Simple non-pharmacological and avoidance measures do help. For example, a simple saline (salt water) nasal douche or lavage is effective. Saline and sea water nose sprays (Sterimar) help flush pollen grains off the nasal mucosal and improve nasal patency. While a little Vaseline applied to the lower nostrils on cotton bud is both soothing and protective. Wrap-around sunglasses are helpful and occasionally a face and nose mask may be necessary. Monitoring of pollen forecasts and remaining indoors during mid morning and early evening (when pollen counts peak) will help. Taking an immediate shower and change of clothing after extended outdoor exposure will reduce pollen levels transferred indoors. Additional prophylactic medication may need to be taken on days when pollen counts are excessively high. When travelling by car, be sure to close the windows and put on the air conditioner to filter out pollen. Special pollen arresting filters and ionisers in the home are expensive and often ineffective.
Reta, I know what you mean, oxycontin is way too expensive!! There are many meds. that can be just as effective & even more effective & a LOT cheaper. Everyone is different & what works for one may not work for another. It also depends on what is causing your pain as opioids are not a one size fits all. You need to tell your doc that it is just too expensive & he should have no problem giving you something different. Be Careful of stopping a time release med. like oxycontin that you have been on for awhile as stopping “cold turkey” can be dangerous, so you need to let your doc know asap. I hope all goes well.