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  • spring allergies coming soon. what do we use w/ severe dry eyes?

    i again need soemthing other than steriods .. i have severe eye allergies on top of mgd and sjogrens.. ahhh.what to do..
    has anybody tried singulair??

    what about Cromolyn -is that drying? of course im allergic to preservtives too... if anybody can help it would be so appreciated.. i may have to order a big bubble to livein.. lol
    Jenny

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    try Leiter's - they can Rx cromolyn pf -- but, kind of a pain in the butt as have to be refridge and use 4x/day.

    other wise - try allergy shots (immunotherapy) -

    or, also see an ENT MD to see if there are any nose problems that exacerbate allergies --

    that's my 2 cents for the day -

    Nikki

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    • #3
      omg Nikki=i started the Cromolyn pf about 3 weeks ago! and 4x a day..do u use them? if so do they help?? i am also on sinugair... i cant do shots as i have allergice reactions to them-i think mostly likely cause of my sjogrens.. my arms swelll like footballs-tried them 3x!

      thanks so much! i relaly hoping the cromolyn andsingulair save me.. i wont know until the flowers start to bloom-prob in a month!
      thanks!
      Jenny

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      • #4
        Patanol works well for me.
        Every day with DES is like a box of chocolates...You never know what you're going to get.

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        • #5
          im allergic to BAK or id use it..
          Jenny

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nikki View Post
            try Leiter's - they can Rx cromolyn pf -- but, kind of a pain in the butt as have to be refridge and use 4x/day.

            other wise - try allergy shots (immunotherapy) -

            or, also see an ENT MD to see if there are any nose problems that exacerbate allergies --

            that's my 2 cents for the day -

            Nikki
            i have been on the cromolyn about 3 weeks now.. do your eyes get drier for a bit after using it? mine do. just curious.thanks. :0
            Jenny

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            • #7
              yeah - they do. I haven't found a good antihistamine eye drop. What i've found that helps is using nasal corticosteroids (my MD Rxs Veramyst... there are others) - and, that tends to bring down the allergies in the eyes. Much lower incidence of steroid-induced glaucoma/cataracts with that - very low risk if any.

              and, before using a nasal steroid -- it's good to clean out the nose with a neti-pot. use distilled water for it -- otherwise you risk infection -- i use the upright bottle from neil med that uses "positive pressure" with the packets of NaCl/ sodium bicarbonate - and, after using, you can wash the bottle out following the directions (wash w/ distilled water & a drop of dishwashing liquid), adn then cook in microwave (for real!) for 1-2 minutes

              don't know if nasal steroids would work w/ sjogrens- hope they do
              Last edited by Nikki; 02-Apr-2013, 02:01. Reason: misspelling

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              • #8
                fyi i forgot that the nasal steroids also contain BAK -- nevermind then -- shoot.

                you could try ciclesonide (omnaris). is preservative free - but, some people develop candida. asked my eye MD and he recommended storing it in the fridge if used. there's a dry version of ciclesonide - i think it's pf too
                Last edited by Nikki; 02-Apr-2013, 13:46.

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