My nose was runny yesterday evening, and I took my customary antihistamine, and it didn’t work. So all night I was up with a runny nose. Not much congestion, no other symptoms, just a dripping nose, like a slow, annoying faucet.
First thing in the morning went to Walgreen’s and talked to the pharmacist about antihistamines. He said people can become acclimated to antihistamines and often rotate among several different ones. Anyway the one I had been taking was “old school,” and suggested I try the Walgreen’s version of Zyrtec. The one I’ve been taking for years (which apparently doesn’t work for me any more) is a 4-hour pill. So if you don’t get immediate relief, you can take another pill in 4 hours. I like this.
The Zyrtec knock-off (like all of the newer pills) is a 24-hour pill. The pharmacist said it should start working with the hour. That was nine hours ago and I haven’t had one SPECK of relief. My nose has been running steadily and I’ve been sneezing my head off all day.
And I can’t take another pill for 15 hours! WTF am I supposed to do in the meantime?
And anyway, why take another fake Zyrtec when the first one did NOTHING?
It was fun at the hairdresser today. Every time I got ready to sneeze, I gave her a signal, so she could pull the scissors away from my head for safety’s sake. Many other people at the salon and at work were sneezing. This is probably the annual invasion of cedar pollen that happens around here, but I’ve never had it this bad.
I’m at my wits’ end. I’ve already:
- Had hot tea and inhaled the vapors from the cup
- Sat on the edge of the bathtub and breathed in steamy vapors from a scalding shower (for about 10 minutes).
- Pressed on acupuncture points on my face and earlobe as suggested by one website.
- Right now I have a wad of kleenex dipped in Vicks VapoRub stuffed up each nostril (and boy, do I look cute). The inside of my nose is still itchy and scratchy even through the iciness of the Vicks.
This is driving me insane. I got about two hours sleep last night.
Any home remedies? Hanging upside down? Hitting myself in the head (or elsewhere) with a hammer?