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I've had year-round allergies since I was like 5 years old. With time, they've only gotten worse, and at this point, they are significantly disrupting my life. I can hardly breathe through my nose because it's so stuffy; I am constantly sniffling (once every 5-10 seconds); I cough all day long; I clear my throat every couple of seconds. I constantly feel like I am choking because I have so much post nasal drip in my throat. It has even been obstructing my breathing lately, especially when I'm running or exercising. I get horrible headaches from coughing and sniffling so much. The coughing and throat clearing is so disruptive to myself and other people that I've started doing this thing where I clear my throat without making any noise. It can't be good for my throat because it is painful and leaves my throat sore.

I don't even know what I'm allergic to because every time I get tested, the results are different. I've had an ENT look at my nose and throat, and he didn't see any signs of acid reflux.

I take a prescription antihistamine every night. It hardly does anything. I was on allergy shots for 3 or 4 years, but saw absolutely no improvement, and the doctors saw no point in continuing treatment. I used a steroid nose spray for 5 or 6 months. No difference. I use saline spray every night. I have an air purifier in my room, and I've tried humidifiers. I've even tried using a neti pot, but my nose is so congested that the water comes right out of my mouth. Nothing I've ever done has helped me at all.

I have pets at home, so my allergies are absolutely unbearable when I'm home over the summer. But they are still terrible when I'm away at college and I'm not around any pets. Getting rid of the pets is not an option.

I really don't know what to do. I can't continue living like this. Please, if you have any suggestions for fixing this, I would really appreciate it.

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