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Wow, reading these posts is depressing...it seems like nothing really works. I've only developed rhinitis over the last year...it runs in my family. My grandma had it for years, my mum had it from 17 till she was in her 30s, my sister's had it forever...I thought I'd got away with not getting it, until last year, and since then it's been unbearable. It comes on suddenly with no warning, usually an attack lasts really intensely for 24 hours then leaves me really exhausted the next day, and then it's gone until the next time. I've had to leave work numerous times (I'm training to be a nurse and dripping nasal fluids on patients is not cool)... It's so bad sinetimes that my face swells up from all the fluids. I get it so often recently but there doesn't seem to be any obvious triggers (which is the same for my family). Yesterday I was doing some gardening so I ditched the tissues all together and just let the drip do it's thing (yeah, gross I know but it saved my nose getting even more sore and dry from constant wiping)... And I kid you not, it was like a large raindrop coming out of my nose every couple of seconds...I have to drink so much water to stay hydrated. Driving is a nightmare coz of the constant sneezing and running eyes. Seeing actual people is out of the question coz I look like a puffed up red nosed ogre and it makes me irritable and impatient (I'm a very placid tolerant person usually)... I've tried most of the antihistamines on the market, I've tried nasal sprays, cold and flu remedies, and nothing even touches the side.
And does anyone find that people constantly ask you if you've got a cold? And you get the impression that people think you're just being a wimp with a runny nose? I feel like no-one understands how incredibly miserable it makes you feel when you're in the clutches of an attack.
I just want it to stop and go away. How can I make this happen???
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