How about using a face mask for pollen allergy?

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  1. Harry94025

    Harry94025 Been here awhile

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    Hi Guys,

    Wondering if others have had good results for allergy relief by wearing a face mask while riding? My allergies have really kicked in this year (SF Bay Area), and I've stayed off my motorcycles for the last three weeks.

    I use Claritin daily and last week got a prescription for Flonase. Even with those, I pretty much have to stay indoors until the pollen counts drop...

    Harry
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  2. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    Fwiw, years ago I worked with an allergist on my allergies. She gave me a gazillion samples of all kinds of different prescription allergy medications. She wanted me to try each for a few days, keep records, and see which one(s) worked for me.

    She was right, some did little to help, others helped greatly. Some would knock me for a loop, others wouldn't bother me. Through this testing process, we were able to find the "right" prescription medication for me.

    You might want to try the same with your doctor.
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  3. Proveick

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    Get some local honey, has antigens. Teaspoon in tea morning and another in the afternoon and you'll be surprised. :D
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  4. SgtDuster

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    Did you try the ol' diphenhydramine (Benadryl and the like)?

    I tried every antihistamine available to no luck. I tried every new pills as soon as they were hitting the shelfs. Even Flonase did nothing but induces nasal discomfort.

    Only the Benadryl Elixir was helping but, damn, it was like being hit by a sledgehammer on the forehead.

    And then I started to take the "old" Benadryl pills every morning. After 1-2 weeks, the adverse effects disapeared. Only one 25mg pill does the trick but I repeat in the afternoon if I feel the need for it.

    It's a new life for me now!

    I don't know how practical a mask would be on a day to day basis.
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  5. fast4d

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    I used flonase and claritin for years.

    they no longer work well for me.

    I just switched to nasalcort and zyrtec and got a big improvement.

    like tha man said above. you have to find one that works for you.


    my wife gets allergy shots. now that is extreme....
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  6. DustyRags

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    Oh man, I moved to the Bay Area to get AWAY from pollen allergies. For me, it's helped. But the Valley (Fresno, Davis, Sacramento) was a miserable place.

    You know what finally fixed it? Getting a HEPA filter. Seriously. Get a HEPA filter (I got mine from Le Target for about 70 bucks), and run it every night while you sleep. It gives your body the break it needs to not freak the fuck out during the day. HUUUUUUUGE difference.

    Make sure you get one with filters that can be cleaned, otherwise you'll be buying very expensive filters on a regular basis. :deal
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  7. Gripsteruser

    Gripsteruser Got a handle on it

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    Face mask won't keep your eyes from collecting pollen.

    If I get enough of that exposure my eyelids start to swell.
    Plus the pollen goes down the tear ducts and into my nose - and .....

    I take loratadine (which doesn't work very well but it's non-drowsy) and hope for regular rains to clear the air.
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  10. pringles mcingles

    pringles mcingles no me joda

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    Harry, talk to an allergist about getting shots. I've had bad allergies my entire life, but now that I'm on the shots, I'm allergy free! Give it a shot; it was one of the best things I've ever done.
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  11. Vanishing Point

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    Ask your doc for a prescription of Singulair. For some folks it works dramatically well.
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  12. Harry94025

    Harry94025 Been here awhile

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    Thanks everyone for your comments. I will ask my doctor for a referral to see an allergist, but am also going to try a mask.

    It's only been in the last five years or so (I just turned 60) that this allergic condition has manifested itself. It would be nice to address this problem so I can get back to my outdoor activitiesÂ…

    Harry
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  13. fast4d

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    that's generic claritin. I've been using it up until lately.

    wondering why it was so cheap compared to others. well....because it doesn't work well.
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  14. psychopompos

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    It works, but not the typical OTC 10mg dose. The thing is, if you take a big enough dose to feel its effects it puts you to sleep. Through combination of placebo and chemistry it can provide some relief for mild symptoms (or half-assed relief for serious symptoms).
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    Get a prescription for medical marijuana.
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  17. schnutzy

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    lots of good advice about meds and seeing an allergist. i did that many years ago and after a few tries we found the right combo of meds for me, and with the addition of allergy shots, ive not had much of a problem in years. but while trying to figure out just what worked for me, i would use a face mask when doing anything outside like cutting the grass, etc and it worked wonderfully. not sure if you will have the same success while on a motorcycle(or how well one would fit under a helmet) but it seems like it couldn't hurt to try it out.
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  18. MrPulldown

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    The smoke from the wide fires gets pretty bad around here in the summer. The problem with using a surgical or even insutrial particle mask is keeping them in place. I use a full face, MX or street helmet. THey tend to slip off when you put the helmet on.

    I use this when trail riding in groups.
    http://www.wolfsnout.com/
    It does ok for the dust, but not very good for the smoke. Still feel that it is better than nothing. I sometimes wish I could wear my resporator and ride. I have also tried to line the inside with better filter material. It ends up looking like a little wad of tissue in the inside corner of the snout. Maybe if I did a little more modding of the linear/snout.

    I always feel an urge to oil the snout, after all it is a foam filter. I am sure it would work better. Maybe jsut get it wet?

    Under hard riding it gets a little hot.

    These will jsut slip off.


    These look like they can actually filter stuff out. Not sure how good it will stay in place. Looks like a ski type nephonrean face mask, which I find difficult to keep in place. I have tired various face covering for cold weather riding as well. Maybe mate that with a thin balacalva. I have one of those styled face mask and it stayed put.

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  19. LowInSlo

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    The other thing is to try the nasal rinse, like Neti Pot. I do that religiously every morning, makes a huge difference.
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