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Pollen allergies in Vegas

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by LucyR., Jun 2, 2012.

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  1. LucyR.

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    Last Month in May.... I was in Vegas for a few days. There were some strong winds during the day.
    On my last night..... all of a sudden I felt like a cold was starting. I felt real sick with allergies. My eyes felt puffy and watery and I kept rubbing my eyes.
    I took some cold medication and went to sleep.

    The next morning I was okay and flew home.

    Yesterday, I went to see my doctor about my problem with pollen allergies.
    I am allergic to pollen, grass, and dust. My Doctor gave me all kinds of meds to relieve my allergy symptoms.

    I will be in Vegas tomorrow. I plan to protect my eyes from the winds. I plan to take a quick shower after I return to my hotel room. I plan to put the
    clothes I wore during the day in a plastic bag for the dirty laundry.

    I plan to drink lots of hot teas in the evenings.

    Does anybody have any other suggestions? LucyR.
     
  2. ABQJeff

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    Pollen counts are moderate in Las Vegas right now. But it is very windy and hot, so dust will be an issue if you're going outside for a while. I don't know what your tolerance for smoke is, but a long night in the casino can be nearly as bad.
    Where I live pollen gets very high in the spring. Putting clothes away is a good idea. For me a hot shower, a sinus rinse and a benedril does wonders. I hated the sinus rinses at first, but they did me a world of good, and while I still won't say I love doing it, I love the results.
     
  3. Jimbo338

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    Lucy,
    My suggestion is to not go to LV anticipating an allergic reaction. They can happen anywhere but worrying certainly won't help. About 5 years ago I was returning to my hotel and noticed how itchy I was. Checking, I was breaking out in hives. I tried to remember if it was Benedryl that used to be a perscription written back when I worked in an ER while going to college. I decided to go to bed early knowing that if I couldn't sleep, Walgrens was 5 minutes away. I woke up and had a visible rash where the hives were but it did not itch. I went to the LVCC and attended a seminar at 8am til 9:30 without a problem but at a 10am seminar I broke out in a terrible case of the hives and left class and asked security if there was a hospital on Paradise. they referred me to a nurse in attendance. She asked if I was having any difficulty breathing and I assured her that I was not, just quite itchy. I asked her about the hospital on Paradise and she said Oh God, you don't want to go there, you'll be waiting for 14 hours.

    She gave me the address of a walk in clinic and I took a taxi there. It was about 2 hours in and out. they gave me a couple of shots and a perscription. When I returned home I saw my GP who said it could very well have been a desert flower or some odd pollen or other allergen. Since I was about 60 then and only had one other reaction in my life his advice was that it was unlikely to worry about it but gave me a perscription for allegra just in case. I have returned every year since without a problem and since I go in feb or march and temps are 60's and 70's, I am outside as much as I can be.

    Unless you have real bad allergies, I wouldn't worry. take meds or buy them if needed, and take whatever precautions necessary if you experience symptoms.

    Jimbo338
     
  4. LolaDoggie

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    Lucy, I have a lot of allergies too. Oddly enough, never had my allergies bug me in Vegas. I would suggest sunglasses when you're outside, to keep the dust out of your eyes. Keep taking your meds. Those saline rinses do help but take a bit of getting used to. Use your eye drops. Don't touch your face and/or rub your eyes. It probably won't be as windy for your next trip. Good luck. Allergies suck.
     
  5. LucyR.

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    It was my first serious allergy attack in Vegas

    It was a scary experience for me. Now that I know how to handle the problem.... I will be able to take care of myself. I packed all of my meds.

    Another problem has showed up today. My left knee is feeling weak with some pain which means I have to take it easy in Vegas and not walk around too much. I will just take the bus everywhere and have fun riding the bus.
    I have arthritis in my knees but I have some knee support devices and some pain meds for the arthritis.
    My cousin told me that the day would come when I would not be able to travel by myself anymore because of my advancing age and future medical problems.
    I do have minor problems presently but I am lucky to have great medical insurance. I can always fly home early if I should get ill.

    I don't worry about getting ill in Vegas because I see Vegas as a city near my L.A. home. It only takes one hour to fly home. LucyR.
     
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    Vegas is one of the few places I can actually breathe fully. I love it there. Don't come visit us in Wisconsin or you will feel like someone is sitting on your chest.

    I would expect the dust was a big part of it - that doesn't really bother me so I am lucky there. But oh my it has been planting season around here............:grrr:
     
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    I don't have allergies in Vegas, I have the exact opposite. My nose and lips get so dried out sometimes I have nosebleeds. Plus, I don't think there has been one trip where I have actually remembered chapstix, lol.

    :beer:
     
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    I use saline spray for cleaning out my nostrils. I don't like the medicated sprays because they cause bleeding, at least they do for me. Claritin is a big help but you need to start a few days ahead of time in my experience. Claritin-D has pseudoephedrine and will clear your sinuses if you can't breathe. I hate the side effects, I get very speedy and sometimes things taste weird, but will use it if I can't sleep. Bosch & Lomb (sp?) has allergy relief eye drops that I find works great, I think Visine has a similar project.
     
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    We were there last month also and my wife had a real problem with her allergies. She had to take something everyday. Normally she's not too bad and we go the same time every year. Not sure what was going on this year other than it was hotter than usual for May.
     
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    My allergies and my arthritis in my neck and toe all get better when I'm in vegas. My trips to Vegas are some of the best sleep I have without nose clogging and such. I guess with allergies, you just can never tell what will happen when you change environments.
     
  11. LucyR.

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    I am bacckkk......

    I had a great time in Vegas. But the winds were so strong that I had to wear my eye goggles. It felt great wearing them. It protected my eyes from the winds.
    I used all of my meds to control my allergies and it worked. I even bought me the saline rinse for my sinus.

    I walked a lot and my arthritis on my knees didn't affect me much which was great.

    I went dancing and had a lot of fun. LucyR.
     
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