I didn’t really have allergies until a few years ago and I don’t know if it’s an age related thing or a pollen count related thing, but they keep getting worse.
A couple years ago I started taking Claritin and that helped so I never bothered to go to an allergist to find out the exact things I’m allergic to or to get a prescription. The problem with travel is you really have to be preemptive and stay on top of it. Whatever I’m allergic to started about 1 month ago so that is when I started taking pills, but when I would travel to colder climates I would forget to bring my pills or I’d skip a few days. This meant I landed in Atlanta or Charlotte and would be that annoying person next to you sneezing with a runny nose “It’s not contagious, it’s just allergies!” It’s still annoying, none-the-less.
Now Charlotte is mostly cleared up, but if the same pollen is where I travel I’m sure I’ll continue sneezing. I’m getting sick of Claritin and it’s expense, even for the generic form and even at Costco. Since “local” means something different to travelers and I can’t moderate myself with sweeteners I have not tried the local honey route. I used to have easy access to local honey and my allergies were actually worse when I was eating it. Instead of just sneezing I had horrible eye itching as well and had to use allergy eye drops.
Just last week I decided to give up on Claritin and I started taking Quercetin instead. Now I rarely sneeze and when I travel to markets with weather a month behind Charlotte I have no issues. It doesn’t give me any medicine head and seems to work much better than Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra ever did.