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I need your help! I have had year-long "seasonal" allergies for about my whole life (it's a driving reason for why I'm doing Whole30). I'm not sure what part of my allergies are food-related and what part is actually environmental/seasonal allergies and hoping to find out through this!

 

I typically daily have to take both a Zyrtec and use Flonase to keep my allergies somewhat under control. I've been trying to forego both but finding it really hard to deal and my allergies are flaring up pretty bad - itchy, dry eyes, runny nose, some congestion, etc. Wondering if I can/should have either of my medications, and if so which one is the least disruptive to my system while doing Whole30. I'm really trying to stick to the plan 100% so either way I'll try to wean off of them through the month if I am feeling better.

 

Any advice is appreciated - thanks!

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You can (and should) continue to take your allergy medications if you are suffering.  As you have been suffering for your entire life, it is unlikely that you are going to find immediately relief in your condition this quickly.  

 

If you want to use one or the other, you would have to read the ingredient list and see which has non-compliant ingredients (soy and dairy being huge disruptors, sugar not so much).

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Here's the inactive ingredients in both:

 

Zyrtec Inactive ingredients are: lactose monohydrate; microcrystalline cellulose; colloidal silicon dioxide; croscarmellose sodium; magnesium stearate; titanium dioxide; hypromellose; and polyethylene glyco

 

Flonase inactive ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose and carboxymethylcellulose sodium, dextrose, 0.02% w/w benzalkonium chloride, polysorbate 80, and 0.25% w/w phenylethyl alcohol.

 

Thinking Zyrtec may be the better choice - especially as Flonase is a steroid and probably "messes with" my system more overall...

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Hmmm...Zyrtec's first ingredient is lactose monohydrate which is dairy.

 

If you are simply looking at them from a W30 standpoint, ingredient wise, Flonase would be less disruptive to your gut. 

 

That said, we are not medically trained and cannot give advice on a course of action regarding medications.  It would be up to you and your health care provider to determine what you should/could take and what you should/could cut back on.

 

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Your doctor or pharmacist may be able to recommend a dairy free alternative. Dairy, gluten and soy are often the most disruptive in medications, but there's also sugars and artificial sweeteners. Allergy pills are usually very small, but as I've learned for myself, even a small amount of gluten has a big impact.

 

Talk to your doctor about possible changes and keep in mind that changing a medication during or after Whole30 can make it hard to tell the difference between changes from the program and changes in medication.

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