I’ve always had a bit of a cough and a sniffle, even when I’m well. When I was a child, my nan used to insist it was a “nervous cough”, but I’m sure it’s because I have persistent post nasal drip (sorry - too much info, I know).