May 19, 2003

The Sneezening

It came in the night, without warning. As invisible as it is sinister, it crept into our home, into our yard, into our neighborhood… everywhere. One day there were no sniffles, no sneezing, no pollen. Everything was good. Defenses were in place. We had no fear. But then, suddenly…

All hell broke loose in my nose.

Reinforcements were called in. I laughed at my runny nose’s imminent demise as I popped a Claritin tablet into my mouth and chuckled as I washed it down. This year I was ready for the bastards. Then, shockingly, the worst thing imaginable happened. Within an hour I knew I was doomed.

The Claritin had no effect.

I sneezed, I blew my nose, I sneezed, I closed the door, I sneezed, I washed my face, I sneezed, I dared not set foot outdoors, I sneezed, I sneezed, I sneezed. Finally, there were a few respites from the onslaught which, while brief, provided me with enough mental clarity to realize that I’ll be needing an air cleaner and better, more powerful, drugs.

Suggestions on either would be appreciated.


Rachelle Bowden

walt, my allergist prescribed allegra to me now that claritin is OTC.. yesterday, i was in central park and still sneezing like crazy. I dont know what the deal is. i have an appt in a bit.. I’ll let you know what he says.

Walt Dickinson

I’m off to Kaiser tonight to have my nose looked at. I’m looking closely at this Honeywell and this Bionaire air cleaners. Does anyone have any insight on these or other models? Thanks.

Rachelle Bowden

i have a holmes but it’s crap and i dont like it (how’s that for a great review?) heh

Laura Dickinson

Hi Walt, Don’t know the details of the makers of the air cleaners but I recommend the type with HEPA filters and replaceable(or washable) prefilters. The Real Goods website has some good ones. I’ve drooled over the expensive really quiet one for some time. (Ionizer type aircleaners work well but may have long term health risks.) I have an Envirocare by Honeywell that is available for you to have if you want it. It needs a new replaceable filter. Also have some zrtec samples. Art and I are both taking that. See you soon.

Jessyca Wallace

My whole family are Allegra users and we’re loyal to it because it always works for us. If you’re still looking for immediate relief, you might try Benadryl…heavy-handed but quite effective!