As everyone who knows me is aware, I’m allergic to everything. It’s so bad, I should be in a bubble. Exposure to avocado, melon, bananas, latex or bees could kill me. I’m allergic to all fruits, vegetables and nuts, to various degrees, so my diet is very limited. I’m allergic to grass and plants so I’m not stoked to be outside. I’m allergic to all animals, and one lick from a dog can give me painful hives for days.
For the past two years, I’ve been doing allergy shots, which is a medical procedure where 1-3x a week, you go to an allergist who injects you with the things you are allergic to (in small quantities and in your skin, not your veins). The idea here is that exposure therapy can help your body build up immunity over time.
It’s definitely an incredibly effective practice, but it’s prohibitively expensive. I have such a high bill to pay down that I’ve had to stop going to get shots for the time being. Now, it’s time to move to over-the-counter solutions.?
I have taken Allegra every morning for as long as I can remember. Unlike antihistamines like Benadryl, which make you feel like a zombie or cause you to fall asleep, Allegra doesn’t target the histamine in the brain that makes you feel awake and focused. You don’t feel any different, but you ARE way less allergic. I am constantly aware of how well it works, because if I forget to take it one morning, the entire day is miserable and unbearably itchy.
However, it still doesn’t solve a lot of the congestion, sinus and breathing problems I have. Apparently I have a “nasaly” voice, because I have a deviated septum and my nose is constantly inflamed with allergens. It’s just something I’ve learned to live with, though. Because it’s not itchy, painful hives, it has become my new normal and I barely notice it.
So when I got the chance to try new ClariSpray allergy nasal spray, I wasn’t TOO excited. After all, in my mind, my sinus problems weren’t so bad, and Allegra takes care of my day-to-day allergen exposure. After a few days of trying it, though, I was hooked.
It turns out that I DON’T have to feel all clogged and inflamed every day! It turns out I can breathe out of both nostrils, not sniff all day and feel significantly less pressure in my sinuses/face. All I need is a nasal spray!
ClariSpray definitely worked quickly for me, but it’s designed to be used over time. I started and stopped the treatment (since I was using steroid drops in my eyes at the time, and the two medicines cannot be mixed). But now that I’m done with my allergy eye treatment, I can’t wait to jump back in to this spray. All you do is hold one nostril closed, spray the medicine in the other nostril and inhale. Done! Now you can breathe.
Of course, it has a terrible side effect of the nasty smelling/tasting medicine dripping down your sinuses into your throat. All nasal sprays have this and it’s awful. If you gag easily or are easily made nauseous, ClariSpray might really bother you. And I’m not going to lie and tell you it’s not very unpleasant. It is. But, the effects are so worth the temporary shock of a nasty slime thing dripping down the back of your throat.
Everyone I know suffers from so many allergies, and this simply does not have to be the case. Just head to the store, pick up this spray and call me in the morning.
Disclosure: I received a bottle of ClariSpray to review. All opinions are my own.