After having a nasty "attack" a few days ago, I finally took the plunge and bought some medication. I never realised that hayfever can just get you at any stage in life but after 40+ years of no trouble at all, I now get it quite badly. Doing a bit of research, I decided on Cetirizine (over Loratadine) as my poison of choice and it seems to be going well. My leaking tap of a schnoz stopped running after 20 mins and I can now breathe freely again.
Now to my question. I've read all the blurb that came with the medication, and I've also "Googled" quite a lot of articles but I cannot find an answer to what I thought would be a simple thing:
How long do you take the tablets for?
I get that they are 'one-a-day' pills and I've just taken my second one but, in all honesty, I feel fine. So, what do you guys 'n' gals do? Do you stick to a strict regimen - i.e. regardless of how you feel you continue taking the pills to remain trouble-free? Or, do you only take them when trouble strikes or if you think the pollen count is high and you've got to go out/work etc? Perhaps you only take them when symptoms appear and continue taking them until it's over/passed?
I never really considered that this might be something I'll have to take for the rest of my days but; as I say; nothing I could find explained how this works. It was last summer that I noticed I was getting watery eyes in the evening and a slight running nose quite regularly(only one nostril though - weird huh?) but didn't give hayfever a serious thought. This time though, it's the full monty. Streaming eyes, nose, sore throat and sinus pressure. Lovely! I've also found out that you can NEVER have too much toilet paper on hand...
If you are a 'sufferer' and can offer me the pearls of your wisdom then I would appreciate it. Oh, and may all your summers be as pollen-free as possible. Hehe.
Best regards to all, Phsy.