Friday, September 23, 2011


Recently I have had the most terrible Allergies! I think it's my parents fault, I inherited their susceptibility to pollen or whatever it is. My father always get such bad allergies that all the drugs in the world never seem to help. He is sneezing and blowing his nose all day, then his eyes are so itchy he has trouble keeping them open. Now on my mothers side she gets head aches and terrible sinus pressure pain, enough to put her off a day of work. Then what happy mixture do you get when you combine these wonderful things? That's right, me!
I guess I lucked out though, because the days I'm really afflicted with my allergies are few and far between, usually just a simple Claritin will do. But as of late I have had probably the worst reaction I have ever experienced.
It all started with a normal bad pollen day, I thought just a simple pill, some extra water and I would be good. But NOPE, boy howdy was I mistaken!
As the day progressed I gradually got worse and worse, my nose was beginning to require tissue paper, and I was sneezing more then a few times. By this stage I was wondering if I had actually taken the allergy pill , or if it had been an Advil by mistake?
More Time elapses and I'm starting to feel pressure on my forehead and upper cheeks just below my eyes. Sinus Pressure, oh no, I could tell this day was not going to end well. I was right, by the end of the day My head feels like you could poke it with a pin  and pop it and even my voice now sounds like I'm sick due to congestion. Feeling like my day was wasted I take great comfort in the thought that healing occurs mainly while asleep, and that I would wake up feeling better the next day.
The next day, I'm feeling good, my nose is not super clogged and my head has only very small amount of pain. Feeling pleased I go about my day, take my normal allergy pill again, and go to school. Now, I think the trees or other pollen producing plants could tell I was feeling better so they must have redoubled their efforts and targeted my nasal cavity with their pollen because after just two hours I was already back to terrible life wasting feeling I was at the night before and I had the whole day to survive.. By the fourth Hour in the second day of my allergy attack I was starting to get a even larger and more sever and pinpointed head ache. The worsening effect , and pain when touching the effected area told me one thing. My allergies have given me a Sinus Infection. I then realized that My allergies were going to kill me if I did not step up my game.

 Having reached the point of kill or be killed I needed to get the big guns out, and take off the gloves and stop messing around. I needed to do something serious!

I went to the store and and got myself a two pack of something called Emergen-C . It's a powdered 20 calorie form of a multi vitamin with the emphasis on Vitamins C (1000 mg) and B (ranges from 25%-500% of daily value) and also has a wide range of lesser minerals and things like calcium zinc and chromium (most of these are about 5% daily Value) .

I took both packets, and within 30 minutes I was feeling better, not great, not good, but better.

Here is the two pack how it comes, and the on the right is a single packet. They fold back the top to make it more compact, that is why the bend in it.
Emergen-C in package
Emergen-C packet

Then all the nutritional information , the weirdest stuff I saw on the packet were things called Alpha Lipoic Acid (1mg) and Quercetin (1mg)  . These are both things I have not heard of but I'm happy to look it up! If you interested just give me a holler~!

Emergen-C Nutrition info
And Finally, I'm very happy they decided to cater to the kind of people who cant understand putting less water into the bottle makes it a stronger flavor. But least it shows they care
Emergen-C Flavor Guide
How I drink my Emergen-C

I decided to go with a stronger flavor by adding less water. This stuff is the best because it actually tastes good! and you don't get the gross "after burps" you get from regular Vitamins!

Now to wrap it up. I went and got a larger box of Emergen-C and took one every hour for 4 hours, and by the end of the day I was feeling about 75% better. Still not great, but much better. So I would recommend getting this stuff, least for a try if your feeling down, or starting to get sick.

KK! thanks for reading, next time I'll show you what else I have been doing in my Anatomy class!


  1. Hmm, I didn't know that stuff actually works...

  2. Same idea as "Airborne", except they said they were an all around immune system/cold/allergy remedy. Now they just advertise as a vitamin C supplement i believe.

  3. @Sub-Radar-Mike : Yeah, this stuff works on me just great!

    @Sieger: I forgot about Airborne, but I rember that the owner sold the name and right and stuff to some other company and they corrupted it, so she bought it back. That stuff works great too, but I think Emergen-C is more common where I live.

  4. Thank you. This could come handy. I dont have allergies, but I used to have them. As long as I dont springclean

  5. Interesting I've seen that stuff before

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  12. just had to buy a pack had a sneeze attack at work

    1. haha, allergies this year are the worst! I love this stuff for just that reason!

  13. I love Emergen C! it works great on cold and flu too!